For the eighth consecutive year, NYUCD opened its pediatric dentistry resources to hundreds of neighborhood children, plus American Dental Association (ADA) officials and industry sponsors of the annual Give Kids A Smile® (GKAS) celebration.
GKAS was created to highlight the ongoing challenges that underserved children face in accessing oral health care, and to build support among policymakers for public and private solutions that provide regular access.
At NYUCD, children arrived throughout the day for dental treatment, screenings, and education, including career information about what it’s like to be a dentist. The 2010 event at NYU also brought a special treat for the visiting children, all of whom received a "healthy smiles" teddy bear. Nationwide, over 50,000 dentists and other volunteers participated in providing free dental care for over 30,000 youngsters.
In addition to ADA officials, including ADA President Ron Tankersley, guests included representatives of Henry Schein Dental, the founding exclusive professional product sponsor of GKAS, along with representatives from cosponsors DEXIS Digital X-ray, the Colgate-Palmolive Company, and regional consultant societies.
Dean Bertolami congratulated the GKAS sponsors and volunteers and added, "Wonderful as GKAS is, what today really should be about goes beyond giving care on this day only. It should be about focusing a very bright spotlight on healthcare disparities in our country. That is a goal we can all rally around."