BUFFALO, N.Y. – This year “tooth fairies” will
be guiding more than 800 children and parents through the
award-winning Teddy Bear Clinic onto dental cleanings and treatment
at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine’s 12
annual “Give Kids a Smile Day.”
The proceedings will take place in the Squire Hall lobby and
dental clinics on the first and third floors of the dental school
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1. at UB’s South
South Campus Maps
In addition to Michael Glick, DMD, professor and dean of the
dental school, other dignitaries who will be in attendance this
year from 10:30 a.m. to noon will be Congressman Brian Higgins
(NY-27), Erie County Commissioner of Health Gale R. Burstein, MD,
and City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.
Mayor Brown will deliver his annual proclamation endorsing this
day as “Give Kids a Smile Day.”
Of the 800 students visiting the dental clinics, 400 will be
Head Start children.
According to M. Dian ChinKit-Wells, DDS, clinical assistant
professor in the UB Department of Pediatric and Community
Dentistry, this year’s activities have a new theme.
“This year our theme is ‘Be a dental hero’
because all oral health providers are dental heroes to their
patients,” said Wells, who has presided over the dental
activities for a number of years.
“We are also taking the temperatures and recording the
weight of the schoolchildren to get a more complete picture of each
child’s general health,” she added.
While children wait for their appointments, they will watch
while Teddy Bears get dental treatment and will also be offered
hands-on activities, dental videos, games and oral health
instruction and visits by local sports mascots.
A perennial favorite, Mr. Tooth, will be on hand to pose for
photos with the kids.
The event is in partnership with the American Dental
Association, the New York State Dental Association and the 8th
District Dental Society.
Several hundred volunteers, including UB dental school faculty,
staff and students; private dentists and their staff; and students
and faculty from Erie Community College's Dental Hygiene Program
and Equal Opportunity Center's Dental Assisting Program, are
donating their time to provide dental care.
The event is part of a national effort to motivate children to
adopt good dental health habits early, in order to prevent major
Media arrangements: Sara Saldi in the UB Office of University
Communications at 716-645-4593 and firstname.lastname@example.org or onsite
(8:30 a.m. to noon) at 716-597-8434. Parking is available in the
Squire, Tower and Michael-Farber lots. (On the online map, Squire
Hall is number 19 and its lot is right next to the building –
valet parking is available; Farber Hall is 25 and Michael Hall is
26 and their lot is between them.)