Last fall, NYUCD once again opened its doors to the community to provide free oral screenings to New Yorkers of all ages in collaboration with its longtime media partner, ABC7. The event marked the 27th year of the NYUCD/ABC7 partnership. As in previous years, Colgate donated oral health products and the NYU College of Nursing provided staff who conducted general health screenings. Dr. Molar Magic (aka Dr. Bruce Lish, '94) and Colgate's Dr. Rabbit Mascot entertained youngsters.
Over the course of 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 oral hygiene products.
ABC7 promoted the screenings vigorously on the air, including broadcasting stories about oral cancer, periodontal disease, and children's oral health featuring NYUCD faculty experts. ABC7 meteorologist Lee Goldberg, served as the on-air spokesperson for the event.