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Dental Care Available

Healthy Capital District Initiative Working with HFCS

The Healthy Capital District Initiative (HCDI) is working with Whitney M. Young Jr. Health Services and your school district, to provide dental care at your child’s school.

With permission from their parent/guardian (Consent Form) children in your school will be able to receive a dental screening, cleaning, fluoride treatment and, when appropriate, dental sealants* from a registered Dental Hygienist. We will also complete a Student Oral Health Report for parents and to share with the school nurse, again with your consent, to address the Dental Health Certificate New York State is requesting all students in grades K, 2, 4, 7 & 10 have completed by an oral health professional.

*A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating that is applied to healthy permanent molars. According to the Center for Disease Control, children with sealants develop 70% fewer new cavities on sealed teeth. Applying sealants to teeth is painless and simple.

No family will be charged for services, only insurance companies.

Children insured by Medicaid will be paid in full by Medicaid.

Children insured by Child Health Plus will be paid in full by CHP

Private dental insurance is also accepted

All uninsured families will be offered help from a Navigator
to apply for free or low cost coverage (Child Health Plus).

If your child has a dentist, we recommend that you consult with him/her prior to participating in our program. It is infrequent for children to need their teeth cleaned more than once every six months and insurance often does not cover more than 2 cleanings a year.

If your child does not have a dentist, upon the completion of your child’s care, you will receive a parent report on their oral health. Should your child need additional treatment, and does not have a regular dentist we can help you find one.

If you have any questions about the program please contact us, or your school nurse.

To participate a Consent Form must be competed and returned to school.