Here is this week’s AAPHD policy fact of the week:
A recent article from the Journal of Public Health dentistry titled “Broken smiles: The impact of untreated dental caries and missing anterior teeth on employment” examined the impact of routine dental visit on anterior teeth health, employment, and the benefits of expanding dental coverage for non-elderly adults.
Results showed that the probability of being employed was negatively associated with poor oral health.
This shows that physical appearance influences social interaction. Those who decayed or missing anterior teeth were from low-income households or from ethnic minorities who lacked dental insurance and access to dental care.
Expansion of dental care in Medicaid could positively influence the employment rate. This could also lead to overall decreased costs to emergency departments, to the state, and in the end allow more individuals to make a livable wage.
The Viva el Latin Quarter summer series kicks off exactly one month from today! Experience Boston’s Latin Quarter and help keep the culture of the neighborhood alive. Starting on July 17th, join every Wednesday at 6PM on the Blessed Sacrament Church Plaza for FREE community events. All events are family-friendly and will offer FREE J.P. Licks ice cream!
FutureDDS recently had the opportunity to be the keynote speaker at ADEA’s 2019 GoDental Fair. “It was great being able to inform future dental students about some of the rumors we had heard before starting dental school, and then explaining to them if those rumors were true or false.” Check out the video and let us know what you think!
Forget the at-home movie nights and cramped-couch sitting this summer (Netflix will still be there when you get home). Switch up your film-viewing experience by taking your family out to one of these free movie screenings in Boston. It’s a chance to sprawl out on the grass, pack some movie munchies (and maybe a can or two of bug spray) and hopefully get some giggles in. Here’s where you can watch free movies, in the great outdoors, all summer long!
Over 60 people came down to the 2nd floor to toast the art and success of the Fresh Art Project! Participants climbed the stairs and viewed the beautiful photographs and asked when we could do this again. Dr. Hanlon thanked The Dean for his commitment to the project and Nancy Marks for making it all happen. Want to know whose art is where?
The annual Boston Pride Parade took place this past weekend, with a central theme of Looking Back, Loving Forward. The parade combined the recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a hopeful message of love and strength, as many rights still require conquest. Many members of the Tufts community joined together in the march. Enjoy more pictures by clicking below!
On May 23, 2019 students and faculty volunteered at Early Learning Center in Malden for Career Day. Approximately 140-150 students aged 3-5 years old came by the table with their teachers. Each student and teacher received a goodie bag filled a toothpaste, a toothbrush and a sticker. Educational reading materials and brochures were given to teachers to distribute in each student’s cubby.
Connie Lau reflects: “It was very rewarding for me to see teachers and students raising their hand to ask questions regarding dentistry, and if our pediatric department would see children with special needs. I would like to shout out to Dr. Forero for her support and guidance to make this event fun for the kids, and Dr. Sprott, pediatric resident, for volunteer her time talking to the kids and the teachers about what pediatric dentist do.”