Washington State Smile Partners Programs
Smiles in Schools
This program brings preventative oral health services in pre-schools and elementary schools in the Federal Way, Tukwila, and Highline School Districts in South King County and to the Bremerton School District in Kitsap County. Preventative services include all-school oral health assessments, multiple applications of fluoride varnish, cleanings, and sealants where applicable. In addition to hygienists, this year we have added a pilot component bringing a dentist on-site for additional services.
Smiles For Life
This program for older adults (age 60+) in Kitsap County provides preventative oral health services on a sliding fee scale. Currently, the services are offered in the Bainbridge Island Senior Center.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Smile Partners started in 2004 in the Federal Way and Bremerton School Districts. In 2007, the Tukwila School District was added. Our recent success was that in the 2010-11 school year, we were invited into the Highline School District starting with five very low-income elementary schools.
Our considerable growth has added complications to our on-site delivery systems. Our challenge in the school year 2012-13 is to modify and improve the robustness of our on-site program delivery and data collection systems.