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A new custom-built mobile dental clinic will help the University at Buffalo hit the road to serve thousands of kids in Buffalo and Chautauqua County.

UB’s School of Dental Medicine has unveiled its new dental van “S-miles To Go,” a 42-foot-long, self-contained dental clinic constructed on a semi-trailer chassis.

“We’ll be able to provide dental care specifically for children in need in Chautauqua [County] and Buffalo,” said Michael Glick, dean of the UB dental school.

The mobile unit includes a small intake and waiting room area; three dental chairs; digital radiography; electronic dental records; a panoramic X-ray unit; and a small dental laboratory.

“It’s completely self-contained to provide all the dental care needed for the kids,” Glick said during Friday’s unveiling.

The new mobile dental clinic was constructed by LifeLine Mobile, thanks in large part to a federal grant as well as significant contributions from the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation and the Lenna Foundation, both in Jamestown.

For 15 years, UB dental school’s mobile program has helped meet the needs of children in Chautauqua County, which has a shortage of dentists serving Medicaid-eligible patients, according to UB. The mobile dental program visits 24 schools, averaging 3,100 patients a year.

“S-miles To Go” also will be used for a new program the dental school is setting up with Buffalo schools, Glick said.

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