FAQs

Smiles for a Lifetime has answers for parents who need a helping hand.

Who can use Smiles for a Lifetime?
Students enrolled in grades K-12 in the districts we serve.

How do I sign up?
A parent or guardian must sign a consent form before an appointment can be made.  Call the SMILES office nearest you to request a consent form and we will be sure one is sent home from school with your child.  If preferred, the SMILES office can mail a consent form to you.

Where are the centers located?
The centers are located on school grounds in the districts we serve: Allendale, Dillon, Hampton, Manning and Summerton.

Do I have to pay anything?
No.  There are no out-of-pocket costs to parents.  If your child is eligible for Medicaid, SMILES will bill Medicaid directly.  Parents must show proof of Medicaid, or a statement of denial from Medicaid.  If you have private insurance, we will bill your insurance company.

What care can my child get?
Children can receive dental cleanings and examination, x-rays, fluoride treatments, sealants, crowns/stainless steel, extractions, restorative services/fillings.

How will my child get to the center?
Transportation is provided by the school system. Your child will be picked up from school, taken to their dental appointment, and then returned to school.

Who will treat my child?
A South Carolina licensed dentist, hygienist, and dental assistant will treat your child. Your child will receive excellent care from a team of dental professionals.

Why should I use Smiles for a Lifetime?
Smiles for a Lifetime can help families get regular dental care for their children. When children see a dentist regularly, they maintain good oral health and avoid problems later in life.

It’s easy to sign up for your child’s dental services:
1. Request the SMILES consent form from your child’s school or call the Smiles for a Lifetime office to request a form. Find your SMILES phone number here.
2. Return the completed consent form to your child’s school, then smile and know your child will receive excellent care!

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