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 Community OutreachBOCAHistory     August 20, 2014  


BOCA's Accomplishments

As members of BOCA, we are proud of our accomplishments!  Since 2004, we have led over 40 dental outreach trips both abroad and in various communities across the United States.  Nearly 500 Buffalo dental students have participated in the program, joining over 25 different faculty members and residents. On our missions, we strive to provide the dental care most needed by a particular community. Primarily, this includes surgical extractions and restorative dental work, as well as hygiene, sealants and dental education.

BOCA by the numbers

Being typical dental students, we can't ignore the statistical impact of our dental work! Our current tallies indicate that we have seen 16,000 patients on outreach trips since 2004. We have performed over 8,432 dental restorations and extracted over 14,470 teeth! For those in private practice, this is the equivalent of over $3,856,049 in free dental work. Considering that most of our patients live in huts without heat or electricity and have no previous dental care, this is a pretty remarkable gift.

While the most important beneficiaries of our dental work are the patients, the dental students who attend these missions are also rewarded. They not only gain insight into lives that are often less privileged than their own, but have the opportunity to do extraordinary amounts of dental work. Depending on the trip, the average student performs between 30-60 extractions and up to 25 restorations in a week!


Since 1997 the School of Dental Medicine has operated a mobile dental unit (MDU) serving Chautauqua County in Western New York. The MDU averages approximately 3,100 patient visits per year. 



Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) is a SDM organization administered by dental students and dedicated to providing care to underserved areas. Students and faculty deliver much needed dental treatment to such locations as Appalachia, Belize, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Vietnam and as well as in the Buffalo area.


Each year, volunteers guide hundreds of children through the award-winning Teddy Bear Clinic and to dental cleanings and treatment at the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine's annual "Give Kids a Smile Day."

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The UB Smile Team promotes dental education and provides free oral health care in areas of the world that lack adequate access to treatment. 

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