On October 29th, Chris Hines (D22), Konstance Joseph (D21), Heather Smith (D20), Adjoa Baidoo (D21), Evan Gallegos (D21), and Amanda McKane (D21) volunteered at the St. Francis House to promote oral health care and good hygiene habits.
Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “We were able to hand out 100 toothbrushes and toothpastes to the St. Francis House community members who were very eager to learn more about their oral health. They demonstrated modifications, of their brushing and oral hygiene habits, that a dental student recommended, on a large typodont to ensure they were advancing their oral disease prevention techniques.”
Each year in the Fall, DC reluctantly says goodbye to our third year staff, in order to give him or her the time to focus on their clinical work. So it is with a heavy heart that we offer a big round of appreciation for all D20 Cindy Se Park has brought to DC—creativity, commitment, attention to details…and a great laugh! Although we love Cindy, we know we must let her focus her magical powers to her clinical work (…well, not all her powers—she will still be working her magic TUSDM’s Global Service work!) Thanks for everything Cindy!
“It has been an incredible 2 years working on the Dental Central staff team. I had the privilege to not only feel like I belonged to all of the 43 student organizations here at TUSDM, but also to firsthand witness all of the awe-inspiring, meaningful, and empowering opportunities run by students and faculty. I want to thank all of the current/previous DC team members, Tisch College, TUSDM and Nancy Marks for this invaluable experience. Dental Central will always have a special place in my heart (:” – Cindy Park.
At the same time, DC is so fortunate to have found D22 Nehal Shah to join our team.
Nehal will be working closely with DC’s other rock star staff, D21 Pranali Vyas!
Nehal Shah is a California native who has just started his journey here at TUSDM. As the first year staff member for Dental Central, he will be responsible for helping keep the DC website content up-to-date by creating weekly posts, maintaining the events calendar, and helping with general website maintenance, hoping to keep the TUSDM community as informed as possible. As a new and fresh pair of eyes on staff, we are confident Nehal will be a great addition in helping continue growing Dental Central and push its goals further.
Outside of dental school, Nehal enjoys traveling, cooking, and is a photography enthusiast. He also brings with him relevant experience; for years now, Nehal has had his own wedding photography business, SHAHRP Studios, traveling nationwide to capture events. His background in the art of photography and graphic designing will be a great asset in his position on the DC staff. We are excited to have Nehal on board!
This past weekend HDA joined the Mexican Consulate of Boston in New Hampshire to help provide services to the Mexican population there. The volunteers (Gabriela Sangiovanni (D21), Daniela Rendon (D21), Katherine Ynisare(D21), Lily Razavi (D21)) and Faculty advisor, Dr. Correa, enjoyed a wonderful morning/afternoon providing oral health instructions to adults and children of all ages.
Gabi Sangiovanni (D21) reflects: “We also played games with the kids that involved teaching them about nutrition and oral hygiene instructions as well. It was great to see how much the community enjoyed our visit and the help we were able to provide. We look forward to more events in the near future and hope to continue working alongside the Mexican Consulate to help the Mexican communities in the New England area.”
On Saturday October 13th, Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Rayna Silva (D20), Kristina Caravelli (D21), Marina Kanakos (D21), and Emily Thomas (D20) joined AAWD at the monthly Tufts Community Wellness Initiative (TCWI) at the Asian Community Development Corporation to present health information alongside medical and nutrition students. This month’s topic was osteoporosis, and AAWD presented on MRONJ. The audience was very engaged and had lots of questions. It was a unique opportunity to present in an interprofessional environment as well as practice public speaking skills.
Check out AAWD’s page to get more involved in the organization!
Join AAPD’s 1st general body meeting to hear about the many volunteering opportunities, activities, and awesome speakers planned for this year! Come to their meeting to learn more about Pediatric Dentistry and working with kids in our area!
This year, just in time for Fall and holiday gifting, AO is selling soft and comfy Tufts Dental blankets! The blankets are a cream knit on the front, with the Tufts Dental logo (see photo below) and surrounded by mini teeth! The back is a soft navy blue fleece. They measure 4.5 feet x 5.5 feet. These great blankets are selling for $45 for 1 blanket and $80 for 2 blankets.
Check out the photo if you are interested in the design! Click here
to put an order! Don’t miss out, the last day to submit your order is Thursday, October 18th.
You can also feel the blanket at any time on the 2nd floor; ask Tommy at the Atlantic desk!
Smile Squad members once again participated at the yearly Tufts Community Day event held at the Medford campus on September 30th!
Thais Antunes (D20) reflects: “The weather this year was perfect. It was great to see the turnout as there were upwards of 3,000 people throughout the day. Families from the Medford, Somerville and surrounding areas enjoyed a day full of fall activities including pumpkin carving, painting, scavenger hunts and more. The day however was not complete until each child had a chance to interact with our puppets and use our toothbrushes to demonstrate how they brush their teeth at home. The children were eager to use our large colorful toothbrushes and enjoyed demonstrating their brushing techniques. One parent reflected, “if only my child was this eager to brush at home”. Our hope is that by going out to the community and participating at events like these, the children will learn more about the importance of oral hygiene and improve their habits at home. Children learn by exposure and experiences which is why our presence at events like these is so important. Our members did a phenomenal job teaching brushing and flossing techniques to the children. Some of our members reflected on their experience:”
Allie Penta – D21 “I loved teaching the kids how to brush and seeing how excited they were to try it”
Sophia Heitmiller – D21 “We handed out hundreds of toothbrushes and it was great to make a positive impression on all those children”
Mehtab Manji – D22 “It was amazing to see kids super excited to learn about brushing and flossing. Parents were also very excited and happy with the puppet learning”
Alyssa Kotin – D21 “I had a great time seeing so many kids of all ages excited to learn more about their teeth”.
Olivia Capotorto- D21 “It was great seeing how excited the parents were watching the children practice brushing and flossing”
Come to Rachel’s Amphitheater on October 2nd at 12PM for a debrief on the global service learning trip to Zambia! Lunch will be provided.
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On September 30th, a group of eight volunteers from TUSDM joined ADO in giving oral hygiene instruction to around 180 kids at the Bo De Meditation Center in Braintree, MA during their weekly Sunday Vietnamese class: Ping Zeng (D20), Brent Mullen (D20), Monica Cheng (D20), Emerly Hsu (D21), Sandra Khuu (D21), Yi-Chen (Jo) Chiang (D21), Trish Dang (D20), Irene Lang (D21).
Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “We split up into 3 groups, and each group taught 2 classes of kids age 6-14 how to brush and floss (6 classrooms total of around 30 kids each), what foods are good or bad for teeth, and how cavities form. We were able to use the teach back technique using the stuffed animals for the younger classes, and led the older kids in 2 enthusiastic games of jeopardy. At the end of our oral hygiene instruction sessions, it was a great feeling to come back together from our groups and share informally about our experiences. All of the classes, especially the older ones, were extremely excited and engaged in both asking and answering questions throughout all of the sessions. The kids especially liked the more challenging questions, as many of them were excited to share with everyone what they knew. Often, even the adult teachers were excited to jump in to guess on a jeopardy question or ask some of their own questions about how to take care of teeth. Having so many kids show up and receive oral hygiene instruction was incredibly rewarding and fun, and all the volunteers were happy to have spent a Sunday afternoon serving the community.”
On September 22nd, SNDA volunteered at the Greater Boston Food Bank–a non-profit organization that serves more than 500,000 people each year.
Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “Tufts SNDA had a beautiful time serving this past weekend at The Greater Boston Food Bank! We were able to sort 11,664 pounds of food which will provide 9,233 meals for families in need. This was particularly rewarding because September is Hunger Action Month, which aims to raise awareness about hunger across the nation. Shout out to Romina Aznavaleh D’22, Deena Raef D’22, Jesus Vivar D’22, Gabriel Thomas D’21, Lauren Smith D’21, Youstina Youssef D’20, and Rayna Silva D’20 for volunteering!”