Paterson Dental Clinic
The PPS Office of Dental Services proudly welcomes Dr. K as the newest member of our team. Dr. K joins us from St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, where she completed her general practice residency after graduating from New York University College of Dentistry with a doctorate in dental surgery. She specializes in providing comprehensive, personalized dental care with a patient-centered approach. Dr. K. previously worked in private practice and is a member of American Dental Association, the New Jersey State Dental Association, and the Passaic County Dental Society. When she is not at work, Dr. K enjoys spending time with family and friends. Welcome, Dr. K!
The PPS Office of Dental Services was recently awarded a grant of $35,000 by The Delta Dental Foundation of New Jersey to continue providing dental care for Paterson's uninsured and under-insured student population. Grant funds will be used to purchase needed materials and supplies for the PPS Dental Clinic.
Mrs. Zaydel's Academy of Health Science (HARP) Dental Assisting I and II students recently had a field trip to the annual Greater New York Dental Meeting (GNYDM). The GNYDM is held at the Jacob Javits Center and features hundreds of dental exhibitors, dental education workshops, and all-day seminars. Students were able to tour the meeting and learn about the latest technology and advances in dentistry including intra-oral cameras, lasers, and 3D printing. Dental Assisting students were also able to see live patient demonstrations with materials and instrumentation learned about in class.
Students who are Paterson residents receive treatment for free of charge. Headstart or Pre-K students are allowed a one-time only screening so they may be enrolled in school.(A Parent or Guardian must accompany the student to the clinic each visit).
Dental Services Provided:
How Do I Schedule An Appointment?
Call Miriam Vergara at (973)321-1277
Call Weekdays 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Monday: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Tuesday: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Thursday: 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
We operate by appointment only. Students are able to return to school after treatment with a dental excuse. If schools are closed due to inclement weather so is the Dental Clinic.
Head Start Pre-K
Fluoride Rinse Program
Dental Health Education
Annual Teen Health Fair
Dental Assistant Training Program
In 2000, a state-of-the-art dental classroom was built in HARP with a generous grant from the Delta Foundation. Junior and senior high school students attending HARP are eligible to apply for the program. Students learn all aspects of dentistry, work with cements, impression materials, alginate, plaster and stone, mouthguards, bleaching trays and composite materials. In senior year students rotate through the clinic one morning each week for a 'hands-on learning experience.
The Paterson Public Schools, Office of Dental Services, offers emergency and comprehensive dental services to children in Paterson attending over 50 schools, both private and public.
The dental program has a long history in Paterson. It was established in 1974 as an extramural rotation for Fairleigh Dickinson University’s senior dental students. Dental hygiene students were an addition to the program shortly thereafter. When the dental school closed in 1990, UMDNJ continued the program. In 1995, the dental clinic was relocated to Eastside High School and incorporated into the Health Alliance Academy (HARP). After three short years, the dental clinic was re-established in space located at the local health department.
The dental office consists of 4 operatories, 1 laboratory, 2 x-ray machines, 1 automatic x-ray processor, waiting room for parents/children, and a secretarial area.
A comprehensive school-based dental health education and fluoride rinse programs in all schools are part of the dental program. The educational component of the program is supported by Colgate and Crest’s free school programs. More than 10,000 Paterson children are enrolled in school based fluoride rinsing programs.
The services provided are as follows: examination, radiographs, cleaning, fluoride treatment, sealants when indicated, amalgam and composite restorations, extraction oprimary teeth and referral to the hospital if the treatment is too extensive for the school clinic.
Children in Kindergarten through 12th grades, who do not have private dental insurance or Medicaid reimbursement, are eligible for dental care. Nurses identify students who qualify for the dental clinic and parents or the nurses call for the initial appointment. Children are excused from school while attending the dental clinic. (A note is provided)
Dr. Aparna Kaimulayil
After graduating from New York University College of Dentistry with a doctorate in dental surgery, I completed my general practice residency at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center. I specialize in providing comprehensive, personalized dental care with a patient-centered approach. I previously worked in private practice and I am a member of American Dental Association, the New Jersey State Dental Association, and the Passaic County Dental Society. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends.
I have worked in the dental field for almost 20 years as a dental assistant, dental hygienist, and now a teacher and dental coordinator for our district. Out of the many different offices and environments I have had the privilege of working in, the most rewarding part of my career has been caring for the dental needs of the children in my community. I am very excited to be able to continue to do this as the dental coordinator of our clinic. As for teaching dental assisting, there is nothing more inspiring to me than educating and helping young students build a successful future in a field I hold so close to my heart.
Paterson Public Schools