On October 14th, ASDA students came together to volunteer at Hale House in Boston. Hale House is an assisted living facility and the students were able to promote oral health care to the residents.
Micheline Moini (D18) reflects: “This event was a great experience. It was the first event of the 2017 academic year. It all started with the idea of there being a need in assisted living homes for the promotion of oral health care due to one student having her grandfather living in assisted living. That one student, went out in search for an assisted living facility close enough to Tufts Dental that was within walking distance to motivate students to participate in community service to this population. The Hale House had been a work in progress since this past February. At our first event ever, we had brought a students therapy dog to the home. Many of the residents were happy and excited to see a friendly, little, four legged furry friend! This event was a little different in that we wanted to promote oral health care. We went over some basic dental questions with a beach ball that had questions on it as we rolled the ball around. Residents were welcome to ask questions and we did our best to answer and keep the conversation flowing! Next we handed our toothbrushes and toothpaste to the residents who came and went over OHI. The students also went over brochures to educate patients about flossing and how to become a patient at the dental school if they needed a provider. One of our d19’s was able to get a patient and exchanged business cards! It is a great way to get patients and experience something outside of school. We hope to have our next event in November and will send out another email for volunteer opportunities!”
This past Friday, October 13th, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) members Sandy Lopez, Lizbette Alcantara, and Stephanie Alvarez had the opportunity to participate with the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures van in Quincy, Massachusetts to raise awareness about the importance of children’s dental health.
Stephanie Alvarez (D20) reflects: “The van was equipped to screen two children at a time and designed to be kid friendly with fun art work painted on the van and oral health cartoons playing in the background. The children were eager to see what was inside the bus and really enjoyed showing us how they brushed and flossed their teeth on the puppets. Oral health instructions were provided to children ages 3-12 and they all received an electronic tooth brush and tooth paste for participating! It was a very rewarding experience and we are looking forward to bringing the Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures van to local communities in the near future!”
On October 1st, Alisha Anand (D18) and DeAndra Jones (D18) represented the Tufts American Association of Pediatric Dentistry in Fall River, MA. The students helped table at a health fair hosted by Fall River community churches by speaking to families about healthy beverage choices and playing a jeopardy game to promote oral health.
On October 14th, Hispanic Dental Association (HDA) at Tufts volunteered for the East Boston Community by promoting oral health care to children.
Isabela Aguirre (D20) reflects: “It was great to come together as HDA members for this event since many of the student volunteers were fluent Spanish speakers and many of the kids in the community we helped in could not speak english. Not only were we were able to successfully teach oral health to kids, but we were able to form a connection with them with our cultural similarities.”
On September 28th, Tufts D20 Smile Squad Students (Thais Antunes, Catherine McKenna, Sandy Lopez, and Simran Kaur) and Biniam Legesse (Pre-Dental Student) volunteered at the Medford Health, Wellness and Fitness Fair held at the Medford High School.
Simran Kaur (D20) reflects: “This is an annual fair which is open to the families in Medford community. Dental Students interacted with families and provided oral hygiene instructions to kids and adults. We also gave out toothbrushes and toothpaste to those who attended the fair. During our interactions with families, we were able to tell them about our school and about the various clinics we have to meet their dental needs! Overall, it was a positive and fun experience to interact with local community members and share the importance of oral hygiene.”