“Miles of Smiles”
Initiative Description: The “Miles of Smiles” clinic was assembled in 4 elementary schools using portable dental equipment. Dental hygiene students, supervised by a dental hygiene faculty member with an extended care permit, provided comprehensive preventive oral health care to unserved and underserved children. Dental students provided prophylaxis, radiographs, sealants, fluoride varnish, oral health education and nutritional counseling.
Study Results: Improved access to dental care for children who did not have the opportunity elsewhere.
Reference: Simmer-beck, M., Gadbury-amyot, C. C., Ferris, H., Voelker, M. A., Keselyak, N. T., Eplee, H., & … Galemore, C. (2011). Extending oral health care services to underserved children through a school-based collaboration: part 1 – a descriptive overview. Journal Of Dental Hygiene, 85(3), 181-192.
Level of Evidence: Good