KidSMILES is a volunteer-led, non-profit dental clinic dedicated to providing quality dental care and education to children at an affordable cost to their families. The KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic is located at 770 Bethel Road in Columbus and provides a variety of dental services to children ages eighteen and younger at a cost of only $10 per visit.
KidSMILES aims to serve children from working families who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but do not have private dental insurance. Therefore, KidSMILES families must have a household income of less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level—$57,625 for a family of four. (See chart for details.)
Staffed by volunteer dentists, hygienists and dental professionals, the clinic focuses on providing services such as disease removal and prevention. To date, more than 275 members of the dental community have signed up to volunteer at the KidSMILES clinic.
KidSMILES Educational Outreach
Dental health plays a critical role in the overall health and well being of a child. Children with little or no dental care are susceptible to getting cavities that can lead to unnecessarypain, infection and malnutrition. To promote good dental hygiene, KidSMILES partnered with the Columbus Blue Jackets Foundation to create an outreach program for at-risk elementary and preschool children. The program teaches basic lessons about brushing habits and also gives each child a goody bag of dental supplies including toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and educational information.