Grand Opening March 28, 2018
Oral health – the health of your mouth — is an important part of good overall health and well-being. Nationally, about 1 of 4 adults have untreated tooth decay and nearly half of adults have gum disease. Oral health problems are common among New Yorkers. More than 1 of 3 third grade children in NYC have untreated tooth decay. By taking simple measures, most oral health problems can be prevented. Preventing oral health problems can reduce health care expenses.
Family Health Centers at NYU Langone - Dental School-Based Health Program!
Our Grand Opening takes place on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. We will be providing dental services for Ditmas I.S. 62 students - at the school. This program has been operating for 25 years and currently provides dental services in 40 schools throughout New York City. Our new School-Based Dental Clinic (SBDC) will provide preventative and restorative services including: dental exams, oral hygiene instructions, cleanings, flouride treatments, sealants, fillings and simple extractions.
The SBDC can serve as your child's Primary Dental Provider (PDP) or compliment services provided by an outside dentist. We provide scheduled and walk-in services while school is in session as well as telephone coverage to assist wtih problems that arise when the SBDC is closed.
Participation requires parents submit a consent form. If you have not had the opportunity to complete this form to date, we urge you to do so and take advantage of this opportunity to keep your child strong and healthy. If you do not want your child to be seen, please notify Family Health Centers at NYU Langone - Dental School-Based Health Program in writing; this notice can be left at the Main Office (room 138).
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Dental Hotline at (718) 630-7493 or speak with Mr. Kevorkian, our Principal. You may also stop by the dental clinic in our school (room 223) for additional information. You are always welcome to be at any and all of your child's scheduled visits. We look forward to providing a dental home for your child, and keeping him/her in good dental health!
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Children's Oral Health
Tooth decay, or cavities, is the most common dental problem among children. Tooth decay can begin as soon as a baby’s first tooth comes in. In New York City, more than one out of three third grade children have untreated tooth decay. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause health problems, pain, infection, difficulty eating and speaking, and reduced self-esteem. Once tooth decay develops, it must be treated by a dental professional or it will worsen. Signs of tooth decay are white or brown spots on the teeth.
Tooth decay can be prevented. Tooth brushing, a healthy diet, proper feeding habits, and professional dental care can help keep your child free of tooth decay.
Tips for Keeping Your Child’s Mouth Healthy
Brush teeth twice a day
- Wipe the gums. Before your baby has teeth, wipe the gums with a clean washcloth after feedings and at bedtime.
- Brush twice a day. As soon as the first tooth comes in, start brushing twice a day with a soft child sized toothbrush and water.
- Use fluoride toothpaste. For children two years of age and older, brush with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Speak to your child’s pediatrician or dentist about using fluoride toothpaste if your child is younger than two (2).
- Help with brushing. Make sure to assist and supervise children until they can brush well on their own, at around age sven (7) or eight (8).
- Floss. Begin flossing when the teeth start to touch each other.
Avoid sugary snacks and drinks
Sugary foods and drinks like cookies, candy, and soda can cause tooth decay.
- Avoid sugary snacks. Limit the number of snacks to three throughout the day. Offer healthy snacks that are low in sugar such as cheese, yogurt or fruit.
- Avoid sugary drinks. Give your child milk or water. Don’t give sugary drinks like soda, juice with added sugar, or flavored milk.
- Limit fruit juice. If you give your child fruit juice, give 100% juice with no added sugar, give no more than four (4) to six (6) ounces per day, and have your child drink it in one sitting.
Avoid sipping on non-water drinks in bottles and sippy cups
Milk and formula have sugar too. The sugars in drinks other than water can cause tooth decay when they stay on the teeth for too long.
- Limit sipping. Limit sipping of drinks other than water from bottles or sippy cups, especially between meals.
- Don’t let your child sleep with a bottle or a sippy cup. Sleeping with a bottle or sippy cup with any drink other than water can cause tooth decay.
- Don’t use a bottle as a pacifier. Bottles should only be given when a baby is hungry or thirsty.
- Drink from a cup. Help your child drink from a regular cup by age one.
- Give your child tap water. The fluoride in New York City’s tap water helps prevent tooth decay.
Don’t share utensils or bites of food
Babies are born without the germs that cause tooth decay. They get these germs from spit (saliva) that is passed from the mouths of adults to their own mouth. Some of the ways that saliva might be shared with a baby are by sharing a spoon or piece of food, or by cleaning off a pacifier with saliva instead of with water. As soon as these germs are in a child’s mouth, the process that causes tooth decay can start, even before the child has teeth.
- Don’t share saliva. To avoid spreading germs, don’t put a spoon or a piece of food from your mouth into your child’s mouth. Use water, not your mouth, to clean off a pacifier.
- Take care of your own teeth. Brush, floss, and visit the dentist regularly to reduce germs in your mouth.
Visit the dentist
- Start seeing the dentist by age one. Children should see a dentist by their first birthday and visit a dentist every six (6) months for dental health education prevention of cavities, and treatment of oral health problems.
- Speak to your child’s dentist or doctor about fluoride varnish. Fluoride varnish is a coating that is painted on the teeth to prevent tooth decay.
- Frequently Asked Questions About Fluoride Varnish Other languages: [عربي] [বাংলা] [中文] [Kreyòl ayisyen] [Français] [한국어] [Русский] [Español] [اردو]
- Ask about sealants. Speak to your child’s dentist about dental sealants, a thin white coating that is put on the chewing sides of the back (molar) teeth to protect them from tooth decay. Sealants are usually placed on the adult molar teeth, which come into the mouth at around ages six (6) and 12.
- Read more about dental sealants: Keep Your Child's Teeth Healthy Other languages: [عربي] [বাংলা] [中文] [Kreyòl ayisyen] [Français] [한국어] [Русский] [Español] [اردو]
Resources for Kids (from NYC HEALTH)
The health of your mouth (oral health) is an important part of good health and well-being. Many New Yorkers have tooth decay and gum disease but oral health problems can be prevented and treated.
- American Dental Association for Kids:
- This page includes videos and games for your children that talk about visiting the dentist and taking care of your teeth.
- Ad Council - 2min2x Campaign: Find two minute videos kids can watch while brushing their teeth, as well as activities, checklists and information about the importance of brushing and taking care of your teeth on this webpage.
- Sesame Street – Health Teeth, Healthy Me:
- Visit this webpage for videos, activities and tips to help your child care for their teeth with the help of Sesame Street characters.
- New York State Oral Health for Infants and Children: This page includes coloring books for kids to help them learn about maintaining oral health as well as age specific information to prevent oral health problems.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Children’s Oral Health: Find posters, tips, techniques and other information for parents to take care of their children’s teeth on this webpage.
- American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry: This page has answers to frequently asked questions about children’s oral health care.
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Find articles, tips and information about your child’s oral health here.