New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is expanding its mobile dental care program 'Smiling Faces, Going Places' - which brings free oral health education, screening, and services to New York City schoolchildren and seniors - to P.S. 134 in Queens (P.S. 134Q).

Smiling Faces, Going Places van

New York University College of Dentistry (NYU Dentistry) is expanding its mobile dental care program ‘Smiling Faces, Going Places’ – which brings free oral health education, screening, and services to New York City schoolchildren and seniors – to P.S. 134 in Queens (P.S. 134Q).

New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Delta Beta Zeta chapter will join NYU Dentistry faculty and students to launch the mobile dental care program at P.S. 134Q on Thursday, January 25 at 9:30 am.

“For 18 years the NYU Dentistry ‘Smiling Faces, Going Places’ mobile dental care program has successfully made oral healthcare accessible to New York City's children while providing care in their educational settings. The mobile care program reduces barriers to accessing dental care, particularly for working parents who may have to take time off from work to take their child or children to the dentist,” said Constance Robinson-Turner, manager of NYU Dentistry’s mobile dental care program. “Through our unique public/private partnership with Councilman I. Daneek Miller, P.S. 134Q, and the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Delta Beta Zeta Chapter, this new initiative will permit the NYU Dentistry mobile care team to identify and care for the entire school community while reaching the children with the greatest oral healthcare needs.”

“NYU Dentistry’s mobile dental care program has been of great benefit to our community,” said Council Member I. Daneek Miller, who represents District 27 in southeast Queens. “In the neighborhoods where our District's dental care needs have been underserved, the dedicated members of the program's dental van team have helped to preserve our children's smiles, and promote good hygiene. I thank the NYU College of Dentistry for its continued services, as well as Principal Randi Posner Marino for opening the doors of P.S. 134 to this invaluable initiative.”

“Delta Beta Zeta Chapter believes a great smile mirrors self-confidence and is the result of good oral hygiene. We are proud to be partnering with the NYU College of Dentistry dental care team which will be providing oral health care to the children of P.S. 134 in Queens,” said Carol M. Grant, chapter president of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.’s Delta Beta Zeta chapter, which has fostered community service programs for children and families in southeast Queens for more than 60 years.

P.S. 134Q is an elementary school in Hollis serving more than 400 students in grades pre-K through 5. Thanks to P.S. 134Q Principal Randi Posner Marino and Parent Coordinator Doreen Gulabchand, beginning on Thursday and continuing through February, NYU Dentistry faculty and students will provide free, non-invasive oral health screenings at P.S. 134Q.  Then in March, the NYU “Smiling Faces, Going Places” dental van will arrive at P.S. 134Q to provide comprehensive dental care – which may include cleanings, X-rays, fluoride treatment, sealants, fillings, and more – to children whose families choose to participate. The dental van will visit P.S. 134Q throughout the spring.

Since 2000, NYU Dentistry’s “Smiling Faces, Going Places” mobile dental van has been an important oral health resource for New York City schoolchildren, providing quality dental care and education to more than 2,000 kids annually at schools across the city in partnership with the New York City Council.

During the school year, the dental van program works to address the crisis many low-income children face in accessing quality dental care. Low-income children have 60 percent more untreated cavities than their peers at higher socioeconomic levels, making the need to bring dental care into these communities through the van program especially vital.

“Bringing NYU Dentistry’s mobile dental office, ‘Smiling Faces, Going Places,’ to P.S. 134Q will allow the children of this school to receive state-of-the-art dental care without leaving their school! Bringing oral health evaluations to the schools can help find dental disease before it becomes a problem and improve the oral health of children around the city. Today, we start a new program at PS134Q that will include examinations for every child unless their parent declines the offer,” said Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care at NYU Dentistry.

WHAT:            Photo opp / launch of NYU Dentistry mobile dental care program at P.S. 134Q

WHO:              New York City Council Member I. Daneek Miller, students of P.S. 134Q, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, and NYU College of Dentistry faculty and students

DATE:              Thursday, January 25, 2018

TIME:               9:30 am photo opportunity with Council Member Miller

WHERE:           P.S. 134Q The Langston Hughes School, 203-02 109 Avenue, Queens, NY 11412

About NYU College of Dentistry
Founded in 1865, NYU Dentistry is the third oldest and the largest dental school in the US, educating nearly 10 percent of all dentists. NYU Dentistry has a significant global reach with a highly diverse student body. Visit http://dental.nyu.edu for more.