The Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation (TDASF), founded in 2006, merged from the organization’s two existing foundations: The Texas Dental Foundation (f. 1987) and Texas Dentists for Healthy Smiles (f. 2001). Since our inception, our focus has been on education and access, providing dental care and education to the underserved population of Texas, relieving pain and improving quality of life through our very successful programs:
First, our Healthy Smiles for Texans Program provides free, comprehensive dental care to people age 62 and older, or who are permanently disabled. Since 2001, this program has provided 2,255 Texans with $7,045,416 in free, comprehensive dentistry, helping them reach complete oral health.
Second, Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) is a multi-annual travelling dental clinic that sets up in urban and rural areas all over Texas. Volunteer dental professionals provide free treatment to attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis, including fillings, cleanings, extractions, and removable partials, to relieve pain and improve oral health. Each TMOM provides between 150-1,000 people with $100,000-600,000 worth of charitable dental care. Each event relies heavily on community involvement through utilizing hundreds of volunteers from the area where each event takes place, as well as local financial support through fundraising efforts.
Third is our Education component, which provides modest scholarships to deserving first-year dental students annually, a free continuing education course open to all dental professionals each May, and two programs that support the oral health education of children and families. Fluoride Fest provides free preventative care (Fluoride treatment) to children; The Cavity-Free Corral educates children and adults attending TMOM events about proper oral health while they wait for treatment. Our newest program, SMART Smiles, goes into pre-selected elementary schools to provide oral health education and preventative care to low-income children.
TDASF’s programs have touched the lives of over 35,000 Texans, providing over $25 million in charitable dentistry since 2001.
The TDA Smiles Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in Austin, TX, that provides free dental care to underserved people all across Texas.
TDASF has provided over $25 million worth of charitable dental care to nearly 35,000 Texans since 2001 through our very effective programs. Our Healthy Smiles for Texans Program provides comprehensive dental care to the aging and disabled, while our Texas Mission of Mercy (TMOM) events deliver charitable basic dental care through a multi-annual, travelling dental clinic all across Texas. SMART Smiles, Fluoride Fest, and Cavity Free Corral offer oral health education and preventative care to children and their families. We also provide six scholarships to deserving first-year dental students each year.
We bring happy, healthy smiles to all Texans in need. Some of our programs have eligibility requirements, and we do not provide any kind of financial assistance for dental care, nor do any of our programs provide dental implants. For more info on the Texas Mission of Mercy, please visit www.facebook.com/texas-mission-of-mercy
Providing charitable dental care to thousands of Texans in need every year.
Our mission is to improve access to dental care for the underserved of Texas, and to educate the public and the profession about oral health.