BUFFALO, N.Y. – More than 800 children and parents will be
guided by “tooth fairies” and other “dental
heroes” through the award-winning Teddy Bear Clinic onto
dental treatment and cleanings at the University at Buffalo School
of Dental Medicine’s 13 annual “Give Kids a Smile
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. 7. at UB’s South
South Campus Maps: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/SouthCampus.pdf
In addition to UB Provost Charles F. Zukoski, dignitaries who
will be in attendance this year include 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” at 10 a.m.
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 ‘Super smiles brought to you
courtesy of your dental hero’ because anyone who volunteers
or participates to make this day a success is a dental hero,”
said Wells, who has presided over the dental activities for a
number of years.
“Again this year, we are 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.
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 are donating
their time to provide dental care.
The event is part of a national effort to teach children to
establish good dental health habits while young, in order to avoid
major oral health problems later in life.
Media arrangements: Sara Saldi in the UB Office of University
Communications at 716-645-4593 and email@example.com 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