What is Smiles United?
Smiles United is a school-based preventive and restorative dental program that provides care for uninsured and underinsured individuals of all ages. The program improves the oral health and well-being for patients from birth to 100+ years of age by providing cleanings, fluoride treatments and sealants by way of a mobile dental unit. "Smiles" was launched in 2009 and typically brings its mobile dental unit directly to all area school districts across the Iron Range and Koochiching County; however the program also serves individuals at county buildings and community sites like UWNEMN's building in Chisholm & KOOTASCA in Grand Rapids.
What is the need?
- Tooth decay is the most common infectious disease among children. It is also largely preventable!
- Nationally, more than 51 million school hours are lost each year due to tooth decay. By providing the necessary dental care in school, children can easily access necessary preventative care in order to stay healthy!
- Children receiving dental sealants in school-based programs have 60% less decay for up to five years. Healthy children feel better in school, which helps our efforts to educate.
- 28% of Minnesotans do not have dental insurance. 53% of Minnesotans over the age of 65 do not have dental insurance.
Children's Dental Services will provide Smiles United dental care at UWNEMN in Chisholm this fall.
To make an appointment, call 1-612-746-1530.
Due to COVID-19, Children's Dental Service & UWNEMN have implemented the following precautions:
Children’s Dental Services staff will wear N95 masks and face shields.
We ask that only one parent/guardian accompany young patients into the building.
We will properly sanitize the office between patients; there will be fewer appointments in a day to allow for cleaning time between patients.
Patients will be screened with health questions, and temperatures will be taken prior to entering the building.
Patients and guardians will be asked to wait in their vehicle between appointments instead of waiting inside the UWNEMN building.
For more information on Children's Dental Services, click here.
To operate Smiles United, we rely on community support. To make a contribution to Smiles United, designate through payroll deduction at your workplace, donate online today, or send donations to UWNEMN at 608 East Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719.