DOH Oral Health Programs in New York State

Preventive Dentistry Program for High Risk Underserved Children's Program

This program addresses the problem of excessive dental disease among children who live in communities with a high proportion of persons living below 185% of the federal poverty level. The application of dental sealants, an extremely effective cavity-prevention agent, in combination with a program of dental screening, referral and other preventive services, significantly improves the oral health of children in underserved communities.

Twenty-five contracts have been established with local health units, health centers, hospitals and dental schools to provide primary preventive services.

The activities include:

  • Partnerships to promote fluoridation, dental sealants and other disease prevention interventions
  • School-based dental sealant programs
  • School-linked dental programs
  • Improving oral health of pregnant women and mothers
  • Early childhood caries prevention

For more information, contact:
Bureau of Dental Health
(518) 474-1961