improving oral health
Restoring Smiles with Trust, Honor and Respect.
Since 2003, Smile Network International has provided life-altering cleft repair surgeries and related healthcare services free of charge to under-resourced children and young adults outside of the US.
We are expanding access to surgical and dental services for Native American and under-resourced communities to reduce disparities in oral health that have hidden smiles for generations.
“American Indian and Alaskan Native children have five times as much untreated decay in their permanent teeth from ages six to eight as compared to the general U.S. population. One factor that continues to play a dominant role in this inequality is access to care.”
— 2017 IHS data study
role of tribal liaison
It is the responsibility of the Tribal Liaison to ensure that we honor your unique culture, respectfully recognize historical traditions, and preserve the wisdom of elders as we work together to achieve life-altering outcomes for your people. The Tribal Liaison engages Tribal Leadership to establish trust and facilitate a partnership with Smile Network International to improve oral health.