Children from the Inwood section of Northern Manhattan can receive free screenings, treatments, and educational lessons from Columbia University College of Dental Medicine (CDM) faculty and students as part of the National Dental Association “Health Now-NY” on Friday, June 5.

Free Dental Screenings

  • WHO: CDM dentists, hygienists, and dental assistants. CDM’s participation is being sponsored by National Dental Association, Henry Schein, Inc, Colgate Bright Smile Program, Philips Sonicare, Oral Health America, The Links Incorporated, and W.K. Kellog Foundation.
  • WHERE: P.S. 178 located at 12-18 Ellwood Street in Manhattan
  • WHEN: Friday, June. 5,from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Contact Leydis D. De La Cruz 917-374-7620 or at 212-305-1045.

An estimated four to five million children in America have dental problems so severe they have trouble eating, sleeping, and learning. The U.S. Surgeon General has called dental disease a “silent epidemic.”

According to Center for Disease Control (CDC), black children are twice as likely to have untreated dental cavities compared with non-Hispanic white children. Between 2011 and 2012, 21 percent of black children had untreated cavaties

The New York event is part of CDM’s Community DentCare program, which will be providing free comprehensive dental screenings for children in need at seven public schools and at CUMC’s pediatric dental clinic in Washington Heights that day.