Help A Child Smile

Oral cancer is among the most common cancers in the world.

 Dental disease is the most common chronic disease of childhood.

Help us tackle these problems. 

Help a Child Smile is a student-led public movement working to raise early awareness about oral cancer and dental disease.

At HCS, we believe that it is critical to think not only of ourselves, but also of the larger-scale healthcare problems that affect us.

Our mission is to reduce suffering and save lives through prevention, education, research, advocacy, and support activities for oral health.

Oral cancer is among the leading cancers of the world. Worldwide, over 530,000 new cases are detected annually.

Its incidence is increasing due to lack of awareness of risk factors and diagnosis late in development.

Pediatric dental disease is the most common childhood illness in the world, affecting 1 in 5 children. Access to care is limited making it the most prevalent unmet healthcare need.  In the U.S. alone, over 17 million children go without treatment every year. 

World-wide, the statistics are grimmer - oral disease affects half the world's population. It affects overall body health and has significant impact on communities because of pain, impaired function, and reduced quality of life. 

The high incidence of oral disease and mortality of oral cancer is largely preventable through regular screening and early detection.

Early awareness and treatment prevents future problems and saves lives.

This is the heart of the HCS mission!

Our Three Pillars

Our education pillar raises awareness about the importance of early check-ups and preventative care by conducting oral health education seminars at childcare centers and elementary schools through teams of volunteers. In developing countries with high oral cancer rates, we raise awareness about high risk factors of betel nut and tobacco chewing, and excessive  alcohol consumption. 

Low income communities lack access to oral health care supplies. Homeless children often share toothbrushes and in poorer countries, many children do not know about the tools of basic dental hygiene. Through fundraising, partnering with companies and corporate sponsors, and creating a supply distribution network, we deliver free dental hygiene kits to rural  and underserved areas, group homes, and slum districts. 

Low Cost Oral Care

One third of Americans struggle to access basic dental care and there is severe shortage of dentists who provide services to Medicaid patients. Families in rural and under-served areas have 4 to 5 times higher rates of oral disease and do not routinely see a dentist who is the front-runner for oral cancer screenings and detection. We connect them to affordable oral healhcare through clinics and hospitals that volunteer their time and services to provide treatment. 

Supply Distribution


Our Events

Over 115,000 supplies collected and 18,000 educational brochures distributed

Over 9,000 children provided dental hygiene kits

A network of offices and volunteers providing free dental care with over 10,000 volunteer hours donated

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