NYU College of Dentistry's Smiling Faces, Going Places Mobile Dental Van


The NYU College of Dentistry Mobile Dental Van, Smiling Faces, Going Places Mobile Dental Van, now in its 12th year, has brought critically-needed dental services, oral health preventive care, and educational programs to over 20,000 New York City children through visiting more than 60 public schools public schools, community centers and local health fairs and events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island annually.

Smiling Faces, Going Places Mobile Dental Van
Rosie Mendez, District 2 - Council Member (back row, second from right) with students and NYUCD van staff

The NYU College of Dentistry (NYUCD) Mobile Dental Van, Smiling Faces, Going Places, now in its 12th year, has brought critically-needed dental services, oral health preventive care, and educational programs to over 20,000 New York City children through visiting more than 60 public schools, community centers and local health fairs and events in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, and Staten Island annually.

The Van is on the road five days a week, 48 weeks per year, during school hours and after school hours from 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm, bringing care to children in federally-designated, medically-underserved areas in the five boroughs.  Youngsters from 1 month to 17 years of age receive comprehensive preventive, educational, and primary health services designed to improve their oral health and well-being. The need for dental care is especially acute among these children, who have 60 percent more untreated cavities than their peers at higher socioeconomic levels.

Since 2009, the van has visited nine public schools and 18 community centers in Brooklyn, 14 public schools and 12 community centers in Queens, seven public schools and seven community centers in the Bronx, five community centers in Manhattan and a public school on Staten Island. In addition to these visits, the van attended numerous community fairs and health-related events throughout the city.

The NYU Mobile Dental Van is used 100% for Front Line Services provided by NYUCD dental faculty overseeing postgraduate pediatric dentistry residents, NYUCD dental assistants, NYUCD 4th year DDS student providers, and a staff member coordinating each visit for patient care, screening and prevention.


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Upcoming visits:


District 5: Cassidy’s Place
419 East 86th St, NYC.
July 2 & 3, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

District 16: SBHS #2
141 Featherbed Lane, Bronx
July 5, 10, & 13, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

District 29: Pediatric Oral Health Day @ Hon.Koslowitz D.O.
118-35 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, Queens
July 16 & 17,  9:00am-2:30pm

Past Visits in June:


District 16: Aleen Logan Pre-School
1450 Webster Ave, Bronx.
June 25 and 26, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

District 22: Hallet Cove Child Care Center
2-08 Astoria Blvd, Long Island City, Queens
June 27th and 28th, 9:00 am - 2:30 pm

District 18: PS 47
1704 East 172nd Street, Bronx
June 4th, 5th, 11th,12th,14th, 19th, & 21st

District 1: PS 137 & PS 134
293 East Broadway, Manhattan
June 6th, 13th, & 20th

District: 28 Hon. Ruben Wills Family Day @ Phil Rizzutto Park
125th St & Atlantic Ave., Richmond Hill, Queens
June 9th

District 48: Hon. Steven Cymbrowitz Health Fair
Oral Screenings to adults & children
Emmons Avenue between Sheepshead Bay Road & Ocean Ave, Bklyn,
June 10th

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Christopher James
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