Welcome to NYSSMILES.org developed by the NYS Oral Health Technical Assistance Center in collaboration with the NYS Dental Foundation. Our goal is to provide parents, school officials and oral health providers with all the necessary information for the successful implementation of the NYS Dental Health Certificate.
No child should have to suffer the consequences of poor oral health. While medical certificates are required for students, this new law also encourages students to obtain dental health certificates and is an important step in bringing awareness to the importance of oral health.
According to NYS Education Law §903, public schools are to ask for a dental health certificate of students, at the time of school entry and in grades K, 2, 4, 7, and 10, beginning in school year 2008-2009.
If your child currently receives dental care the certificate should be completed by their dentist.
Did You Know
More than 51 million school hours are lost each year because of dental-related illness.
Tooth decay remains one of the most common childhood diseases- 5 times as common as asthma.
Currently New York City and its burroughs are not participating in the dental health certificate.