About "A Gift of Smiles"
"A Gift of Smiles" is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities by providing access to quality dental healthcare. Currently there are estimated to be more than 190,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in the state of Pennsylvania. "A Gift of Smiles" can help to provide quality dental healthcare regardless of provider, insurance, or financial barriers for these individuals.
"A Gift of Smiles" was conceived in 2014 as an initiative. It has now established itself as a foundation. Its founder and chairman, Dwight Ashby, DDS has been a Pediatric Dentist in the Harrisburg community for 30 years. He has experienced first hand the hardships and barriers families encounter when trying to obtain quality dental healthcare for their loved ones. Through them, Dwight Ashby, DDS has found a calling to close the gaps that exists in dental healthcare for these individuals. Read More...
The "A Gift of Smiles" board consists of community members with a wide range of experience. They are comprise individuals from the dental, medical, legal, financial, legislative and advocacy sectors of our community.
We need your help to get the word out to our community leaders, but also to those individuals in the healthcare field, to bridge this gap.
To find out how to refer a patient for consideration or to contact us for more information on how you can help, please Contact Us.
At almost 8 years old, Keira Karijomenggolo had been to a dentist three times and never been able to tolerate an exam.
The Harrisburg girl has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, respiratory issues and is fed by a feeding tube.
"We were told she has severe oral aversion and she would have to be put to sleep to have a dental exam," said her mother, Jennifer Karijomenggolo, who hesitated to agree because Keira had serious complications due to anesthesia in the past. Read More...