Since our founding in 2002, Kool Smiles has invested more than $100 million into the communities we serve through education, outreach and charitable giving programs.
Kool Smiles was founded on the belief that every person deserves a dentist, 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 ADA and AAPD recommended services in order to avoid future health problems and struggles. In fact, Kool Smiles has provided more than $100 million in uncompensated care to patients in our facilities.
Our community outreach programs include Operation Troop Treats, the largest Halloween candy exchange program by a dental organization in the United States. The program encourages healthy habits at home while supporting American troops serving abroad.
Sharing Smiles Day is a national day of free dental care for children, hosted by Kool Smiles dentists and staff volunteers. In 2015 alone, more than 450 children without dental insurance received much needed dental care at no cost during Sharing Smiles Day.
Education is essential to our mission of improving dental health access and outcomes among underserved communities. That’s why we offer free dental health lesson plans and toothbrushes for K–5 classrooms. In 2014, our lesson plans were used by more than 1,200 teachers, reaching more than 34,000 students nationwide.