All posts by Dental Central Team

Light A Candle for Zambia

“We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us thru that darkness to a safe and sane future.”- John F. Kennedy

This July, the Tisch Summer Fellows Program in collaboration with TUSDM will support five Tufts Dental Students on an exciting service learning project to support oral health service delivery and infrastructure in Zambia, Africa! In efforts to raise awareness and funding for the project, the team is selling soy candles. Any donations raised by the Tufts Team will directly benefit the project and will be used towards supporting oral health for people in Zambia that are in desperate need of oral care

The highly scented soy candle is in a cute hexagon jar. Features include an awesome eco wick (no metal/zinc and not paraffin coated). Candles are made and hand poured with high quality ingredients and love (:

ORDER YOUR CANDLES HERE! DEADLINE for order is: June 30th

Wine Tasting for Health Thursday: Zambia wine tasting fundraiser

RSVP Required HERE

Entry Fee: Students – $15 , Faculty/Non-students – $30 

What is included: Wine Tasting & Food – Along with many chances to win prizes via Raffle and Auction! 

Each entry ticket will entry your name in a raffle. Each Raffle ticket is $5 or you can buy 5 for $20. 

The Zambia Project: 

In 2018, the longstanding TUSDM Zambian oral health outreach project (founded in 2006) was developed as the focus of a GSL course which requires a three-week country immersion as well as extensive project preparation and post field experience reflection and assessment. Lessons learned from this comprehensive project guide the refinement of the other five GSL projects. This project in rural Zambia is a collaboration of a local community, the Dental Training School of the Zambian Ministry of Health and TUSDM strategically utilizing existing health care infrastructure and incorporating community-oriented cost-effective oral health prevention. The program includes four components of oral health promotion—oral health education, emergency care for infection and pain, fluoride exposure and atraumatic restorative treatment (ART). Annual visits by TUSDM in collaboration with Zambian interdisciplinary oral health and medical teams provide exams, fluoride treatments, toothbrushes/toothpaste, extractions and tooth restoration. Since inception of the Zambian effort, local Zambian community oral health volunteers, trained and coordinated through the local rural health center, provide essential support for the program including on-going oral health education, identification of community dental needs and assistance for visiting teams.

MDS Beacon Hill Day

Beacon Hill Day is upon us (MAY 1st)! 

Dentists and students will be going to talk to our elected officials to help pass laws that will protect our profession!

Do you need to know anything about lobbying before you go? 

No! MDS will give you all the talking points and also give you a rundown of what these issue are and why they are important to us as we practice dentistry. 

What we will be talking about:

  1. Costs shifting within the delivery of Dental Care
  2. Making sure that dental benefit corporations have transparency
  3. Reforming licensure exams
  4. Anesthesia coverage for children
  5. Adults on Mass Health to obtain more benefits 

What will the day look like?

  • 8:30- 9 Registration and Check-in
  • 9- 10:45 Breakfast and Issue briefing (free meal)
  • 10:45 – 11 Walk to the State House
  • 11- 12:30 Individual meetings with Legislators
  • 12:30 – 2:30 Lunch time and Afternoon Agenda (free meal)

Is it going to be worth it?

Yes! Lobbying is fun – and that’s a fact. 

It’s not too late to register! http://cqrcengage.com/madental/app/register?0&m=391263 Come to the Hill and see how you can make a difference.

I hope to see you there! Please reach out to me with any questions!

PERU Clothing Drive

Take a moment to look through your closets this weekend for any clothes or school items that you may not want anymore! We will be collecting men, women, and children’s clothing, winter coats & accessories, shoes/boots, blankets, backpacks, socks, and any school supplies (pencils/pens/notebooks/etc.) as part of Tufts’ GSL Peru trip. We will directly be distributing the items to the local villages there.
There are donation boxes set up in the 7th floor student lounge, 15th floor, and on the 4th floor of Sackler Library. We will be collecting from Oct. 29th to Nov. 2nd.
Anything will be much appreciated!

DC BULLETIN BOARD HIGHLIGHTS: Sharewood & Tufts Aesthetics

Happy October!

Swing by the 7th floor and check out the Sharewood Project board by the mailboxes! Stop by throughout the month to see photos of students and faculty that participated in previous events and learn how to join for future sessions. Come see the dinosaur! (:

And don’t miss the Tufts Dental Aesthetics Society bulletin board by the 7th floor lounge and learn about their mission/vision statement, photos, upcoming events, and so much more!

Sign-up for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community!

Apply for Project Funding through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

Apply for Project Funding through the Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement

The Tisch Fund application period for the 2018-2019 academic year is now OPEN!
The Tisch Fund for Civic Engagement welcomes requests from Tufts University students for funding of events, projects, and programs with a clear connection to civic life. Learn more here.
The deadline for the fall semester will be  November 21st, 2018. Applications may be submitted for the next deadline after the previous passes, but they will not be reviewed until the funding is given for projects of the previous deadline. Applicants with questions should email Peter.De_Guzman@tufts.edu

67th AAID Conference – Congrats Yusuf, Shawn, and Nari!

This past weekend, three TUSDM students went to Dallas, Texas to present their research at the 67th American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) Annual Conference.

Yusuf Sheikh (PG’21) placed 2nd and Shawn Kim (UG’20) placed 3rd for the table clinic oral presentation, and Nari Park (UG’19) placed 3rd for the poster presentation. Congratulations to these three students on placing at the national conference!

Founded in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. To find out more, please visit this link: https://www.aaid.com/index.html

Their studies were:

Effects of the Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Lateral Window Maxillary Sinus Augmentation: Yusuf Sheikh, DMD, MA; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS

Radiographic Analysis of Crestal Bone Resorption in Vertical Ridge Augmentation:
Shawn Kim; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS

Anatomical Factors of the Posterior Superior Alveolar Artery Associated with Schneiderian Membrane Perforation During Maxillary Sinus Augmentation: Nari Park MS; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS

Fall 2018 TUSDM Research Magazine

Hello students and faculties!

The BSRG E-board is excited to share with you the 2nd Issue of student-run research magazine at TUSDM. Thank you to our founder and editor-in-chief Shawn Kim D20 and our public relations chair Joyce Ganas D20 for launching this magazine!

The featured students and faculties for Fall 2018 TUSDM magazine are: Byung Min Nahm D18, Alec Eidelman D18, Dr. Nadeem Karimbux, Dr. Irina Dragan, Jesse Feuerstein D19, Joyce Ganas D20, Sara Mir D20, Dr. Thaisa Bordin, Brent Mullen D20, Amanjot Sarao D20 

We encourage you all to look it over and learn about the exciting projects underway at TUSDM. Hard copies will be available on the 15th floor starting this month.

DC Bulletin Board Highlights: HPSP & GHSA

Happy September!

Swing by the 7th floor and check out the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) board by the mailboxes! Stop by throughout the month to see photos of students and faculty that participated in the tough ruck, previous/upcoming events, and ways to find out more about being a part of the military and studying as a dental student simultaneously!

And don’t miss the Global Health Student Association (GHSA) bulletin board by the 7th floor lounge and learn about their mission/vision statement, photos from various GSL trips, upcoming events, and so much more!

Sign-up for the 2018-2019 school year is open. Please see available dates HERE and sign up to show off your awesome student group to the TUSDM community!

Dental Central Week 4 Trivia

Hop on Dental Central throughout the month of August to play weekly trivia!

Every Monday, the winner for the previous week’s trivia question will be announced and a new question for the week will be posted.

All answers can be found on Dental Central, so start exploring!

One lucky D22 will win a prize each week!

Week 3 Winner: Congratulations Nikesha Walters (D22)! (:

Please submit your answer to tuftsdc@gmail.com.

This week’s question:  Find the question on the Dental Central Bulletin board (7th floor by the student lounge) ! (: