More Smiles Wisconsin’ clinics are staffed by volunteer dentists, hygienists, assistants, and pre-dental students several days/ week.
<- Dr. Dick Holthaus, DDS
“A dentist will find out that the work of More Smiles Wisconsin is even more rewarding than your regular practice. The volunteering aspect and More Smiles Wisconsin’s patients really make it special.”
Dr. David Besley, DDS ->
“As a dentist, we are given a unique set of skills; using those skills to serve those who lack dental care makes such an impact in their life. What came as a surprise was how much my time at More Smiles Wisconsin has made a positive impact on me.”
Volunteer – Frequently Asked Questions:
Who volunteers at More Smiles Wisconsin?
We are fortunate to have a group of passionate volunteer dentists, assistants, hygienists, UW students, foreign trained dentists, and community members. There are also oral surgeon and endodontic specialists in the area who take referrals on our behalf.
Who do we care for?
A review of our data shows that 75% of our patients are at-or-below 100% of the Federal Poverty Line (e.g. a family of four with a combined annual salary of $24,300). More Smiles Wisconsin patients are all uninsured or have Medicaid / BadgerCare+. Individuals and families residing in Dane County must be at-or-below 200% of the FPL to qualify for care at More Smiles Wisconsin.
Why is More Smiles Wisconsin needed?
According to Dane County Public Health, in 2014, only 43% of Medicaid enrollees had access to dental care. This statistic does not account for the many poor and uninsured individuals also lacking dental services. More Smiles Wisconsin currently has a waiting list over 500 patients and growing. More Smiles Wisconsin also works closely with the local emergency departments and urgent care centers to provide needed care during weekly emergency clinic, helping hundreds of individuals each year remove severe dental pain.
When is More Smiles Wisconsin open?
More Smiles Wisconsin has a weekly emergency clinic on Thursday’s from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. We also have several volunteer dentists who donate a morning or afternoon time M-F for more comprehensive dental services, and are flexible about accommodating your availability.
How can I help?
Volunteering on-site or accepting referrals at your practice is the number one way to help. If unable to volunteer, then monetary donations or equipment/supply donations are always appreciated. It costs roughly $200 per patient and $850 each clinic.
If you’re looking to volunteer with us, the sign-up forms can be found here.