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Sangita Murali (D18) Attends the 52nd Annual Colgate Dental Students’ Conference on Research

Each year, the American Dental Association Foundation hosts the Colgate Dental Students’ Conference on Research in Gaithersburg, Maryland, drawing together dental students from all over the U.S. and Canada. The goal of this conference is to introduce dental students to industry professionals, as well as scientists from the ADA, the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, and the ADA Foundation’s Dr. Anthony Volpe Research Center to raise their awareness of the wide-ranging careers available in oral health research.

Day 1: Sunday, October 2nd

With a short flight from Boston to DC and a little over an hour to kill before registration, I ubered over to bustling Downtown, DC to check out the national monuments. To future research scholars who attend this program, I highly recommend visiting this area of America’s rich history! The Lincoln Memorial, Reflecting Pool, iconic Washington Monument and World War II Memorial were beyond astonishing and I was thrilled to find the “Massachusetts pillar” as I explored the area. Before catching the MetroRail, DC’s version of the “T,” a short detour led me by Eisenhower’s Executive House and the White House.

Upon reaching the hotel, I checked in, registered, and met my conference roommate, a phenomenal 3rd year student-dentist and researcher at the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Dentistry and President of the National Student Research Group! The two of us joined a group of 36 other colleagues for a cocktail hour and meet-and-greet shortly after meeting. Every attendee was incredibly engaging and we got right into sharing our experiences transitioning from the preclinical and didactic environment to clinic, how our school’s maintain HIPPA compliance, the mentor-mentee relationship differences from school to school, the emphasis on students’ doing research, and the number of students who submit their abstracts to national conferences like IADR and AADR every year, how having post-graduate students play a role in the care we provide, and this was just the beginning.. a very, exciting beginning!

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Smile Squad at Tufts Community Day

On October 2, 2016, Smile Squad participated in the annual Tufts Community Day. Tufts Community Day was a wonderful opportunity to meet a diverse population of children and families from the surrounding communities and educate them on the proper techniques for good oral hygiene and give out goodies like toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, and stickers!

Tufts Implant Club Hosts AAID: Bite of Education with Dr. Ashok Patel

Implant-Club-Logo-Updated-08.19.2016Please join Tufts Implant Club this Friday for Dr. Ashok Patel’s lecture on Implant Treatment Planning!

A Tufts University graduate, Dr. Ashok Patel completed the Implantology program at Harvard School of Dental Medicine in 1989 and is involved in surgical and restorative phases of Implantology since then. He has maintained a full time private practice in Waltham, Massachusetts.

In 1995 and 1996, Ashok Patel spent time with his mentor, Dr. Hilt Tatum Jr. and learnt various surgical techniques including Sinus Augmentation, Bone Expansion, Ramus Frame Implant Surgery, Soft Tissue Reconstruction and Ridge Reconstruction using different graft materials.

Professionally, he is active in a number of Organizations. He is the Fellow and Diplomat of International Congress of Oral Implantology (ICOI) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). He is also a Board Certified Implantologist and a Diplomat of American Board of Oral Implantology and Implant Dentistry (ADOI/ID).


Smile Squad at Oak Street Fair

On September 24, 2016, Smile Squad participated in the Oak Street Fair where they provided educational opportunity for children, young adults, and families to improve their oral hygiene and home care and gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste, and stickers. Demonstrated using dental puppets and games that simulate the skills needed for good oral hygiene. Ashley Wallace (D17) reflects on her experience:

“After participating in a number of Smile Squad events, I always take home the feeling that we have made a difference in the health of these kids. We have children visiting the table with experience that varies all over the board. Some are proficient and very knowledgeable about their oral health, while others need quite a bit of help. Overall, it seems that all the visitors very extremely excited to participate, and I find that to be a very successful trip!”