Learn About the Smile Squad

The Smile Squad Program, established in 1988 as the School Smiles Program, serves children in Polk, Warren, and Dallas counties. The first Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic, a two-chair, fully equipped, mobile RV, began offering services in 2003. This program provides onsite dental care at area schools and day cares, with potential to serve additional areas or populations in need! As the first mobile dental clinic program of its kind in Iowa, the Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic provides urgent dental services to children who do not have access to treatment.  In 2008, a second Mobile Unit was added to the squad!

The Smile Squad Program consists site based oral health projects:
  • Little Healthy Smiles provides oral health education, screenings, referrals for treatment, and fluoride varnish to children in Head Start and preschool programs.
  • Healthy Smiles and the Dental Sealant Project provide oral health education, screenings, treatment referrals, and dental sealants in schools each year.
  • Smile Squad Mobile Dental Clinic provides dental treatment services in a custom built, two-chair, mobile dental RV.

Testimonials

School Nurse Testimonials:

“Dental health is so important for the health and well-being of the children.  The Smile Squad provides the opportunity for our students to receive full dental services right here at school.  It’s such a wonderful service for some of our families!”

– Kayla Pettigrew, Perkins Elementary Nurse

 

School Nurse Testimonials:

“Dental health is so important for the health and well-being of the children.  The Smile Squad provides the opportunity for our students to receive full dental services right here at school.  It’s such a wonderful service for some of our families!”

– Kayla Pettigrew, Perkins Elementary Nurse