Our Impact

Early Smiles saves money and smiles with $47 Million in estimated savings to Sacramento County taxpayers, public schools, government, and families.

The Value of Collaboration

The partnership, collaboration, and support of the Center for Oral Health, the Department of Health Care Services, LIBERTY Dental Plan, HealthNet, Access Dental Plan, Oral Health Solutions, and the public school health services staff across Sacramento County make the work of Early Smiles possible. Early Smiles saves money and smiles with an estimated $47 million in annual savings to Sacramento County families, public schools, and government.

Improving the Oral Health of Sacramento County Children through Prevention

Early Smiles Sacramento prevents overuse of emergency rooms for preventable oral health concerns, like abscesses, oral health infections and overgrowth of harmful bacteria, by providing school-age children oral health education, oral health screenings, and connection to dental care. Our work saves an estimated $13 million in health care costs annually. (Sources: National Oral Health Survey, USCA, and the CA Oral Health Technical Assistance Center)

Keeping Students Healthy and Ready to Learn

Missed school days affect the academic performance of students and lead to significant costs for public schools in lost average daily attendance dollars. Frequent absences are common for children dealing with the pain of untreated cavities. Early Smiles Sacramento interventions keep kids in schools, saving Sacramento County public schools an estimated $25 Million annually. (Sources: National Oral Health Survey, Early Smiles annual screening stats)

Making a Big Impact with Every Dollar

$1 donated equals $107 worth of oral health services delivered to public school students. With the efficient use of resources and strong public-school partnerships, the Early Smiles Sacramento program delivers 100 times more in the value of oral health education, screenings, fluoride varnish applications and dental referrals.

Annual impact by the numbers

Our current $1 million budget funds Early Smiles services to roughly 35% of Sacramento’s elementary public school students across 15 districts.

15 School Districts and 300+ Schools Served

Students educated on Oral Health Hygiene

Average Screenings

Average Fluoride Varnish Applications

Community Events Held to Reach Families

Children & Families served during the Pandemic

reduction in untreated decay among returning students

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