BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo's School of Dental
Medicine will celebrate the unveiling of its new, state-of-the-art
mobile dental van "S-miles To Go" on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-7:30
p.m. in the Milton J. Fletcher Elementary School, 301 Cole Ave.,
The event is free and open to the public.
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.
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. The UB mobile dental program visits 24
schools, averaging 3,100 patient visits each year.
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, also made significant contributions to the
The Chautauqua County unveiling will feature tours of the dental
van, and remarks from New York State Senator for the 57th district,
Catharine Young; Michael Glick, DMD, dean and professor of the UB
dental school; Linda Swanson, executive director of the Ralph C.
Sheldon Foundation; and mobile dental van clinic director Barbara
Press arrangements: Sara R. Saldi in the Office of University
Communications, 716-645-4593, firstname.lastname@example.org; and Edward
Morrison, onsite, 716-955-0393.