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:

We are pleased to announce our next dental and medical expedition to Central America!


APRIL 21 – MAY 1, 2016

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 We anticipate helping approximately 850 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.

The estimated numbers of medical and dental professionals and volunteers needed are:

23 general dentists

5 endodontists

7 oral and maxillofacial surgeons

5 physicians

1 prosthodontist, orthodontist, or dental lab technician (to make replacement teeth)

2 nurses

3-4 dental hygienists

1-2 medical lab technicians

31 Dental and oral surgical assistants (including pre-dental students)

2-3 volunteers to give haircuts

Other volunteers to staff the dental and medical clinic areas

The full cost of this trip is estimated to be $2650 to $3000 per person to be determined. This includes airfare from and returning to Salt Lake City (may be different for those departing from and returning to other airports), hotels, meals, and ground transportation.

In addition to the clinic in El Salvador, we will take a 3-night vacation at the end of the trip. (We are exploring several exciting options and hope to announce the location soon.) Everyone, including group leaders, pays his/her own way. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 801.836.0971.  We hope you will be able to join us!

All the best,
David Sheets,
Director, Smiles for Central America