Oral Health America's (OHAs) Smiles Across America® partnership with NYUCD supports in-school oral health services, community outreach training for dental and nursing students, and a dental home at NYUCD for follow-up visits and restorative care.
Tony Stefanou, DMD, OHA's Assistant Director of External Relations, recently visited P.S. 15 in Manhattan to see the program firsthand. The elementary school students were treated in two mobile dental stations by second-year dental students under the supervision of NYUCD's Dr. Josh C. Treesh.
"I was very impressed with how well the program operated," said Dr. Stefanou. "This is a positive situation for everyone as the children get their dental needs taken care of, and the dental school students gain valuable clinical ‘real-world' experience in treating children."
OHA provides financial support, technical assistance, and donated dental products to the program. Professor Jill Fernandez, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry and Director of Pediatric Dentistry Outreach Programs at NYUCD, oversees the program, and validates its success.
"For many of these children this may be their first visit to a dentist," she said. "Setting up portable dental equipment within the school proves to be a ‘win-win' for both teacher and child with minimal time out of the classroom and a non-threatening environment for the child to receive care."
Reprinted with permission of Oral Health America.