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UB S-Miles dental van offers free dental care this month

The University at Buffalo S-Miles to Go dental van will provide free dental care this month at two sites in the city.

UB dental faculty, staff, students and community dentists will treat patients from Monday to Aug. 23 at the Hennepin Community Center, 24 Ludington St., and Aug. 24 to 30 at the Seneca-Babcock Arlene Mychajliw Community Center, 82 Harrison St.

Services available to those of all ages will include exams, cleanings, fillings, sealants, fluoride treatments and extractions.

“It is our hope that through this event we can assist patients to identify a permanent dental home,” said Dr. Stephen Abel, associate dean for student, community and professional initiatives in the UB School of Dental Medicine.

The 42-foot-long van — equipped with a three-chair dental clinic and X-ray imaging machine — also gives dental students the chance to experience the challenges dental patients face in underserved communities. Services are provided through a partnership among the state Dental Association, state Dental Foundation and Seneca-Babcock Community Association.

Treatment is available by appointment on a first-come, first-served basis. To register, call 829-2780 or 803-3699.

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