Miles of Smiles

We established the Miles of Smiles dental van service in 2002 to offer easier access to dental care for children of Dare County. The mobile van meets patients where they are—at school. The Miles of Smiles van works with your child to create a stress free environment while promoting good oral health.

Our dental services are provided to children 3-19 years of age. Total and comprehensive care is offered, including services such as:

  • cleanings

  • sealants

  • exams

  • x-rays

  • fillings

  • crowns

  • limited orthodontic work

  • athletic mouth guards

  • limited root canals

  • extractions

The van is staffed by a full-time board certified dentist and trained dental assistant.  Our team has years of experience in the dental health field and works with each child individually to ensure a positive experience.

The Miles of Smiles dental van travels to all Dare County elementary schools, as well as Manteo Middle School and Mattamuskeet (Hyde County) campuses.  Visits to the schools occur on a 6-month scheduled rotation throughout the school year.

Appointments can be made for any child, even if the child does not attend the school the van is currently visiting. Most private insurance plans are accepted in addition to Medicaid, Health Choice, and private payments on a sliding fee scale.

During summer months, the van can be found at the Northern Beach Division Parks & Recreation offices in Kill Devil Hills or the Fessenden Center in Buxton.  


Peer Power

Peer Power is a peer health education program where high school students are trained as health educators to positively influence elementary and middle school student’s health behaviors related to:

  • Nutrition

  • Physical Activity

  • Alcohol

  • Tobacco

  • Other drug usage

After training is completed, Peer Power Health Educators teach elementary school and middle school students in Dare County schools 3-4 days a week.

School Health Nursing

Our department provides health services to Dare County Public School students by stationing public health nurses in each school. We are proud to provide services that includes screening, evaluation, treatment, health education and case management for students with chronic diseases and/or other special health care needs.

In addition to providing health education for staff and students; surveillance and reporting of infectious or communicable diseases; school vaccination clinics; general first aid; and treatment/referrals relating to minor illnesses, our school nurses track school entry required vaccines and provide vaccines to ensure that the children of Dare County are protected.