New York State Education Department Guidelines, Laws, Memos and forms related to Dental Health Certificates
Education Law Section 903-Education Law Article 19, Section 903 was revised 6/2013 to include registered dental hygienists, along with dentists, as the professionals who are permitted to complete a dental health certificate.
Letter to Administrators-This letter was sent to administrators to inform them of the law passed in 2007 requiring NYS public schools to ask for a dental health certificate from students, at the time of school entry and in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10. Beginning in the 2008 - 2009 school year, schools were required to request a dental health certificate and upon request, provide a list of dentists to which students who need dental examinations may be referred on a free or reduced cost basis. Effective September 1, 2008, regulations 7/1/2018 to align with health exam grade levels.
NYSED Sample Dental Certificate- NYS law (Chapter 281) permits schools to request an oral health assessment. Dental cerificates should be requested along with health examinations, but are NOT required for school attendance. This sample dental assessment may be completed by a registered dentist or NYS registered dental hygienist. This form was updated to include dental hygienists (5/2018).
NYS School Dental Foundation - please call the NYS Dental Foundation at (518) 465-0044.
List of Dental Providers Offering Free or Reduced Care - updated 4/28/17
Dental Assistance Programs
ADA Give Kids A Smile® Program
This program enhances the oral health of large numbers of needy children. Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) activities also highlight for policy makers the ongoing challenges that disadvantaged families face in finding dental care. Find a program.Smiles Across AmericaSmiles Change Lives
Oral Health America’s (OHA) Smiles Across America (SAA) program links local governments, businesses, and funders with care providers and schools to help fight untreated oral disease. SAA offers resources and technical assistance to help build infrastructure for school oral health services, particularly those that provide dental sealants.
This program promotes and provides access to orthodontic care for qualified youth ages 10-18 from low-income families nationwide.
NYSDOH School Fluoride Program: Ensuring a Lasting Smile
The Self-Applied Fluoride and Education Rinsing Program (SAFER) is a preventive service which targets NYS students who do not have access to community water fluoridation, who do not have access to dental care, who live in rural areas, who live at or below the poverty level. The supplements are free to schools and Head Start Programs that enroll. For more information, contact Julie Reuther, RDH, MPH, Dental Program Coordinator, Bureau of Dental Health, (518) 474-1961 email@example.com.
Professional Dental Organizations
Academy of General Dentistry -(AGD) is a professional association of general dentists. A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs.
American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry -(AAPD) is the membership organization representing the specialty of pediatric dentistry. Pediatric dentistry is one of the nine recognized dental specialties of the American Dental Association. Pediatric dentists complete two to three years of additional specialized training (after the required four years of dental school) to prepare them for treating a wide variety of children's dental problems. They are also trained and qualified to care for patients with medical, physical or mental disabilities.
American Dental Association-(ADA) is the oldest and largest national dental society in the world. Since then, the ADA has grown to become the leading source of oral health related information for dentists and their patients.
New York State Dental Foundation-(NYSDF) Provides education and support to improve oral health including disaster relief, dental health certificates, recruitment and promotion of school-based health initiatives. They collaborate with:
Dental Resources for Students with Special Health Care Needs
Autism Best Practices Guide to Oral Health Care for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2011) - Diabetes American Diabetes Association Oral Health and Hygiene
Includes FAQs and a quiz on oral health knowledge for those with diabetes
Focus on Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs - National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center-This collection of selected resources offer high-quality information about children and adolescents with special health care needs.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)- NIDCR is one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It provides free educational publications and other resources.
Oral Health and Learning:When Children's Health Suffers, So Does Their Ability to Learn (HRSA)-Reviews the impact of oral health of student learning.
Professional Dental Organizations- Includes information on the Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and American Dental Association.
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