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In our community more than 60,000 children live in poverty and lack access to dental care. These children are at high risk for tooth decay, infection and dental pain that keeps them out of school.

In fact, dental pain is the leading cause of health-related school absenteeism.

If children are not in school, they can't learn. 

To address this urgent issue, Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Smart Smiles program visits schools and provides students with screenings, teeth cleaning, application of flouride and sealants, and oral health education.

But the need is much greater. 

Of the 10,000 students we care for each year, 40% need follow-up care, and more than 700 students have urgent dental care needs. 

With your help, we will meet these urgent needs with the area's first mobile dental clinic - Miles of Smiles.  

The Miles of Smiles clinic will visit schools and a dentist will treat students who have cavities, infection and other dental issues. 

As the Miles of Smiles clinic helps children get healthy and ready to learn, you can be proud that your gift has created Miles of Smiles throughout our community!

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Click the infographic below for an ANIMATION about Miles of Smiles.

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To learn more about Miles of Smiles, contact Nichole Gladney at 414-585-4905 or


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