About “Smiles for Central America”

Twice a year, teams of dental and medical professionals and other volunteers are formed to travel to Central America to participate in “Smiles for Central America” expeditions. 

Our primary focus is to provide dental and medical services for young men and women in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Panama, and Nicaragua to help prepare them to serve full-time LDS missions.

To get a taste of a Smiles for Central America expedition, we invite you to watch this video:  Learn more by visiting our website:


Smiles for Central America would like to thank all members of the Academy of  LDS Dentists who have joined the team for our upcoming humanitarian trip to Honduras: “Smiles for Honduras–San Pedro Sula 2014″. We are looking forward to this great opportunity to provide dental, endodontic, and oral surgery treatment to the future missionaries who will serve from this area of Honduras.

At this time, our roster is full and we do not have any remaining openings for this trip. However, we invite you to mark your calendars for our Spring 2015 trip to Guatemala!

Smiles for Guatemala–Quetzaltenango 2015
April 24 through May 3, 2015

We anticipate helping approximately 700 young men and women prepare to serve LDS missions by providing assistance in filling out missionary papers, haircuts, missionary photos, blood and urine tests, missionary medical exams, dental hygiene, hygiene training, comprehensive restorative dentistry, endodontics, and oral surgery.

We will also be participating in various community service projects while we are in Quetzaltenango, including projects for orphanages, a children’s cancer hospital, a maternity hospital, a service project for the families in a local LDS ward, and several visits to families in need.

At the end of the trip, we will relax for a couple of days at the beautiful Lake Atitlan in the Guatemala highlands.

We hope you will join us! If you would like to receive email updates for this and other upcoming expeditions, please click here to sign up for our mailing list.  

Although Spanish language skills are a nice benefit, volunteers do not need to be able to speak Spanish to join an expedition (translators will be on hand). If you have further questions or would like to apply for the trip please go to or contact:

David Sheets at 801.836.0971 or