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Paterson Dental Clinic

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Changing Children’s Lives ... One Smile at a Time

The mission of PPS Office of Dental Services is to provide underserved children with access to comprehensive dental care and educate children & their families about the importance of dental hygiene. The goal of the Office of Dental Services at Paterson Public Schools (“PPS Dental”) is to work with families and providers of medical care (pediatricians, family physicians)  to improve the oral health of Paterson’s children by increasing their access to preventive oral health services and integrating early oral health as the medical standard of care for children. We envision a future where every child has access to a dentist and preventable dental diseases are eradicated.
The Paterson Public Schools (PPS), Office of Dental Services providing free comprehensive dental care to uninsured and underserved infants, children, adolescents and special needs patients’ ages 0-17, who are residents of Paterson. 


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 gardening.

Yana Zaydel, RDH

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. 

Nesime Dokur, CDA

Nesime or patients call her Sima started her career in dentistry in 1981 in Us Army. She came to PPS Office of Dental Services in 1999 after working in St. Joseph Dental Clinic for 15 years. Sima is a Certified Dental Assistant, and she assists the dentist in every treatment procedure.

Miriam Martinez, CDA

Miriam is a Certified Dental Assistant with over 20 years of experience. She joined PPS Dental in 2003 as a clinical assistant. Now she is responsible for front desk and the outreach programs.


Dental Staff


Board / Support

Dr. Napoliello, DDS – President of the Delta Dental Foundation of NJ
Yana Zaydel – Coordinator of the PPS Dental Office of Dental Services
Dr. Ephros, DMD, MD - Department chair of oral and maxillofacial surgery in St. Joseph Medical Regional Center
Dr. Waba, MD – Director of Pediatric Clinic in Paterson Health Department
Delta Dental Foundation of NJ
St. Joseph Medical Regional Center
America's ToothFairy: National Children's Oral Health Foundation  






Our Programs

Community Service Learning Program (CSLP)
We pride ourselves on incorporating interactive, age-appropriate, English & Spanish education throughout our dental home. Our waiting room is equipped with the TV and DVR, and children can watch the “Wiggly Tooth” and “The Legend of Tooth Kingdom” videos. At the end, there are quizzes & brain games to reinforce dental hygiene tips presented throughout the story. Upon the child's next visit, a new story will become available to teach him/her about specific dental procedures they may receive.
The next stop for children at PPS Dental is the Toothbrush Station, where a dental assistant counts down two minutes of brushing, offering feedback about proper brushing technique.
Parents and caregivers are welcome (and encouraged) to join their children during the appointments. Whether kids are at the dental home for a simple cleaning or for more extensive treatments, our assistants & dentist make it a point to discuss how healthy diet affects oral health, stressing the link of oral health to overall health & wellness.
Our educational program for parents and caregivers includes following:
1. Educate expecting mothers about early childhood caries and ways to prevent it. Oral health education including impact of maternal health on the developing fetus; caries disease transmission from the care givers to infants and toddlers; effects of early childhood caries; inappropriate use of baby bottle and sippy cup; age/ developmentally appropriate daily oral care for infants and toddlers; initial dental visit by age one; benefits of fluoride varnish and fluoride supplements for children living in non-fluoridated area and importance of good nutrition. Pregnant women, new mothers and care givers are provided with available community resources to access recommended dental care in a timely manner.
2. Educate caregivers that a child's teeth are susceptible to decay as soon as they begin to erupt (baby bottle caries).
3. Educate caregivers about importance of primary teeth.
4. Educate caregivers about health problems associated with dental disease.
5. Educate caregivers about preventive oral care for infants and toddlers.
6. Educate caregivers about importance of scheduling first dental visit within six months of eruption of the first tooth.
Oral Health Program (OHP)
Provides preventative and diagnostic dental services and comprehensive oral health education to children and families at-risk. Prevention and Early Intervention services include on-site visits to Early Childhood Programs serving children 0 - 17 years, and pre and postnatal women Paterson NJ; Head Start Program and all Public schools in Paterson.
Examination and preventive care with prophylaxis, topical fluoride treatment with application of fluoride varnish provided to children with written parent consent for such services. Children diagnosed with moderate to severe dental caries are referred for follow-up care; Completion of recommended follow up treatments is verified through PPS Dental Health Data tracking system. Education provided to children, parents and care givers  address importance of early intervention, prevention, practice of oral hygiene in school and at home, periodic dental checkups; benefits of using fluoride tooth paste, fluoride rinse, topical application of fluoride by dental professionals and use of systemic fluoride when indicated. Emphasis is also placed on healthy eating/ feeding habits to reduce incidence of dental caries. Children are given an age-appropriate free kit with tooth brush, tooth paste, dental floss and oral health education brochures Tooth Fairy.
The best way to eradicate dental disease is to never contract it in the first place! Combined with oral health education, preventative treatments like the following can avoid the accumulation of dental decay and caries/cavities before they begin:
Prophylaxis (teeth cleaning), Fluoride application to strengthen teeth's defense against decay, Diagnostic oral examination by dentist, Caries Risk Assessment to determine unique, personal factors affecting oral health, X-rays to detect possible intraoral decay, Sealants on emerging permanent teeth to protect enamel crevices susceptible to decay.
PPS Dental dentist have extensive experience dealing with early, moderate, and advanced dental disease in children. We provide: Cavity fillings, Tooth extractions, Pulpotomy (mini root canal), and Mouth guards. Our dentists make referrals to orthodontists, endodontists and other specialists as needed.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association recog­nize that caries-risk assessment and management protocols can assist clinicians with decisions regarding treatment based upon caries risk and patient compliance and are essential elements of contemporary clinical care for infants, children, and adolescents. This guideline is intended to educate healthcare providers and other interested parties on the assessment of caries risk in contemporary pediatric dentistry and aid in clinical decision making regarding diagnostic, fluoride, dietary, and restorative protocols.

Our Programs

Measure / Outcome


DMFT index measures the prevalence of dental caries/Teeth.
The components are:
D component: Decayed teeth
M component: Missing teeth due to caries
F component: Filled teeth due to caries



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We see an improvement in oral health in children of all ages. We also see behavioral changes such as proper nutrition and restriction of sugary beverages and more frequent dental visits for children. 
Improved care results in increased:
•Oral evaluations by primary care providers
•Proportion of children who have received 4 fluoride applications by 4 years of age
•Health education for parents/caregivers
•Referrals to dentists starting at age 12 months
•Healthier kids
•Entrée into dental care
•Dentally healthier kids entering dental care


Annual “Give Kids A Smile″ Oral Health Fair

In celebration of Children’s Dental Health Month, and Give Kids a Smile, PPS Dental in collaboration with Dental Assisting students of HARP Academy  holds a large oral health fair open to the Paterson  Public Schools. An oral exam, prophylaxis, fluoride varnish application, and presentations about oral hygiene and healthy nutrition are given to each child.

Fluoride Rinse Program (FRP)

As a preventative strategy PPS Dental provides supplies of Unit dose Fluoride Rinse to every school in the District. School nurses are in charge of providing fluoride treatment to every student on monthly basis.

Oral Health Fair


Toothbrush to Every Student Program (TESP)
PPS Dental is working on establishing a hygiene closet at every PPS school where students can access needed dental health products.
Health Club
PPS Dental is working on establishing a “Health Club” to increase oral and overall health & wellness. Our plans include:

  • Create a social media campaign with a special hashtag & information related to oral health in the community
  • Design posters, flyers, & fact sheets on children’s dental health in the community
  • Document schools nutrition information & how it may affect oral health






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