The NYU College of Dentistry opened its pediatric
dentistry resources to hundreds of neighborhood children on
Friday, February 4, 2011, for the American Dental
Association’s annual Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) day.
WABC-TV previewed the event on February 3 by covering a
visit by the NYUCD Smiling Faces, Going Places mobile
dental van to a public school in Brooklyn. To view the
video of that visit, go to http://www.nyu.edu/dental/news/nyucdtv/.
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 NYU,
children arrived throughout the day for dental treatment,
screenings, education, career information about what
it’s like to be a dentist, and nutrition
consultations provided by NYU faculty and student
volunteers. Representatives from Henry Schein Dental, the
founding exclusive professional product sponsor of GKAS,
were on hand to assist children participating in "Reach Out
and Read" activities and at a "Give Yourself a Smile"
In congratulating the GKAS sponsors and volunteers, Dean
Bertolami said, "GKAS is a goal that we can all rally
around; namely, providing care for children and
spotlighting the need to address healthcare disparities in
the United States."