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Mission & Services

providing life-changing dental and vision care

MISSION: To provide access to services that empower families and create opportunities for low-income children to succeed in school and life.

Miles of Smiles is now a program of LevelUp Kids, Inc. Through our many years of providing portable dental services for children of low-income families, we've become aware of more needs and barriers these children and their families face every day. At the heart of our mission is a desire to serve more children in need.

The Miles of Smiles portable dental program began in 2002 to meet the oral health care needs of low-income children in Clay and Platte Counties. Since then, we have treated more than 25,000 children for 85,000 chair visits. The dental program consists of two full-time dentists who provide treatment on-site, in schools, and at other social service organizations. Another full-time dentist works in our fixed office location.

In January 2020, we will expand to add a new, school-based vision program called ICare4Kids to offer vision screenings, comprehensive eye exams, and free eyeglasses for low-income children and those whose families are enrolled in Medicaid.

All dental and vision services are free for Clay and Platte County children who meet our income guidelines. To find out if LevelUp Kids is scheduled to come to your school or organization, call (816) 413-9009.

Dental services provided on-site (using portable equipment) include:

  • Comprehensive Oral Exam

  • Bitewing & Periapical Radiographs

  • Prophylaxis & Fluoride Treatment

  • Sealants

  • Amalgam & Composite Restorations

  • Stainless Steel Crowns on Primary & Permanent Teeth

  • Vital Pulpotomy of Primary Teeth

  • Extraction of Primary Teeth

Dental services provided at the office are the same as above, but also include:

  • Panoramic Radiographs

  • Root Canal Therapy of Permanent Teeth

  • Lab Fabricated Crowns for Root-Canal Treated, Permanent Teeth

  • Space Maintainers

  • Uncomplicated / Non-Surgical Extractions of Permanent Teeth

We are a federally-recognized 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, ID # 20-3664224.

Transportation and scheduling can be a huge challenge to the families of many of our students. By coming to the schools, LevelUp Kids shows that they really care about the health of our students.
— Perry Hilvitz, PhD, Executive Director of Student Services for North Kansas City School District