Give Kids A Smile! Reflection by Paul Serrano (D19)

On February 4th, Give Kids A Smile was held at TUSDM, focusing on oral health screenings, oral health promotion, and oral health fairs. Around 100 students and faculty members worked together to put together this special day filled with smiles, laughter, and fun.

Paul Serrano (D19) reflects: “This was the first year that the “Give Kid A Smile” event was held at Tufts. On this day, TUSDM took part in a national community outreach initiative created by the ADA Foundation. TUSDM opened its doors to children ages 0-13 for free dental screenings, exams, and fluoride varnish treatment – all with the hope of helping young children find a permanent “dental home” at TUSDM. Oral health promotion, children educational activities, and various games with prizes also took place in Merritt Auditorium, under the guidance and supervision of student and faculty volunteers.

The entire day was a huge success as we had more than 70 children screened, as well as many of their family members able to participate in the oral health promotion aspect of the day. It was also a great learning experience for faculty members and volunteers, who learned a lot about how to organize and facilitate an event of this nature and magnitude at TUSDM. It was exciting to realize all the ways in which to improve for next year’s event – with the ultimate goal of being able to offer more types of dental procedures (i.e. operative!) to the public. First and foremost, all of the volunteers took pride in being able to interact with the community in such a productive and meaningful way. We are looking forward to a bigger and better version of this event for next year”.

Check out more photos from the event in their album! GKAS 2/4/17

Photo credits mutually given to Kevin Campbell (D18), Alejandro Lamas (D19), and Gary Kersey (D20).

The program was sponsored by: PGExpress, Big Y Gum, Panera Bead, Velocity SEO, Whole Foods, Chipotle, JP Licks, Boston Red Sox, Glee Gum, Massachusetts Dental Society, Delta Dental, Colgate, Henry Schein, Heartland Dental, Sweet Green, Pure Life, John O’Horo (DMD, PC), Periodontics & Implant Center, EDIC, Steven Rubin (DDS), Wanda Johnson, Strain Promotional Solutions, Cura Call.