Saving Smiles Program
The purpose of the Saving Smiles Program is to promote the oral health of children by offering free, on-site preventive and limited dental care through collaboration with community partners. Untreated dental problems can cause a number of issues, ranging from pain and infection to missed school days and lower classroom performance. Our goal is to give children and families the knowledge and resources to achieve optimal oral health and maintain healthy smiles throughout life!
Please fill out the form below and one of our program coordinators will call you to schedule.
- WHERE: Partnership for Strong Families Resource Centers
- WHO: Children ages 17 and under
- WHEN: Fall 2020
- Dental exam
- Oral hygiene and nutrition education
- Preventative dental treatments including fluoride varnish and dental sealants
- Limited dental care, including SMART fillings and simple extractions of baby teeth
- A parent or legal guardian must be present with their child during the program
- Please have your child brush his or her teeth at home prior to their appointment
- In order to ensure that your child receives treatment, please arrive on time for your appointment
Program Updates in Response to COVID-19
Infection control has always been a top priority for UF College of Dentistry. Our dental outreach programs follow infection control recommendations from the American Dental Association (ADA), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Below is a summary of updated infection control measures to our community dental programs in response to new guidance from these organizations following COVID-19:
- All University employees and dental students will be tested for COVID-19 through the UF Health Screen, Test & Protect program.
- We will be implementing temperature checks for all patients and dental care providers as part of our screening protocol.
- All dental care providers will be equipped with higher-level Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including face shields, N-95 respirators, and cover gowns.
- We will utilize physical barriers such as partitions, air filtration, and plastic sheeting for added environmental protection indoors.
- Any procedures or techniques that are aerosol-generating have been removed from our programs.
- We will practice enhanced disinfectant procedures and only bring in one patient at a time to adhere to social distancing protocols.
The Saving Smiles Program is made possible through funding from the Rotary Club of Gainesville and the Children’s Trust of Alachua County.