What Is I-Smile Silver?    I-Smile Silver Logo

I-Smile Silver is a program that helps all adults get dental care. 

I-Smile Silver is a pilot project for Iowa adults, modeled after the I-Smile program for children. The project is designed to help adults access dental care. As a pilot project, I-Smile Silver services are currently available in ten counties: Calhoun, Des Moines, Hamilton, Humboldt, Lee, Pocahontas, Scott, Van Buren, Webster, and Wright.

A Healthy Mouth Supports a Healthy Body

A healthy mouth is needed for daily activities such as eating food and speaking with confidence. On the contrary, an unhealthy mouth can make it hard to eat or drink and it impacts overall health.

Gum disease is an infection of the gum tissues that surround teeth, silently releases germs from the mouth into the blood stream. Because gum disease is a chronic disease, happening slowly over time and with few symptoms, most people don’t realize their unhealthy mouth may be damaging their bodies. These germs can impact blood sugar levels of patients with diabetes and increase risks for pneumonia, cardiopulmonary disease, stroke, and heart disease.

To learn more about how the condition of your mouth impacts the condition of your body check out this infographic.

Who Does I-Smile Silver Help?

I-Smile Silver helps adults who have questions about oral care or difficulty getting dental services. Answer the questions below.

 Do you live in one of the I-Smile Silver pilot counties? Click on this map to find out 
Map of Iowa 
  1. Do you find it difficult to keep your mouth healthy or free of pain?
  2. Do you have difficulty eating certain foods due to mouth pain or discomfort?
  3. Do you have trouble finding dental care?
  4. Are you confused by your dental benefits or how to pay for dental care? 

If you live in the I-Smile Silver service area and answered yes to any of the above questions, I-Smile Silver may be able to help.

Additional Resources for Dental Care

Dental Provider and Dental Resouces

For information about getting dental care, visit /Portals/11/Images/ResourcesfordentalcareFINAL.pdf.

Dental Lifeline Network of Iowa Donated Dental Services Program

The Iowa Donated Dental Services Program provides free, comprehensive dental care through volunteer dental providers.  

Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:
• Have a permanent disability, or 
• Are elderly: age 65 or older, or 
• Qualify as medically-fragile

For dentists, volunteering is easy. Dental Lifeline Network (DLN) ensures:
• Patients are pre-screened and arrive on time to their appointments
• Dentists work from the comfort of their own office and on their own schedule 
• Dentists never pay lab costs, and the DLN coordinator processes paperwork

Contact the Iowa Program Coordinator at 515-251-8000 or visit DLN’s website for more information.

More Information

I-Smile Silver Overview. Download pdf

I-Smile Silver Infographic. Download pdf

Did You Know?

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for adults aged 65 and over.

What People Say About I-Smile
  • " When you are in the military, they take care of your teeth but when you are a civilian if you don’t have dental coverage you are not able to afford dental care so you don’t go see the dentist. I think this program is important and needed because without it, I would have never known that I had options for dental treatment."

    Johnny, I-Smile Silver participant- Eastern Iowa
  • "I am very thankful for I-Smile Silver. They helped me find a dental provider close by and get the care that I needed at a reasonable cost. "

    Senior Apartment resident- Eastern Iowa
  • "Our I-Smile Silver coordinator came to our care facility and provided education to our direct care staff on oral health. I am very thankful she could come and discuss how oral health impacts overall health! "

    Director of Nursing- Eastern Iowa
  • "As a Certified Nursing Assistant instructor, I am happy to have connected with I-Smile Silver through Carole Ferch in Scott County. She provided me with the information to get certified in oral hygiene. I hope to develop a short in-service for long-term care facility staff to emphasize the importance of really good oral care."

    Certified Nursing Assistant Instructor- Eastern Iowa
  • "Thank you SO much for coming and teaching our senior patients about their teeth and overall health. They really enjoyed your information and receiving a personal dental screening. Thank you so much for what you do; you are changing people's lives. "

    Senior Program Director- Northwest Iowa