Our Impact

Our mission is simple: help underprivileged children achieve optimal oral health. The best way to accomplish this goal is through education and professional care. Education, in particular, is the most impactful aspect of our sponsorship program. Our founders, Dr. Justin Raanan and Dr. Rodney Raanan, believe education is the cornerstone to maintain proper oral health. Education provides each child in our program with the tools they need to maintain a healthy and beautiful smile. From proper brushing and flossing techniques to the causes of dental problems, education can drastically improve a child’s oral health.

Dental Caries and Gum Disease

Dental caries (tooth decay) and gum disease are the two most common dental problems in the United States. Early dental caries is particularly common for children in underprivileged areas. With the right education, both of these issues are easy to avoid. Much of our impact stems from teaching children the best ways to avoid tooth decay and gum disease from an early age. Both these problems can result in a number of secondary complications that not only affect a child’s smile but also their mental and bodily health as well. Our education programs are designed to help children better understand the importance of proper oral health and prevent these problems before they occur.

In addition to revolutionizing the education process, we provide free treatment to children between the ages of ten and 18. Treatment options may include comprehensive examinations, professional cleanings and even restorative dentistry. If a child is in need of treatment, our goal is to get their oral health back on track with sustainable results.

We have partnered with Communities in Schools Los Angeles to help measure the impact of our foundation. Their close relationship with students, parents, and schools allows us to intimately engage underprivileged areas of Los Angeles. CISLA’s due diligence and our determination ensure those most in need of our services receive a sponsorship. We equate the success of our foundation with our level of engagement in the community.

The Giving a Smile Foundation is committed to serving our local and global communities. Our foundation, with help from our partners and donors, has the chance to truly make an impact on thousands, if not tens of thousands of young lives. Contact our team to learn more about fundraising, donating, and volunteering opportunities today!