Growing Smiles Foundation

We are now our own 501c(3) non-profit organization, the Growing Smiles Foundation, so we can continue this program beyond dental school and into our careers as dentists!!

 

Our organization was founded by Bari Levine, a dual degree DMD/MPH student at Temple University (Class of 2016). We are a student-run group of dedicated Temple-trained dentists and Temple dental students who share the common desire to improve the oral and overall health of orphans worldwide.

Our story began in August 2013, where we designed and implemented an evidence-based, culturally sensitive oral health intervention for the children at La Sagrada Familia orphanage outside of Lima, Peru. This public health intervention served as a needs assessment and is the foundation of our program.

In June 2014:
Our group provided over $35,000 in free dental care and oral health education to over 150 orphans and supervising adults at the orphanage.

In July 2015:
We returned to the orphanage with our incredible team of four supervising dentists, 17 dental students and six of our own, newly purchased portable dental units! Our trip was a remarkable success: in five days we provided over $130,000 in comprehensive dental services. In addition, we partnered with a local dental school in Lima who will visit the orphanage in between our annual visits to provide follow-up care.

In August 2016:
Our dental team visited Jose Maria Arguedas Elementary School in Chorrillos, Peru and provided over $140,000 in free, comprehensive dental services with the incredible help of the local dental school, Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC). Together with UPC, we saw over 350 patients. Children from the school can receive follow-up preventive dental treatment from dental students at UPC, making our annual outreach program sustainable.

In 2017….
That part of journey has not yet been written! But one thing is for sure, we need YOUR continued support!