BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Children who don't have access to dental care
are encouraged to sign up for the annual "Give Kids a Smile" day on
Feb. 1, conducted by the School of Dental Medicine at the
University at Buffalo and the Pediatric Dental Clinic at Women and
Children's Hospital of Buffalo.
Children ages 1-18 will receive dental treatment free of charge
that day at either site as part of the UB dental school's community
Parents can call 861-3593 to schedule an appointment.
Patients will receive a dental exam, fluoride treatment, X-rays,
sealant, oral hygiene instruction and other treatment or
consultations as needed. Limited restorative dental work will be
available. 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 for parents and children.
More than 200 volunteers, including UB dental school faculty,
staff and students; Women and Children's Hospital dentists and
staff; private dentists and their staff, and students and faculty
from the Dental Assistant Program at UB's Educational Opportunity
Center and Erie Community College's Dental Hygiene Program will
help to keep the day running smoothly.
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
The event is sponsored nationally by the American Dental
Association, Colgate and Sullivan-Schein, a dental supply