Healthy Smiles Academy
Healthy Smiles Academy is an on-site brushing program that partners with Springfield Public Schools, local Boys & Girls Clubs, and other organizations to teach pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students the importance of brushing their teeth. As an extension of the Tooth Truck, Healthy Smiles Academy reaches more children by providing dental education daily in the classroom. Our Academy is growing quickly, currently supporting 80 classrooms, with more than 3,700 participants.
The goal of Healthy Smiles Academy is to prevent tooth decay, the #1 chronic childhood disease. The Healthy Smiles Academy also aspires to make brushing teeth exciting and routine for children. After local schools and teachers make a daily commitment to the program, we visit each classroom with a fun presentation, educating children on the importance of brushing and building excitement to care for their teeth. The program provides the supplies, volunteer support, and ongoing oversight to make sure the Healthy Smiles Academy succeeds in every classroom.
The Healthy Smiles Academy began through a generous grant provided by Missouri Foundation for Health, and we cannot thank them enough for their support. Because of the grant, the Healthy Smiles Academy will add 800 kindergarten and pre-kindergarten children at Title I schools to our program each year for the next three years, bringing our total participants to nearly 3,000!