Smile with Heart Foundation (SWHF) was built upon the belief that every child deserves a healthy smile and access to quality oral care, even in the absence of insurance and affordability. Recent studies conclude that one in five children under the age of five has experienced tooth decay and children living in poverty are twice as likely to suffer from untreated dental issues. The correlation between oral care and overall health amplifies the urgent need for proper oral education and hygiene.* Through our partnerships and programs, SWHF provides the opportunities that connect uninsured and underserved children with services and education to improve and sustain dental care for healthier smiles and lives.
Whether our collaboration is with corporate sponsors, individual volunteers, or a network of dental professionals across a 15-state service area, our partners form a community of caring people, caring for people, to achieve our mission. Services are provided without compensation or discrimination, and irrespective of race, religion, creed, or political affiliation. Together, we weave a common thread of care and compassion that binds SWHF programs and elevates the human experience.
Our USA initiative incorporates mobile units and designated free dental days to establish a setting of preventative education and service for financially-disadvantaged children stateside while our Global program serves children through international partners in Jamaica to develop lifelong, healthy dental habits. In order to ensure future availability of dental professionals and program partners, our Scholarship and Relief & Rebuild programs provide financial resources to relieve the monetary burdens of dental school and economic and humanitarian crises so that our focus can remain on children and dental care. It is our compassion that drives us to recognize those with inadequate dental services; but, it is our partnerships through the USA, Global, Scholarship, and Relief & Rebuild programs that call us to act with care to meet those needs.