Why bring sports organizations into the world of dentistry?

TeamSmile believes that most children are familiar with their hometown sports teams and look up to the players on these teams.

Because a dentist created TeamSmile, there is also the knowledge that children have a tendency to shy away from going to the dentist because of the fear of what may happen. TeamSmile identified if they could take the spirit behind sport organizations and add it to a dental outreach event; they would create an experience that would make children want to visit the dentist. The children that were afraid to go to the dentist would become excited once they knew they were going to a sports stadium to receive dental care and meet players, cheerleaders, and mascots from the team.

The sports element changed TeamSmile from being an ordinary dental outreach event into being a dental program experience. Through this unique program, children are able to receive free oral health education, screening, treatment, and are taught that the mouth and body are linked for overall health.

How do I get started?

If you’re interested in hosting a TeamSmile program in your community, please contact Program Director Kami Thomas at kami@teamsmile.org.

TeamSmile will e-mail you a marketing kit to show you how to start a program in YOUR community.