The unrestricted annual gifts made by alumni and friends provide essential support to the College’s operating and capital budget and provide us with the flexibility to react to student opportunities that arise throughout the year.
By participating in annual giving you join a community of alumni, faculty and friends that have an exponential impact on our resources. For example, an annual gift of $5,000 is equivalent to the yearly income from a $100,000 endowment fund. Also, a high rate of participation in the annual fund provides evidence to potential outside contributors, such as foundations, that our own alumni contribute to the many projects we undertake each year in support of the College's larger mission and continued future growth.
Low-income children have some of the highest tooth decay rates in the city. They are unlikely to receive dental care, and in some cases, they do not even have toothbrushes and toothpaste at home. This NYU Dentistry program aims to decrease new decay by as much as 75% and improve a child’s quality of life, reducing pain, distraction and missed school days. We will work with the social work staff of the after school program to obtain parental/guardian permission to provide the required dental care for these children (at no cost to the family/child if necessary).
The Smiling Faces Going Places van provides more than 1400 children with 2400 dental care visits, performing over 7,000 procedures throughout the New York City area each year. In addition to the cost of the Van itself, the College contracts with a bus company to provide for the movement of the van to locations, overnight garaging, cleaning, fuel, tolls and comprehensive maintenance of the vehicle.
Each year, we treat hundreds of children who cannot afford to pay for dental care. The children require examinations and preventive care, and often the restoration of decay ravaged teeth. Many children require orthodontic care but do not qualify for Medicaid. The College will never turn these children away, but we are faced with a substantial financial shortfall. Funding this program will help NYU Dentistry continue caring for economically disadvantaged children. The College does not want to turn these children away.
NYU College of Dentistry introduced the first program in the U.S. designed to provide dental services for survivors of torture and to educate 20 dental students annually to deliver care to this special patient population.
Haunted by memories of physical torture, survivors, the majority of whom have suffered dental and facial injuries, have to deal with persistent frightening thoughts and memories of their ordeal on top of routine fears of dentistry. These patients may fear bright lights and the contact necessary for the dentist to provide treatment. As a result, their ability to access dental care is seriously compromised. As we repair their teeth, we restore their self-image and dignity along the way. These patients receive state-of-the-art dental care at no charge.
NYU College of Dentistry visits senior centers for low-income older adults throughout New York City to offer free screenings. Nearly 100% of the seniors require dental care for gum disease, decay or replacement of VERY old dentures, but few have the funds needed for treatment. The College aspires to develop a program that will expand the scope of treatment locations beyond senior centers and homes of low-income in-dwelling seniors to provide both screenings and dental care.
The College is committed to visiting as many Senior Centers as possible to deliver care, either by transporting seniors to the College or with our Van depending. We hope this program will enable the College to see as many as 5000 additional senior citizens for screening and care each year.
The College of Dentistry has a number of experts in sports injury prevention and treatment, including team dentists for NCAA Division I and professional sports teams. NYUCD seeks to implement a program providing custom made mouth guards AND an extensive educational program of injury prevention for inner city sports participants in high schools throughout the city.
In its first year, we hope to deliver over 30 injury prevention presentations and 200 mouth guards for student athletes.
Cosmetic dentistry is generally considered an elective procedure, but throughout New York City there are women who have suffered dento-facial injuries as a result of physical abuse. The NYU College of Dentistry looks to partner with shelters for abused women throughout the city to provide dental restorations that can help return their lives to normal.
We are seeking partners who will enable us to initiate this program and treat hundreds in need, changing the lives of every woman we touch.
The NYU Dentistry/Henry Schein Cares Global Student Outreach Program was created to address public health and access to care issues in dentistry and oral health.
The College's comprehensive global outreach programs offer participants a unique, service-learning experience. These interdisciplinary programs provide faculty, residents and students of dentistry, hygiene, nursing and public health with a well-rounded perspective on access-to-care issues and challenge them to rethink their roles as healthcare providers. Clinical outreach programs provide free dental services to populations facing barriers to oral healthcare including a dearth of dental providers, economic hardship and inadequate health insurance coverage. Students and residents receive hands-on clinical instruction and are exposed to public health issues in dentistry. Post-outreach evaluations have consistently shown a transformational effect on participants, and past participants have noted these experiences as a highlight in their NYU Dentistry student career.
As the College marked the 90th anniversary of the Dr. Ignatius N. and Sally Quartararo Department of Endodontics, it also announced the creation of a new, fully-equipped endodontic clinical suite that will employ the most advanced educational and patient care technologies available. Make a gift and support the modernization and renovation of the Dentsply Sirona Endodontic Clinic.
For more information, please contact:
Mark S. Wolff, DDS, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Cariology and Comprehensive Care
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations
Associate Dean for Predoctoral Clinical Education
NYU College of Dentistry
345 E. 24th Street
New York, NY 10010