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Dakota Smiles Dental Van

Brookings Area United Way focuses on creating impact on its community.

By supporting the Brookings Area United Way you're supporting and creating a better community for you and your neighbors.

Dakota Smiles Mobile Dental Program

The Dakota Smiles Dental Program is a dentist office on wheels that offers preventative and restorative dental care to children who, for a variety of reasons, have been unable to access adequate dental care. This program is sponsored by Delta Dental and Brookings Area United Way chooses to partner each year with them to bring the dental van to Brookings multiple times each year.

United Way feels this is a crucial program to offer because dental disease can be painful for all of us, especially young children – and this in turn can affect children’s overall health leading to poor school performance. In fact, dental decay is the single most common chronic disease for early childhood – 5 times more common that asthma. Statistics say that 1/3 of SD 3rd Grade children have untreated dental decay.

In 2016, the Dental Van served 120 kids and performed $87,400 worth of dental care.

Please contact the Helpline Center by dailing 211 to set up an appointment.  Click here for parent paperwork.

2017 Schedule:
  January 23rd - January 27th  at Dakota Prairie Elementary
  June 12th - June 16th  at Brookings High School
  August 28 - September 1st at Hillcrest Elementary
  October 30th - November 3rd  at TBA