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PennSmiles Program: Promoting Oral Health in the Community

Penn Dental Medicine is bringing healthy smiles to children throughout the Philadelphia community through PennSmiles, an oral health outreach program that travels to area schools, Head Start programs, and other neighborhood sites. Through classroom instruction and the use of the PennSmiles mobile dental van, faculty and students of Penn Dental Medicine provide:

  • Oral health education to children as well as parents.
  • Dental screenings and referrals for dental care.
  • Dental treatment on the PennSmiles dental van.

The PennSmiles dental van, a mobile clinic of Penn Dental Medicine, is fully equipped for on-site care, featuring two dental chairs and all the necessary equipment for dental examinations, x-rays, cleanings, fluoride treatments, sealants, and basic dental fillings. The services offered on the PennSmiles van meet the same high standards of quality maintained in all of the Penn Dental Medicine clinics and are provided by experienced dental faculty and students.

Schools or community groups interested in learning more about the PennSmiles program and all of the School’s outreach programs, should contact the Division of Community Oral Health at 215-898-4971.

Support PennSmiles/Community Outreach Programs

To make a gift or to learn more on how to support PennSmiles and other community outreach programs, contact:

Liz Ketterlinus
Senior Associate Dean for Development & Alumni Relations
240 S. 40th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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The PennSmiles mobile clinic features two dental chairs and is fully equipped to provide on-site care at community sites and schools throughout Philadelphia.

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Program & Faculty Features


A Decade of Dentistry on the Road

Penn Dental Journal,

Fall 2013

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The Robert Schattner Center
University of Pennsylvania
School of Dental Medicine
240 South 40th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6030