Release Date: January 30, 2014
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 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. 7. at UB’s South Campus.
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 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.)