Buffalo, New York’s University at Buffalo will be hosting Give Kids a Smile Day, where they’ll be welcoming hundreds of kids who are unable to access or pay for dental care to their grounds to give them free oral care, including screenings, cleanings, fillings, X-Rays, fluoride treatments, wisdom tooth removals, as well as consultations to see which kids are good candidate for braces and in need of them.
On top of those free services, children who participate in the event will also get free hearing and eye exams, as well as access to demonstrations on healthy eating.
The UB School of Dental Medicine will be hosting the Give Kids a Smile Day on Feb. 7., 2020, from 9a to 3p, on their South Campus’s Squire Hall, at 3435 Main St. The event is part of a national effort that started out with the goal of providing dental care to kids in need, but has since expanded to cover different disciplines, into healthcare in general, with hundreds of volunteers from varying fields supporting and participating.
UB Dental School Associate Dean for Student, Community and Professional Initiatives Dr. Stephen N. Abel says that they’re glad to open the doors of the institute to the people, and to provide dental care, knowledge on candidate for braces, and help to kids that need it.
Give Kids a Smile Day welcomes kids aged 1-18, though space is limited. UB School of Dental Medicine’s website allows for setting of appointments. The university’s phone, 829-2780, is also available for appointments.
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, which is why Give Kids a Smile Day is held in that time. The initiative’s goal is to provide needed care to families that are unable to afford it. As for UB Dental School, they’ll be providing transportation for children with appointments.
Volunteers for the event include the dental school’s faculty, staff, students, with additional support from private dentists, and optometrists, as well as their staff. All will be working for free, with tasks divided between the groups.
All participating kids will also get free lunchboxes, toothbrushes, dental floss, as well as toothpaste. There’ll also be games and activities for kids while they wait.