SmileHealthy is dedicated to working with the community to meet the oral health needs of the underserved by focusing on preventative care, treatment and education for a lifetime of excellent oral health, by providing high-quality dental care to all patients regardless of their ability to pay. Smile Healthy offers many forms of assistance to the community, including:
Head Start Dental Clinic – SmileHealthy provides comprehensive dental care from exams to specialty services for children enrolled in the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission’s Head Start/Early Head Start. The care is delivered at a permanent clinic at the Rantoul school and setting up mobile clinics at other Head Start sites. Care is available to the entire family of an enrolled child who uses SmileHealthy as their dental home.
Mobile Dental Program – SmileHealthy’s mobile dental program sets up inside dozens of locations each year. The program serves as the Champaign County Board of Health’s Child Dental Access Program as well as the school sealant program for several county schools. The program provides exams, preventive services, and even treatments including filling cavities and extractions for both children and adults.
Dental Health Education – SmileHealthy provides oral health education and counseling to over 7,500 contacts each year. The education program works in the Frances Nelson medical clinic visiting with women receiving prenatal care and families during Well Child clinics, provides monthly classroom education to all Head Start enrolled children, meets with patients who have visited the emergency department for dental issues, as well as attending several community events and health fairs each year.
Pediatric Restorative Outpatient Surgery – Once a month SmileHealthy dentist(s) provides comprehensive treatment under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. The program cares for three low-income children each month who have extensive treatment plans often needing 10-20 treatments at once.
During Junior League of Champaign County’s October General Meeting, dental supplies were donated by JLCU members to provide to Smile Healthy in its effort to provide dental care for all those who need it.