KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic
KidSMILES Pediatric Dental Clinic 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 Clinic is located at 770 Bethel Road in Columbus and offers a variety of dental services to children ages 18 and younger at a cost of only $10 per visit. Services include dental examinations, radiographs, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, cavity removal and restoration, extractions, space maintenance and harmful habit correction.
With a unique operating model, treatment at the KidSMILES Clinic is performed entirely by unpaid, volunteer dentists, hygienists and other dental professionals. This model allows KidSMILES to minimize costs and maximize care. To date, more than 375 individuals have signed up to volunteer at least one day per year at the KidSMILES clinic.
To ensure that children with the most need are served, KidSMILES families must have a household income of less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level ($58,875 for a family of four).
The KidSMILES Clinic opened in December 2012 and is building capacity each month. Through partnerships with Columbus City Schools and other suburban school districts, KidSMILES has sought patients through the referrals of school nurses. They also have been actively working with United Way of Central Ohio, CDC Head Start and local social service agencies to find the children most in need of our services.
On April 2, 2013, KidSMILES will open to the public and qualifying families will be able to make appointments directly. They anticipate high demand since statistics show that more than 13,000 children in Franklin County went without needed care in 2010 and more than 34,000 children in the county have never been to a dentist. (Ohio Dept. of Health, 2011)
KidSMILES anticipates conducting 1,700 patient visits in the calendar year 2013. Many of these appointments will be during non-traditional hours including evenings and weekends to accommodate working families. In future years, they hope to expand our services by adding additional capacity.
For more information, visit www.kidsmilesclinic.com. To make an appointment for a qualified patient, call (614) 458-1711.
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