Eagle County Smiles, now in its eighth year of operation, is a community collaborative program of the Vail Valley Charitable Fund that offers low cost dental care to local children, birth to 18 years of age, that are under insured or non-insured. Over 500 children have been served by the program since its inception in 2010. Through the program children develop a dental home and a relationship with a local dental provider, as well as lifelong healthy dental habits through preventive, restorative and educational care. Eagle County Smiles depends upon the collaboration of dozens of community partners including nurses, doctors, dental care providers, public agencies and non-profit leaders. The program's goal is to help any child who needs it, whether it's a simple teeth-cleaning or something more serious.
If you know a child who needs dental care, contact their school nurse, medical provider or dentist for a referral to Eagle County Smiles. You may also contact the Vail Valley Charitable Fund for more information at 970-524-1480. An application process is required prior to dental services being provided.
“I am 16 years old and I am very lucky to be a part of the Eagle County Smiles in so many ways. Before getting help from this program I had never visited a dental office. Bringing you to the conclusion that I needed seven root canals, five crown buildups, two extractions and seven fillings. Very painful treatment, but at the end it was all worth the pain and time. I’m almost done with all the treatment I need and if it wasn’t for Eagle County Smiles I don’t know how my family and I could’ve paid for all this. Finally I can smile and feel confident about my teeth. Thanks to Eagle River Dentistry and the amazing people from Eagle County Smiles for making this happen for me. Now I know I have someone to count on and will take good care of my teeth. Once again thank you Eagle County Smiles for making a difference in my life.” -- Christopher R., Gypsum
Support is provided from United Way of the Eagle River Valley, Vail Valley Cares, Vail Resorts Epic Promise and private donors.
The following dental care offices participate in Eagle County Smiles:
All Kids Dental
- Castle Peak Dental
- Gypsum Dental
- All About Smiles
- Mountain Family Health Centers
- Eagle River Dentistry
- Peak Dentistry
- Pediatric Dental Group of Frisco
- Vail Dentistry
- Vail Valley Dental Care
- Vail Valley Oral Surgery
“Our programs could not be successful without Eagle County Smiles. The program assists us in providing access to oral health services, meeting a 90 day State mandate for all children enrolled in Head Start and Eagle County Preschools to have an oral health screening. Prior to this program many children did not have access to oral health services, impacting the goals/objectives of our programs.” -- Beth Reilly, Eagle County Schools