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Give Kids a Smile Day is bringing healthy grins to Buffalo youth for 15th year

For 15 years, the UB dental school and community dentists have been providing free dental treatment and cleanings to Western New York children during Give Kids a Smile Day. Photo: Douglas Levere

Release Date: February 3, 2016

“It means one less kid with cavities, one less teenager with a toothache and one less unhealthy smile.”
M. Dian ChinKit-Wells, clinical assistant professor in the UB Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Tooth fairies and life-sized teddy bears can mean only one thing – the return of the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine’s “Give Kids a Smile Day.”

The annual event, now in its 15th year, will welcome more 600 children – including nearly 400 Head Start students – and hundreds of volunteers, whom include UB dental school faculty, staff, students, and private dentists and their staff who are donating their time to provide care.

The event is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 5, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Squire Hall lobby and dental clinics on the first and third floors on the UB South Campus.

South Campus Map: http://www.buffalo.edu/buildings/maps/SouthCampus.pdf

Throughout the day, children will receive free dental treatment and cleanings. While they wait, kids can enjoy hands-on activities, games, dental videos and oral health instruction from Mr. Tooth and UB Bulls mascot Victor E. Bull.

Guests include Rep. Brian Higgins and Erie County Health Commissioner Gale R. Burstein.

“We are in a profession where being kind is a daily responsibility,” says M. Dian ChinKit-Wells, clinical assistant professor in the UB Department of Pediatric and Community Dentistry.

“We are a group of people who are always on the search for an opportunity to serve the community and make others happy. It means one less kid with cavities, one less teenager with a toothache and one less unhealthy smile.”

Give Kids a Smile Day, held in partnership with the American Dental Association, New York State Dental Association and 8th District Dental Society, is part of a national effort to teach children good dental health habits while they’re young to avoid major oral health problems later in life.

Media arrangements: Contact Marcene Robinson, in UB Office of University Communications, at 716-645-4595 or marcener@buffalo.edu, and onsite (8:30 a.m. to noon) at 716-207-5814.

Parking is available in the Squire, Tower and Michael-Farber lots. Squire Hall is No. 19 on the online map and its lot is right next to the building – valet parking is available. Farber Hall is No. 25 and Michael Hall is No. 26 and their lot is between them.

Media Contact Information

Marcene Robinson
News Content Manager
Dental Medicine, Libraries, Nursing, Pharmacy

Tel: 716-645-4595
marcener@buffalo.edu