BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Eight hundred children and their parents are
scheduled to fill dental clinics in the School of Dental Medicine
at the University at Buffalo and the Pediatric Dental Clinic at
Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo on Feb. 2 to take part in
the fifth annual Give Kids a Smile Day.
Children from across Western New York who do not have access to
dental care will receive dental treatment free of charge that day,
national Give Kids a Smile Day, as part of UB dental school's
community outreach initiative. Six-hundred-fifty children have
appointments at UB and another 150 are scheduled to be treated at
More than 200 volunteers, including UB dental school faculty,
staff and students; Women and Children's Hospital dentist and
staff; private dentists and their staff; and students and faculty
from UB's Equal Opportunity Center's Dental Assisting Program and
Erie Community College's Hygiene Program will help to keep the day
Children ages 1-18 from local Head Start centers and elementary,
middle and high schools will receive a dental exam, fluoride
treatment, X-rays, sealant, oral hygiene instruction and other
treatment or consultations as needed. Each child will leave the
clinic with a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss.
There also will be tours, hands-on activities, dental videos and
oral hygiene instruction.
The Buffalo event is part of a national effort to encourage
children to adopt good dental health habits early on, so they can
avoid major problems later.
Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Ivoclar Vivadent,
Inc., Patterson Dental and the Eighth District Dental Society are
Nationally, the event is supported by the American Dental
Association, Colgate and Sullivan-Schein, a dental supply company.
More than 750,000 children nationwide are expected to participate
in Give Kids a Smile Day.