Smile Kentucky! is a part of a national effort of the American Dental Association. The Kentucky program works with school systems to provide education and screenings to 3-6 grade classes throughout the state. Children who are in need of dental work and have no access to services are provided free care at University of Louisville.
On the first Friday in February, the entire School of Dentistry ceases its normal operations to dedicate its entire facility, faculty, staff, and students to treating the child patients.
The Golf Scramble hosted by the Prospect Goshen Rotary Club benefits Treatment Day, sponsoring nearly 300 patients.
In 2011, Smile Kentucky! celebrated its tenth year of community service—over 143 participating schools across 11 counties, 127,000 students reached in classrooms, 37,000 free screenings, 3,000 children receiving treatment, and $1 million in donated dental care. Last fall, Oral Health America awarded the Kentucky program a 2012 NCDHM Samuel D. Harris Grant to produce the educational video, “Where’s the Sugar?” The video is designed to help children and adults learn how to measure the amount of sugar in common snacks, how to track sugar intake and how to make healthful snack choices. Delta Dental of Kentucky, Kentucky Dental Association, and Louisville Water Co. provided additional funding and video production services for the project.
A community coalition launched Smile Kentucky! in 2002. Founding partners included the Louisville Water Co., the Louisville Dental Society, the U of L School of Dentistry, Colgate, Henry Schein Dental, Northwest Area Health Education Center, and the Bullitt County Health Department. The program now includes more than 20 agencies that serve on the steering committee and 150 groups that donate time, materials, and funding. Read the Smile Kentucky! Highlights Report.