From October 17 through 19, 2007, NYU’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing partnered with ABC7 and Colgate to offer free general and oral health screenings under one roof. This year’s free screenings focused on the link between oral health and general health, and included screenings for cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, obesity, dental disease, and oral cancer. In addition, people 65 and older were eligible to receive free pneumonia vaccinations and youngsters could get free dental IDs or “toothprints,” a process that takes an impression of a child’s bite and captures DNA for purposes of identification.
As in previous years, NYUCD’s longtime media partner, ABC7, promoted the screenings vigorously on the air, with meteorologist Lee Goldberg serving as spokesperson for the event.
Nearly 1,400 New Yorkers – 25 percent more than last year -- took advantage of the free screenings. Many people commented positively on the “one stop shopping” approach that enabled them to get both a general health and a dental screening in one location.
“The success of the 2007 screenings underscores the critical need for expanded access to healthcare for New Yorkers of all ages,” said Dr. Charles N. Bertolami, the Herman Robert Fox Dean of the NYU College of Dentistry. “NYU’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, ABC7, and Colgate are proud to partner to offer as much care as possible to our fellow New Yorkers.”