Tarrytown schools partner with Open Door Family Medical Centers to offer free dental care

The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns is offering free dental care to students in the district. Beginning earlier in the school year, the district started partnering with Open Door Family Medical Centers in bringing the center’s fully equipped dental vans to schools for weekly visits.

Yuri Marquez, a dental assistant with Open Door Family Medical Centers, takes teeth x-rays of Anya Harris, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, in the Open Doors mobile dental van outside the school April 10, 2024.
Yuri Marquez, a dental assistant with Open Door Family Medical Centers, takes teeth x-rays of Anya Harris, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, in the Open Doors mobile dental van outside the school April 10, 2024.

School Superintendent Dr. Ray Sanchez says, “We know the cost of dental, and the other part of is that for kids to learn, we need to make sure that they’re of good health, and so this is one of our efforts to ensure that. We can provide a service to our families, and this partnership is invaluable in doing so.”

Dr. Benjamin Geisler, a dentist with Open Door Family Medical Centers, explains to Sofia Rodriguez, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, how he's going to fill a cavity for her at the Open Door mobile dental van, which visited the school April 10, 2024.
Dr. Benjamin Geisler, a dentist with Open Door Family Medical Centers, explains to Sofia Rodriguez, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, how he's going to fill a cavity for her at the Open Door mobile dental van, which visited the school April 10, 2024.

Students whose family signs up for dental service are escorted to the van, where they’re greeted by dental assistants and Dr. Benjamin Geisler, one of the Open Door dentists, for roughly 30-minute appointments. Geisler says that the service provided is comprehensive, and includes teeth cleaning, fluoride treatment, x-rays, cavity fillings, and even extractions if needed.

Anya Harris, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, is accompanied by dental assistant Yuri Marquez as she walks into the Open Door Family Medical Centers mobile dental van outside the school April 10, 2024, where she was getting x-rays and having her teeth cleaned.
Anya Harris, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, is accompanied by dental assistant Yuri Marquez as she walks into the Open Door Family Medical Centers mobile dental van outside the school April 10, 2024, where she was getting x-rays and having her teeth cleaned.

Kids get to watch movies while getting their teeth cleaned or while having a cavity filled, and leave with stickers and information about the visit for their parents. Geisler says, “We do it in this beautiful setting, where kids are much more comfortable than when they’re at the brick-and-mortar site.”

Dr. Benjamin Geisler, a dentist with Open Door Family Medical Centers, fills a cavity for Sofia Rodriguez, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, in the Open Door mobile dental van.
Dr. Benjamin Geisler, a dentist with Open Door Family Medical Centers, fills a cavity for Sofia Rodriguez, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow, in the Open Door mobile dental van.

About 100 families have registered for the dental service. Presently, the mobile van is visiting the W.L. Morse and John Paulding elementary schools on a rotating weekly basis. Superintendent Sanchez says that plans are in the works for the dental van to begin visiting other schools in the district.

Dr. Benjamin Geisler, a dentist with Open Door Family Medical Centers, fills a cavity for Sofia Rodriguez, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow.
Dr. Benjamin Geisler, a dentist with Open Door Family Medical Centers, fills a cavity for Sofia Rodriguez, a first-grader at the W.L. Morse Elementary School in Sleepy Hollow.

This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Public Schools of the Tarrytowns offer students free dental care

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