School-Based Dental Clinic

10 Reasons to Participate

1) A healthy mouth is something to smile about!

2) We do not replace your child’s regular dentist; we work with your dentist to meet your child’s dental needs

3) You can be sure your child is being cared for by a qualified, licensed professional

4) We offer appointments in a timely manner

5) If your child has a dental emergency during school hours, he/she will receive prompt evaluation and treatment

6) Your child will miss fewer school days

7) You will miss fewer work days

8) No out-of-pocket costs for services provided on site

9) Your child will receive care even if he/she doesn’t have insurance

10) When schools are closed, services are available at Family Health Centers NYU Langone Dental sites

Oral Health

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 / School-Based Dental Health Program

Our new School-Based Dental Clinic (SBDC) will provide preventative and restorative services for Ditmas I.S. 62 students. Services include: dental exams, oral hygiene instructions, cleanings, flouride treatments, sealants, fillings and simple extractions.

This program has been operating for 25 years and currently provides dental services in 40 schools throughout New York City.

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 with 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) 630-7963 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!

  • Hours of Operation: Open during school hours
  • Contact Information: (718) 630-7963
  • When schools are closed, services are available at Family Health Centers NYU Langone Dental sites

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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.

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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.

Beyond Tooth Decay: Why Good Dental Hygiene is Important

(Medical News Today Article By David McNamee) In this spotlight feature, we peer beneath the plaque to investigate what other - perhaps unexpected - health conditions are affected by poor dental health.

Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General (Executive Summary):

Fact Sheet on studies on the association between oral health and school performance: