Caring for Smiles 

The Caring for Smiles program is intended to increase access to care for individuals with developmental disabilities in a typical dental office setting.

To participate in the Caring for Smiles program and be eligible for enhanced  services:
  1. General providers must have training in techniques for providing care to patients with developmental disabilities.
  2. All eligible servicing and billing provider’s National Provider identifiers (NPI) must be enrolled with South Dakota Medicaid.
  3. Providers must describe relevant education, training, and experience to participate in the program.
  4. Providers must read the Caring for Smiles Billing & Policy manual
Participating providers are eligible to provide enhanced services in a dental office or extended care facility:
  • Up to two fluoride applications for adults.
  • One additional prophylaxis yearly for children or adults.
  • Behavior management.
  • A house/extended care facility call (per location).
  • Recipients can qualify for periodontal root planing and scaling, full mouth debridement and periodontal maintenance.
  • Recipients with heavy bruxism can qualify for occlusal guards.


See the Caring for Smiles Billing & Policy manual for complete details on covered services and program requirements.

Caring for Smiles Billing & Policy manual

Program description from the Dept. of Social Services' billing and policy manual for SD Medicaid providers. This document includes eligibility for providers and patients and covered services. 

Caring for Smiles manual [.pdf]

Complete and submit the form below to become an Caring for Smiles program provider!

If you have any questions about the Caring for Smiles program, please contact us by email at or by phone at 877-841-1478.