Aleksandr Baron, '09, takes a bite impression during Fit Kids NYC, a daylong health fair sponsored by the New York City Youth Health Coalition.
NYUCD is now providing free dental IDs for all children screened
at community outreach events as a way of safeguarding youngsters
who might get lost, or worse, be abducted. To create the IDs, pediatric
dental students and residents use a new technique that imprints
the child's bite on a soft silicon wafer. The wafer also
collects DNA from saliva and saves the child's scent. The
wafer is then packaged and given to parents along with a Polaroid
photo and a form listing vital information, such as hair and eye
"This is one way we can help parents keep kids safe, as
well as healthy," says Ms. Jill Fernandez-Wilson, a Clinical
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry who coordinates the
Pediatric Outreach Program. Dental IDs are also provided free-of-charge
at the NYU Pediatric Clinic and on the Smiling Faces,
Going Places mobile dental van.