SmileRestore is a dental office uniquely created to be a referral-based non-profit service to the very people who need us the most. In August of 2012, the 501 C-3 status was accepted. The original SmileRestore office was an old dental office that needed some work and remodeling. On December 1st 2014, we opened our doors to patients. Since our inception, the goals of SmileRestore have been to improve access to dental care, improve dental health, establish partnerships with other social agencies, solicit additional dental care providers for off-site and onsite service, and to fund operations. SmileRestore greatly values their patients as well as the volunteers and employees who make the operations of this non-profit possible.
How Can You Help?
Donations are needed!
Although Smile Restore is a non-profit organization, there are still expenses associated with care. We would desire that our patients, at the time of their visit, would consider making a donation to help defray these costs. Members of the community could make a major impact in our patients’ lives with a donation of any value. We greatly appreciate any and all community support whether you are a patient or not.
“We make a living by what we do, but we make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill
Volunteers are needed!
Dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants of all levels are greatly needed to help serve our community. We invite them to volunteer their services and work alongside our professional staff once or twice a month or more, and in return, they will receive the satisfaction of knowing they have helped change the life of someone who might not otherwise receive dental care.
What is the target population?
We aim to provide dental services to Northern Nevada residents (with a focus on Washoe County and the surrounding counties). We welcome veterans, families, the elderly, medically and/or physically compromised, and the underemployed and underinsured.
What is the health concern?
- The Nevada State population is 3 million
- Nearly 40% of the population have not visited a dentist or dental clinic within the past year
- Approximately 65,000 children under the age of 19 are at or below 200% FPL without insurance
- Nearly 39% of seniors have no dental insurance
- Over 18% have lost all of their teeth
- Nearly 26% have lost six or more teeth
- According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs in surveys listing and ranking the 10 highest unmet needs for homeless veterans, dental care was consistently ranked by homeless veterans as one of their top 3 unmet needs, along with long-term permanent house and childcare
- Alzheimer’s- 82% of all autopsies performed on the brains of Alzheimer’s patients had dental plaque and oral bacteria evident.
- Heart Disease- A relationship identified in the early 90’s puts heart disease and gum disease at a 95% correlative relationship.
- ER visits rise for the occurrence of dental abscesses and pain. These emergencies are not handled in hospital ERs for finality. They are treated palliatively and will occur again in most cases.