Smile Partners – Our Mission, Our People
Since 2004, Smile Partners' dental hygiene teams have been providing oral screenings, fluoride varnish applications, cleanings, sealants, referrals and oral hygiene instruction to disadvantaged children in preschools and elementary schools throughout out the Puget Sound area.
In 2015 alone, we served more than 10,000 young patients in over 100 schools where at least half the students receive free and reduced school lunches. Free or reduced school lunch enrollment rates are a federal designation that provide a key indicator of the extreme low-income status of the students at a school.
Often the rate of FRL enrollment in this low-income program is much higher than our target, with a range of 60 – 95 percent and an average of 80 percent of students in low-income status. Smile Partners also serves seniors in Kitsap County through its Smiles for Life program at the Waterfront Park Community Center in Winslow, Bainbridge Island.