Helping People Smile Around the World

Our Story

Smile Outreach International was born out of the founder, Dr. Mark Costes’ passion to utilize his skillset and those of his professional colleagues, to alleviate some of the pain and suffering that billions of people endure due to untreated dental disease.

In fact, according to the World Health Organization, it is estimated that 3.5 billion people worldwide are affected due to the lack of access to dental care. Smile Outreach International will provide dental surgeries and services to underserved populations throughout the third-world several times per year on an annual basis. The mission will be designed on a first come first serve basis for each project. These services are provided through a network of incredible volunteer licensed professionals and additional support teams.

The organization is funded through various methods, including individual donations, corporate donations, mission sponsors, and fundraising events. The money we raise goes directly to dental supplies, equipment, facilities, and mission logistics for all services and projects!

Countries of Operation


Itigi and Mulungwe


Buca Bay on the Island of Vanua Levu

Baja del Sur

Dominican Republic
San Jose De Ocoa

Meet Our SOI Officers

Dr. Mark Costes


Michael Lomotan

Vice President

Ashlee Hirschfeld


Kay Lange


Meet Our Board of Directors

Dr. Allen Gotora

Dr. Aaron Nicholas

Dr. Addison Killeen

Dr. Justin Schmidt

Dr. Summer Kassmel

Check out pictures from our previous trips!

Our Mission

Smile Outreach International is dedicated to improving the oral health of underserved populations in third-world countries by providing access to dental care through a network of volunteer licensed professionals. Our mission is to relieve pain and suffering caused by untreated dental disease, by offering dental surgeries and services to those who are unable to access care.

Our Core Values

  1. Compassion: We deeply care about the pain and suffering caused by untreated dental concerns and we want to help those in need.
  2. Collaboration: We rely on a network of volunteer licensed professionals and sponsors to provide dental care and recognize the power of teamwork and coming together.
  3. Access: We believe that access to dental care is a basic human right and are committed to making it available to those who can’t readily access care around the world.
  4. Transparency: We are open and accountable in all our activities and operations, including fundraising, finances, and mission projects.
  5. Impact: We strive to make a lasting impact on the communities we serve by providing effective and efficient dental care services.

We’re always looking for new volunteers and supporters who share our values and want to help make a difference in the world. Please feel free to reach out if you’re interested in learning more about our organization or getting involved!

Our Vision

Our vision is to build a sustainable and scalable model for providing dental care to underserved populations, one that can be replicated and expanded to reach even more people in need.

dentist working on a dental patient


Check out how we change lives around the world!





Giving Tuesday

Not everyone can afford to get dental care. Censuses taken in developing countries indicate there is only one dentist for every 152,721 citizens. Smile Outreach Internaional brings dentists abroad to help relieve pain caused by dental disease. For dentists to do their best quality work, they need assistants to help them. Many times, assistants do not have the means to come on these trips with the doctors, which can make it more challenging for the doctors to have as productive clinic days as possible.

Here's where you come in! We're asking you to help us reach our 20-20-20 goal and to donate $20 to help us fund scholarships for 20 assistants and dental students for our 2024 mission trips, for a total of $20,000. With your support and the help of assistants and students, we will be able to continue to get many more people out of pain!

Visit Our Giving Tuesday Link

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