Dental Care Ministry
About Our Clinic
Dr. Grace Smart, one of the most beloved and well-respected pediatric dentists in the Dallas area, has chosen Garland to be the city where she will open The Grace Center Texas, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that will provide dental, optometry and counseling services to underprivileged and disadvantaged children, adults and senior adults who are living in poverty and may not have access to good dental and vision care.
In 2014, Dr. Smart walked away from a success dental career to travel to poverty-stricken countries across the globe, offering dental care to those living in the poorest of conditions. In 2018, she recognized the growing need right in her own backyard to provide dental services to the underserved members of our community. Sharing her calling, passion and ideas with a small group, the seed was planted to build the first Grace Center Texas in Garland, and land was purchased east of the Downtown Garland area at 212 N. 1st Street. Plans have already been drawn for a building that will house dental, optometry, and a counseling office.
Naturally, there will be a criteria that must be met to qualify for these services, including but not limited to, a lack of any form of dental insurance, proof of residency in one of the surrounding communities of Dallas County, and income within defined poverty levels. Dental services will include comprehensive exams, x-rays, cleanings, extractions, fillings and denture care. As other volunteer dentists join this endeavor, root canals and crowns will be added. Optometry services and counseling services (including spiritual counseling) will also be offered.
In order to accomplish an endeavor of this magnitude, financial donations are necessary. Dr. Smart is not waiting for the opening of the new building to begin her services; there are many people desperate for immediate help. Thanks to the assistance of Lavon Drive Baptist Church, a temporary location just around the corner of the future home of The Grace Center Texas will be opening early September 2019 and will be offering limited dentistry, optometry and counseling services to qualifying individuals, by appointments only. A full spectrum of services will be offered once The Grace Center Texas is able to complete the construction of its new facility to be located at 212 N. 1st Street in Garland, Texas.