Norwood Smiles Oral Health Program
Norwood Smiles, Town of Norwood Oral Health Program: A Partnership between the Health and School Departments
New Program Coming Soon, Fall 2023!
Norwood Health Department
Stacey Lane, RN, MPH, Supt./Director
Norwood Public Schools
Jill Driscoll, MEd, BSN, RN, NCSN, Nurse Leader
For additional information, please contact your school nurse or the
Health Department at 781-384-9197
Childhood dental decay can hinder students' ability to learn and advance in school. It also affects some of the most basic activities in life like speaking and eating. Dental decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, but fortunately, it is almost entirely preventable. Dental decay is a bacterial infection and left untreated can lead to missed school days, poor performance and life-long health problems like heart disease. Early childhood screening, dental sealants and fluoride treatments are all very effective methods to prevent dental disease in children. Oral health is a critical part of your child’s overall health.
The Norwood Health Department in partnership with the Norwood Public Schools offers the Norwood Smiles Oral Health program. The program has two phases. First, students receive basic oral health screening exams in the schools. The results of the screening exams are sent home and families can take advantage of our unique opportunity to receive basic dental care through the Norwood Smiles Program. Basic dental care includes cleanings, sealants, x-rays and fluoride treatments, for grades 1-6. The services are provided by a contracted dentist, Victor Nyakundi DMD, in his Norwood Office, Affinity Dental, 45 Walpole Street, Suite #4. If there is no dental insurance, the Norwood Smiles Program will cover the cost of basic dental care as well as any co-pays and/or deductibles. If you do have insurance, your insurance company will be billed for the service by Affinity Dental.