Global Health Nexus, Summer 2003

Giving Kids a Smile: NYU Dentistry Helps Kick Off National Access to Care Day

On February 21, NYU Dentistry joined forces with the New York County Dental Society and industry sponsor Sullivan-Schein Dental to help kick off the American Dental Association’s first-annual “Give Kids a Smile Day,” to help increase access nationwide to oral health care and offer free dental services to underserved and low-income children.

The day marked the culmination of a weeklong effort by NYU Dentistry to provide free educational, preventive, and restorative services to children, including free sealants and custom-fitted mouth guards. During the event, a total of 39 volunteers, students, residents, and faculty treated 127 children, who were entertained by a magician, face painting, and sing-a-longs at NYU Dentistry’s pediatric dentistry clinic. Joining the group were a number of dental dignitaries, including Dean Alfano, New York County Dental Society (NYCDS) Executive Director Ellen Gerber, NYCDS Vice President Dr. Lawrence Bailey, and Henry Schein Chief Executive Officer and President Stanley Bergman.