NYS Resources

NYSED Community Health Center Contact List
List of Dental Providers Offering Free or Reduced Care

NYSDOH Improving the Oral Health of Young Children: Fluoride Varnish Training Materials and Oral Health Information for Child Health Care Providers
This page includes resources from The American Association of Pediatrics, American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Dental Association, fluoride varnish training programs, PowerPoint training programs, and fact sheets.

NYS School Dental Foundation
Call the NYS Dental Foundation at (518) 465-0044

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 Change Lives 
This program promotes and provides access to orthodontic care for qualified young people aged 10-18 from low-income families nationwide.  
Seal a Smile Oral Health Services
The Healthy Capital District Initiative works to increase access to coverage, provides health planning expertise, and supports health prevention programs across the Capital Region. 

Professional Dental Organizations

Academy of General Dentistry (AGD)
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 patient's oral health needs. 

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)
is a 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.

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.

Dental Resources for Students with Special Health Care Needs

Autism Dental Information Guide for Dental Professionals
This guide was created for dental professionals to use in supporting families with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). This information can help facilitate more positive experiences for parents/ caregivers, the dental team providing treatment, and the child on the autism spectrum.

Focus on Children and Adolescents with Special Health Care Needs National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center
This series of five modules is designed to provide health professionals with information to help ensure that children with special health care needs have access to health promotion and disease prevention services that address their unique oral health needs in a comprehensive, family-centered, and community-based manner.

Smiles for Life
Teeth Whitening for Disabled Children March through June, hundreds of dental practices professionally whiten teeth to raise money for underprivileged and disabled children. 

Additional Resources

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