Our Mission To Provide Care Extends Globally
Being a part of the Kool Smiles family means being actively engaged in efforts to connect with, educate, and give back to the communities in which we live. Regularly, our dentists volunteer their time, providing free dental care, oral screenings, and resources on oral health at local events. Through our outreach programs, Kool Smiles dentists find an enriching sense of purpose as they interact with community members and come face to face with the importance of the Kool Smiles mission.
Community outreach initiatives at Kool Smiles include:
Operation Troop Treats
Our annual Halloween candy exchange, Operation Troop Treats, encourages healthy habits at home while supporting American troops serving abroad. Since we started the Operation Troop Treats program in 2012, Kool Smiles communities have donated more than eight tons of candy and sent 800 care packages to U.S. troops serving overseas.
Sharing Smiles Day
Sharing Smiles Day is our national day of free dental care exclusively for children, hosted by Kool Smiles dentists and staff volunteers. During Sharing Smiles Day 2016, our dentist volunteers helped more than 500 children without dental insurance receive much needed dental care at no cost.
Dental Mission Trips
Kool Smiles dentists partner with global organizations like Flying Doctors of America and Choice Humanitarian to bring much-needed dental care to communities around the globe. These international service trips are an important part of our mission and dream to give every child a happy, healthy smile — and to continue leading the way in creating dental access not only in communities throughout the U.S., but around the world!
Our doctors and other team members also participate in Missions of Mercy as volunteers donating care and dental supplies to help individuals with acute dental needs who would not otherwise have access to care.
Dental Health Education
Education is essential to our mission of improving dental health access and outcomes within underserved communities.
Dental Health Lesson Plans
Teachers are some of our most valued allies in our fight against childhood tooth decay. As part of our effort to bring dental health education out of the dentist's chair and into the classroom, Kool Smiles, with the generous support of the Benevis Foundation, is proud to provide free dental health lesson plans and toothbrushes for preschool and K-5 classrooms across the country. Our lesson plans include age-appropriate curricula to facilitate a fun and interactive classroom environment.
Interested in partnering with Kool Smiles to advance oral health education efforts in your community? We work hand in hand with social service agencies, schools and daycare centers, government bodies, medical providers, and other groups to provide dental health education in communities where our offices are located. If your agency or organization could benefit from a partnership with Kool Smiles, please fill out our community contact form so we can route your request to a representative who can serve you.
Kool Smiles was founded on the belief that every person deserves access to quality dental care, including those who don't have insurance. Although we are proud to accept Medicaid and other insurance plans that most dentists do not, we also recognize that there are specific procedures that the American Dental Association (ADA) or American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend where no specific reimbursement is available. In light of this, we believe it is our moral and professional obligation to follow through on these recommended services to prevent future health problems and struggles. In fact, Kool Smiles has provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care to patients in our offices.
Make it Memorable
Through its "Make it Memorable" program, Kool Smiles gives doctors and other team members the opportunity to donate and give back to local schools, charities, and health programs in the communities where they live and work. Each month, our offices identify organizations that are making a difference in the community and support them with Make it Memorable funds. Some of the ways our employees have chosen to give back include organizing canned food and toy drives for families in the community, volunteering at health fairs to give out dental supplies and promote good dental hygiene, sponsoring service dogs at a local children's hospital, bringing dental supplies to children overseas, donating to a GoFundMe campaign for a young patient battling cancer, and so much more. To date, the Make it Memorable program has infused tens of thousands of dollars into the local communities we serve.
Kool Smiles Scholarship Program
In 2016, Kool Smiles launched a scholarship program as a way to support talented students who are passionate about making a difference in dental care. The scholarship recognizes students whose winning essay on dental health demonstrates excellence based on clarity of content, originality, creativity and persuasiveness.