From March 30 through April 1, 2010, NYUCD and ABC7 celebrated 25 years of bringing free oral health screenings to New Yorkers of all ages. Over the course of the three days, more than 2,000 adults and children received free dental screenings (and oral cancer screenings for adults), vouchers for free comprehensive examinations and polishings, free dental sealants and custom-made mouth guards (for children and adolescents), free diabetes and blood pressure screenings, and free toothbrushes and other personal oral hygiene products. In addition, children ages 6 months to 10 years received a "healthy smiles" teddy bear commemorating their visit.
As in previous years, ABC7 promoted the screenings vigorously on the air, including broadcasting a story about screening for diabetes in dental offices - the story featured NYU College of Dentistry and College of Nursing faculty. Once again, ABC7 meteorologist Lee Goldberg served as the stationís spokesperson for the event.
"A 25th anniversary is always a major event," said Dean Bertolami, "and this anniversary celebrating the extraordinary partnership between NYUCD and ABC7 is cause for special celebration. This year the free screenings drew nearly twice as many New Yorkers as last year, underscoring the immense need of our community for essential health services. NYUCD looks forward to the next 25 years of partnering with ABC7 to offer as much care as possible to our fellow New Yorkers."