BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's School of Dental
Medicine celebrated the unveiling of its new, state-of-the-art
mobile dental van "S-miles To Go" on Nov. 9 in the lobby of Squire
Hall on the South Campus.
Constructed by LifeLine Mobile, the "S-miles To Go" dental van
is a 42-foot-long, three-chair dental clinic built on a
semi-trailer chassis. It can be moved between elementary schools in
Chautauqua County. The new unit features a wheelchair lift, a
panoramic X-ray unit, digital radiography, an intake/education area
and electronic patient records.
Tooth decay is the most chronic disease among children. In one
year, more than 51 million hours of school is missed because of
tooth decay or other dental-related illness.
The UB dental school has served the oral health care needs of
children in Chautauqua County for 15 years with its school-based
mobile dental van. Chautauqua County is designated a Dental Health
Professional Shortage Area, with few dentists serving
Medicaid-eligible patients. UB's MDU dental staff has provided care
during 38,000 patient visits since 1997.
The new mobile dental unit was funded in large part by a grant
from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA). The Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and the Lenna Foundation,
both of Jamestown, N.Y., also made significant contributions to the
Speakers at the event included Congressman Brian Higgins, U.S.
Representative for New York's 27th District; Michael Glick, DMD,
dean and professor of the UB dental school; Michael Cain, dean, UB
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and vice president for
the health sciences; and mobile dental unit clinic director Barbara
In his remarks, Higgins praised the UB dental school for its
commitment to the children of Chautauqua County and their oral
"UB is an extraordinary resource to our community. I applaud the
efforts and vision of UB for bringing oral health care to the
underserved in Chautauqua County and public service to the citizens
of Western New York," he said.
Glick thanked the team who helped bring the new dental unit to
UB, from those who authored the grant to the staff who works on the
"We are very pleased that with our new mobile dental unit, the
UB mobile dental program has been presented with the unique
opportunity to continue to provide necessary dental/health care to
24 schools and more than 3000 children per year in Chautauqua
County," said Glick.