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Healthy Smiles For Kids of Orange County (Healthy Smiles) is a children's health non-profit with a mission to improve the oral care of children in Orange County through collaborations directed at prevention, education, treatment and advocacy. Healthy Smiles was established in 2003 by caring members of the community to address our County's soaring rates of tooth decay. Annually, we touch the lives of over 30,000 children.
We have a 7,000 square foot pediatric dental facility, the Smile Center, located within the CHOC Children's Health and Dental Center in Garden Grove. The Smile Center provides children ages 0-17 living in underserved communities with quality and specialty dental care from routine check-ups to sedation treatment. Healthy Smiles also provides specialty dental care to children with serious complicated medical conditions through the Smile Clinic, a two-chair dental clinic and through access to operating room time located within CHOC Children's Hospital.
A patient's visit to the Smile Center begins with fun and educational activities at the Tooth Fairy Learning Center. Bilingual outreach educators teach and demonstrate the basics of oral hygiene and nutrition to families and children.
Healthy Smiles is a satellite site of The Ostrow School of Dentistry of University of Southern California, Advanced Pediatric Dental Residency Program and through this partnership, Healthy Smiles provides a full range of sedation dental services at both the Smile Center and the Smile Clinic that address extreme and complex oral issues and children with medically fragile conditions.
Healthy Smiles also screens children throughout Orange County through its school-based prevention program aboard the Smile Mobile; in addition to providing classroom education in oral health, nutrition and wellness.
Healthy Smiles is the lead agency of the Orange County Pediatric Oral Health Collaborative, a coordinated group of community clinics offering dental services and through its prevention and education services, we link children to community clinics for routine care.
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