Miles of Smiles-Laredo, a school-based portable dental program, provides preventive dental services and case management to elementary school children along the Texas-Mexico border. The program evaluates outcomes that measure the impact of evidence-based dental public health programs on the health of the community.
Approximately 6% of children have been identified as having an urgent oral health care need that has not been addressed. An urgent need is defined as the child having visible signs of infection or pain that is not addressed. Nationally, 3% of children have urgent oral health care needs.