Welcome to The Floating Hospital’s Dental Clinic

We’re dedicated to building good dental habits and keeping you smiling! Our comprehensive dental services cater to individuals of all ages, from babies to adults, utilizing the best available techniques for preventative, restorative, and cosmetic care.

Importance of good dental hygiene

Maintaining good dental hygiene is crucial for preserving healthy teeth, gums, and overall oral health. Here’s why it matters:

  • Prevents dental issues: Regularly practicing good dental hygiene, like brushing and flossing, removes plaque and food particles, preventing cavities and gum disease.
  • Maintains fresh breath: Proper oral care eliminates bacteria that cause bad breath.
  • Preserves teeth: By preventing tooth decay and gum disease, good dental hygiene can help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime.
  • Supports overall health: Oral health has a link to overall health, with poor hygiene associated with conditions like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
  • Reduces dental expenses: Preventive care through good hygiene practices can save you from costly dental procedures in the future.

The mouth-body connection

Your oral health can influence overall health in various ways. By prioritizing regular dental check-ups, good hygiene practices, and a healthy diet, you contribute to better overall well-being. For specific health conditions or concerns, discussing your oral health with both your healthcare provider and dentist ensures comprehensive care.

Early dental visits for children

We follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation to schedule your baby’s first dental appointment before their first birthday (or earlier if they have a tooth). Starting dental exams early in life is crucial for several reasons:

Establishing good habits: Early visits introduce your child to the dental environment, promoting a lifetime of positive dental habits.

Preventative care and early intervention: Identifying potential oral health issues early on prevents them from worsening and affecting overall health.

Prevention of dental anxiety: Introducing your child to the dentist at a young age reduces the likelihood of dental fear in the future.

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Our comprehensive dental services include:

• Pre-natal dental care
HIV-patient dental care
Regular dental exams
Diagnostic X-rays
Tooth and gum cleanings
Fillings and bridges
Fluoride treatments
Full and partial dentures
Oral cancer screenings

Maintaining your dental health

Regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings every six months are generally recommended. However, the frequency may vary based on individual oral health needs. For optimal dental care, practice good hygiene at home, including brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and a healthy diet low in sugary foods.

At The Floating Hospital’s Dental Clinic, your health is our priority. Schedule an appointment today, and let us keep you smiling for life. Call 718-784-2240, ext. 2

What should I expect during my initial dental check-up?

During your first dental check-up, you can anticipate the following comprehensive procedures:

  • Examination: Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth, gums, and mouth to detect any signs of dental issues like cavities, gum disease, or oral cancer.
  • X-rays: X-rays may be taken to identify problems that are not visible during the visual examination, such as cavities between teeth or issues with the roots.
  • Cleaning: A skilled dental hygienist will perform a professional cleaning to remove plaque and tartar buildup from your teeth, particularly in hard-to-reach areas that regular brushing and flossing may miss.
  • Oral hygiene advice: Your dentist or dental hygienist will provide personalized guidance on proper brushing and flossing techniques and may recommend specific dental products if needed, tailored to your oral health requirements.
  • Treatment plan (if necessary): If any dental issues are identified, your dentist will discuss treatment options with you and create a comprehensive plan to address and resolve the problems effectively.

Maintaining good dental hygiene at home

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque and food particles between teeth and along the gum line.
  • Consider incorporating mouthwash into your routine to further enhance oral cleanliness.
  • Maintain a healthy diet low in sugary foods and beverages to protect your teeth from decay.


By following these practices and attending regular dental check-ups, you are taking important steps toward maintaining excellent oral health and achieving a confident smile.

For top-notch dental care, schedule your appointment with us today!

Dentistry aboard the Lloyd I. Seaman ship, 1957

Dentistry aboard the Lloyd I. Seaman, 1957


21-01 41st Avenue,
Long Island City,
NY 11101


Phone: 718-784-2240 ex. 2

Phone hours: Monday – Thursday; 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Monday, Thursday, Friday; 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday; 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 pm

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Your gift is one of the last buffers against a system that is failing families. Institutional care programs are constantly challenged by political forces that restrict and cut funding. Medicaid doesn’t fully cover The Floating Hospital’s costs to provide medical, behavioral, or dental healthcare to our patients. And it doesn’t cover all of the vital services we provide like health education and free-to-patient transportation services. Your gift will make a real difference to a family.


Provides a healthy lunch for a family of four


Provides one tank of gas for our Good Health Shuttle that transports people to their medical appointments


$250 enables a woman to receive the screenings and physical exams needed for employment or school.

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