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    Mission Save a Smile

    Mission Save a Smile was founded in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) all volunteer public charity. Working within indigenous communities lacking access to dental care, Mission Save a Smile's volunteer teams provide preventative and restorative dentistry. Our teams include dentists, oral surgeons and dental students. Spanish translators and supporting volunteers help with our preventative fluoride program, distribution of oral hygiene products, instrument sterilization, patient records and computer networking.

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    Our Mission

    Preventative Care
    Within the indigenous communities we serve dental decay is at epidemic proportions. With the strong link between oral health and systemic illnesses such as cardio vascular disease, diabetes and low birth weight babies, the importance of providing preventive and restorative care is critical in the communities we serve..

    Restorative Care
    Many children suffer from decayed,abccessed and missing teeth. Mission Save a Smile sets up portable dental delivery operations to provide extractions, root canal therapy, tooth colored restorations and the replacing of missing teeth to improve quality of life, self esteem and social integration.

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    A Shared Vision

    Submitted by admin on Mon, 07-01-2019 - 12:49

    Help replace our tents and dirt floors
    Mission Save a Smile shares a vision with architect Howard Walker and his wife Mariela de la Ossa founder of the Uaguitupu Foundation to support a community building project using local building materials and methods to provide space to better serve the dental and occular needs of the Kuna people on Achutupu.

    Submitted by admin on Mon, 07-01-2019 - 12:49

    Howard Walker floor plan.
    Seating for children allows room for oral health care presentations, topical flouride applications, triage examinations and distribution of oral hygiene supplies. The open floor plan provides space for 5 dental operatory units, a room for oral surgical procedures and a seperate optometry exam and treatment room.

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    Watch Mission Save a Smile extend the reach of dentistry to those lacking access to care. You may be interested in joining one of our Mission Save a Smile teams or interested in supporting our efforts.

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    Mission Save a Smile

    22 W Crystal Lake Ave,
    Crystal Lake, IL 60014

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    This privacy policy covers Mission save a Smile’s treatment of personal information collected or submitted when the web-user (“you”) are using Mission Save a Smile’s website. This policy does not apply to companies that Mission Save a Smile does not own or control, or to individuals that are not under Mission Save a Smile’s supervision. Personal information online cannot be made one hundred percent secure and in some cases that information can be intercepted, collected and used by others. We work hard to protect your information at all times. Information is stored on a secure server that Mission Save a Smile and its authorized personnel can only access through a password. Mission Save a Smile utilizes a cloud based security company that is listed as a global leader in website security and protection. Online contributions are made through PayPal, which is a third party secure site. We do not receive sensitive financial information such as your credit card or bank account information.

    2. How We Collect Your Personal Information. Personal information may be collected, including your IP address logged, when you visit Mission Save a Smile’s website. Your IP information allows us to understand how you use our site and to enable us to make changes to our site in order to improve your experience. Information regarding your computer, your connection to our website (such as your browser type, operating system, and platform) and your user history (including, but not limited to, your session information, page errors and the length of your visits to specific pages within our website) may also be collected. 3. How We Use Your Personal Information. Mission Save a Smile may use the personal information you provide for purposes such as: responding to your email requests, improving the content and overall look and feel of our website and services.

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    Upcoming Events

    Paddle for Smiles - Saturday July 6th.

    The Paddle for Smiles picnic will be held Saturday July 6th at the Three Oaks Recreation Area, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Food along with the opportunity to kayak, canoe or paddle boat will be available during this fundraising event with free will donations going towards equipment and supplies necessary for Mission Save a Smile's March 7th-15th, 2020 Achutupu mission. The gathering will be within Pavilion A located next to the marina and picnic grove. Video and stories will be shared within the pavilion.

    Boarfest - Hotrods & Boar - Sunday September 22nd

    BOARFEST will be held Sunday September 22nd at the Three Oaks Recreation Area, in Crystal Lake, Illinois. A Wild Boar Roast with fried plaintains and sides will available within Pavilion A located next to the marina and picnic grove. The event will feature Classic cars and hotrods. A scavenger hunt will be held during the event. Free will donations will go towards equipment and supplies necessary for Mission Save a Smile's March 2020 Embera Mission. RSVP