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 Community OutreachMy Dentist, My Friend     July 23, 2014  

My Dentist, My Friend

My Dentist, My Friend is a 12-month collaborative school-based dental program with Head Start. It is designed to observe Head Start preschooler's (age 3-5) interactions with fourth year dental students and to gauge their comfort levels at their first dental visit. We hope to desensitize children's fear of dental visits and to prepare our dental students with young patient interaction, build their confidence, and presentation skills.

In addition, dentistry as a career will be promoted (including hygiene and dental assisting) to children who may not have thought about a dental career, which will have an impact at this early age.

Finally, we hope this program will increase proper hygiene instruction, decrease caries (cavities) and increase the children's dental IQ.


Dr. Chin-Kit Wells reads at a My Dentist, My Friend gathering


The Future in Dentistry


Pediatric dentistry resident Amanda Cryan shows a group of children the proper way to brush

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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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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.

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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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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. 

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As a proud member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), the University at Buffalo is committed to discovery, both basic and applied research, development and scholarship particularly related to oral health and disease.

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Established in 1892, the School of Dental Medicine continues to educate general practitioners, specialists and biomedical scientists in the art and science of oral health through our comprehensive accredited programs.

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The tradition of practicing dentists taking time to teach is as old as dentistry itself; the central role of practitioners as faculty is as old as the earliest organized dental schools.

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