ORANGE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Western Dental & Orthodontics recently broke through the 130-school partnership ceiling on its “Smiles for Schools” program, which provides funding and oral health educational information with intermediate and high schools.
The “Smiles for Schools” program was started a year ago and Western Dental quickly reached its initial goal of 100 schools within nine months. The highly successful program has given out more than $65,000 in support of schools enabling student field trips, materials, and sports equipment among other positive actions.
The “Smiles for Schools” program will pair more than 240 offices of Western Dental and its affiliates with neighboring schools throughout California, Arizona and Texas.
“We are very proud of our Smiles for Schools program, which supports good oral health habits for children of all ages,” said Dr. John Luther, the company’s Chief Dental Officer. “Western Dental is committed to partnering with our neighborhood schools and sharing our expertise regarding proper dental health practices. This is so important for children to grasp at a young age.”
Western Dental is the top provider of orthodontics services in California and Arizona, and is the leading provider of services to the Denti-Cal program that enables oral health care benefits for more than 13 million individuals and families in California.
“Smiles for Schools” funding, which is just one component of the program, is used by each school at their discretion. The program also provides support at school events, sharing oral health information with students and their parents as part of an ongoing partnership with each school.
Schools participating in the program use the funding for a variety of reasons, including field trips to educational sites, community service scholarships, and uniforms and equipment for sports teams.
“We will use our money from the Smiles for Schools program to buy more laptops for classroom use,” said John Gallegos, Community Liaison for Celerity Himalia Charter School in Los Angeles. “Our goal is to have one laptop for every student.”
To learn more about Western Dental, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.
ABOUT WESTERN DENTAL
Western Dental (with its affiliates, including Children’s Dental Group, Kids Dental Kare, and Brident Dental & Orthodontics) is one of the nation’s largest dental providers and is the leader in accessible, affordable oral healthcare, serving approximately 2.5 million patient visits annually in 245 affiliated offices throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. In addition to general dentistry, it offers orthodontics, oral surgery, pedodontics, periodontics and endodontics in its offices, creating a convenient full service “Dental Home.”
In California, Western Dental is the leading provider of services to both adults and children in the Denti-Cal program – part of the Medi-Cal public insurance program that provides health care benefits for more than 13 million low-income individuals and families. Western Dental dentists provided care to more than a half-million Denti-Cal beneficiaries in 2016 and is committed to continuing to partner with the State to help improve the program.
All of Western Dental’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that electronically monitors all patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care.