In the video above, Marshall Fagin, DDS, discusses the
importance of prosthodontics and of UB dental to health
BUFFALO, N.Y. – City of Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown will
appear at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine at 10
a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 1 in Squire Hall to proclaim Apr. 6 through
Apr. 12 National Prosthodontics Awareness Week in Buffalo
Prosthodontists are dentists with three additional years of
training after dental school and provide care for patients who are
missing teeth including dental implants, dentures and treatment of
congenital oral problems.
With approximately 178 million people in the U.S. missing at
least one tooth, increased awareness about proper oral health is
critical. From proper denture care techniques to the importance of
an annual oral cancer screening, NPAW takes this week-long
celebration to inform the public about how to best care for missing
teeth and the benefits of seeing a prosthodontist.
Marshall Fagin, DDS, clinical associate professor in the UB
Department of Restorative Dentistry, is coordinating UB’s
NPAW 2014 efforts, including the proclamation.
Fagin speaks about the importance of being able to show your
smile—how replacing missing teeth has turned patients’
lives around, allowing them to apply for jobs and feel more
Fagin also adds that he wanted to use NPAW to raise awareness
“of all the contributions that prosthodontists and all
branches of dentistry are doing on a pro bono basis to give back a
smile to those in need.
“The UB Dental School has taken a leadership role in
achieving higher levels of dental health in Buffalo. One example is
the soon to open Dental Clinic at 1500 Broadway which will be part
of the Erie County Health Mall,” Fagin said.
Besides Mayor Brown, Michael Glick, DMD, and dean of the UB
dental school will be in attendance as well as many leaders from
the local dental health community.
The festivities will also be an opportunity to recognize key
players who provide free dental services in the community: the St.
Apollonian Guild through Catholic Charities and the Good Neighbors
Health Care Clinic on Jefferson Ave. Local corporate
representatives from Ivoclar-Vivadent will also be in