Everyone deserves the opportunity to have good health, which naturally should include good dental health.

A Gift of Smiles is a 501(c)3 foundation established to simplify and broaden the access to dental healthcare for people within the central Pennsylvania community who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Issue

More than 12.5 million children and adults in the U.S. have special healthcare needs and dental care is the greatest unmet need for them to obtain. Those with intellectual or developmental disabilities face many challenges, making it difficult, or even impossible to maintain good oral health.

Many times families are unable to find access to or afford proper dental care for their loved ones which complicates the health of the child or adult. Patients with disabilities who need care the most often go with out the oral healthcare services they desperately need. The time to address this issue is now. A Gift Of Smiles foundation is here to help!

How We Help

Our mission is to enable families to receive proper dental care for their loved ones with disabilities. We are committed to improving the lives of our patients and their families by providing accessible, comprehensive and compassionate dental care.

Since 2015, our team has helped 167 patients. Learn more about our progress and supporters.

In this video, Dr. Ashby looks back on the inspiration behind starting A Gift of Smiles. He also discusses how he’s inspired today and the organization’s future goal.