Category Archives: Community Service Activities

P.Y.T. (Protect Your Teeth) Activation

The oral health epidemic has constantly been buried under all the other health concerns and it’s time to do an extreme makeover to this system. National campaigns like Sean Combs, Vote or Die Campaign encapsulated people with an energy that evoked a behavior change. A change that in many ways tapped into all cultural demographics and yielded the election of the first African-American President, oral health is in need of a “first” situation as well and Protect Your Teeth campaign is this opportunity. The Protect Your Teeth activation was sponsored by qii (pronounced chee), an oral health drink company that is based out of Toronto, Canada.

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SNDA at the 2019 Boston Heart Walk

SNDA members had a great time volunteering with the American Heart Association at the 2019 Boston Heart Walk on September 7th.

Heather Smith (D20) reflects: “We celebrated and cheered on walkers as they walked either 1, 3, or 6 miles in honor of those who have passed away and in support of survivors of heart disease and strokes.”

HDA Volunteers at East Boston Health Fair

HDA had volunteers doing OHI and dental screenings for the Hispanic Community in East Boston during Pfizer’s Health Fair last Saturday. They had a great turnout of volunteers and screened many patients who were referred to Tufts for further evaluation! Be on the look out for more HDA volunteer events!

Tufts Community Day Volunteers Needed

Smile Squad will be participating at the yearly Tufts Community Day on Sunday, September 22nd @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm! We are looking for volunteers who are interested in giving OHI and sharing the importance of dental care to children and their families. It will be at the
Tufts Medford campus.

Many community organizations and Tufts student groups will be present at the eve nt. Lunch and refreshments will be served. It is a great way to meet other student groups and stay involved!

There are two shifts available: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 3:15 pm.  If
you would like to stay for the entire time, you are more than welcome to! If
you are interested, please click here to sign up!

D22’s Volunteer Experience with Kelleher Rose Garden

On Tuesday 8/20, members of the D22 class enjoyed the Boston summer weather by volunteering at the Kelleher Rose Garden. Janki Shingala, James Cruz, Brock Riedel, Adi Smith, Ankita Kesar, and Carolina Velez participated in the conservation of the garden located in the Back Bay Fens.

James Cruz reflects: “I’m always open to spending time with classmates and friends, and this event was one of the most wholesome ways you can do that. This garden is something the whole city can enjoy, and it’s a good feeling, knowing that the D22 class contributed to it.”

Adi Smith adds: “I had a great time getting out into the community while hanging out with my classmates.”

Alpha Omega Tooth Day

On July 16, 2019 Tufts AO hosted their Annual Tooth Day at Fenway Park. This year TUSDM partnered with UNE dental students to provide baseball fans with oral hygiene instructions and handed out toothbrushes, toothpaste, xylitol gum, and xylitol lollipops to fans entering the stadium. With the help from local Boston dentist and AO alumna Dr. Heidi Aaronson, we screened fans for oral cancer using a Velscope, a handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to detect abnormalities that may not be apparent to the naked eye. Special thank you to the TUSDM faculty Dr. Trombly, Dr. Harold, and Dr. Lerman who came out and supported this awesome event! We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Tooth Day.

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Join the Tufts Children’s Hospital for Rodman Ride for Kids

For the second year in a row, Floating Hospital for Children has once again been selected as an affiliated charity for the Rodman Ride for Kids on Saturday, September 21. We hope you will consider joining the Floating Hospital for Children team for a 25 or 50-mile non-competitive ride or as a virtual rider (no cycling involved) and fundraise on behalf of Floating Hospital. All participants are invited to attend a fun and family-friendly, post-ride BBQ.

100% of funds raised will benefit Floating Hospital for Children. 

Participants who raise a minimum of $1,500 will have the opportunity to designate their funds raised to a pediatric department of their choice.

To learn more about the Rodman Ride for Kids please visit

ASD Special Olympics Volunteering

The Special Olympics Massachusetts Summer Games is taking place June 7-9 at Harvard and BU. ASD will be sending a group from Sports Dentistry to volunteer with the Special Smiles program providing oral screenings, health education and prevention, and making mouth-guards with dentists who are a part of the ASD!

Here is the link to register for the Special Smiles program (Saturday June 8

There is also a need for volunteers for Track and Field, Tennis, Swimming, Volleyball and many other roles. Here is the link to register to volunteer for other roles:

AAPD Represents as Elementary School Career Day

AAPD members Allie Penta (D21) and Adi Smith (D22) visited a first grade classroom at the PA Shaw Elementary School this past week to explain what dentists do as part of a career day series. The kids learned the importance of oral health with some brushing and nutrition tips and loved showing off their brushing skills – join us for more events this coming fall!

Dental Care at Fenway Park: Tufts Faculty and Staff Volunteer With Team Smile !

Team Smile is a charitable foundation started in the Mid Western States in the early 2000s. The premise is to put together sports teams, dentists, hygienists and dental student professionals together to help treat needy children’s oral health needs. Who doesn’t love sports and team spirit?! This is the second time that Team Smile has come back to Boston. Last August 2018 was the “ inaugural” event at Fenway Park to great success. Tufts Dental was asked first by Colgate Palmolive to fill the student spots. =

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