Category Archives: Community Service Activities

Use your Cantonese language skills to help the local community!

Asian Dental Organization (ADO) is actively looking to identify fluent Cantonese-speaking students who have an interest in being an interpreter for ADO-organized community service events in the community throughout the year. These events could include presentations to a large audience as well as one-on-one interpreting. Student interpreters would be compensated for their time. If you are interested, please email Irene Lang at irene.lang@tufts.edu to be placed on a reserve list to be contacted for potential opportunities.

Volunteers Needed: Tufts Community Day!

Smile Squad is participating at the yearly Tufts Community Day on Sunday, September 30th from 10:30 am to 3:15 pm. We are looking for volunteers who are interested in giving OHI and sharing the importance of dental care to children and their families.

Many community organizations and Tufts student groups will be present at the event. Lunch and refreshments will be served. Click here to learn more about Tufts Community day:
https://communityrelations.tufts.edu/community-programs/communityday/.

Shifts:
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 follow the link to sign up by September 24th:
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1me-NPZ-oUNVHwxANK2l52TQhfjq9GVFfdyOb-qKpd_E/edit#gid=1940831401

Team Smile at Fenway Park!

Team Smile is a foundation based out of the Mid West.  Its mission is to join sports teams and oral health professionals together to provide dental care to children.  Colgate Palmolive is one of the sponsors TISDM was asked to participate.  18 student spots were available for our students to become assistants.

On Friday, August 31 for the first time, Team Smile made its way to Boston MA.  The venue:  Fenway Park.  Lots of festivities including a DJ, face painting, hand held radiography, hygiene stations, triage stations.  Wally showed up.  Little kids, our students and a few faculty members tried their hand at hip hop!  Upstairs in the Red Sox Suite Rooms, restorative treatment took place.  So now we know how a fancy VIP room can be turned into a dental operatory with a fantastic view of the ball field!

Somewhere around  200 middle graders from PIPP School Boston attended!

Tufts students and faculty had a very nice time doing some good for the little kids in Boston and are excited to hear that most likely plans are in the works for Team Smile to return next year.

HDA Volunteers with Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Future

On June 19th, Mather Elementary School hosted Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Future mobile dental van. The Tufts Student Hispanic Dental Association mobile van featured two dental chairs for patients in the community.

Sandy Lopez (D20) reflects: “The dental chairs were used for conducting dental screenings and a waiting area where kids learned about oral health instructions and healthy habits. I would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Martha Forero, Professor Dolan, Nancy Marks, and Lynne Cataldo for making this possible.”

AAPD at the Chinatown Stabilization Block Party!

On Saturday, August 11th members of TUSDM volunteered at the Chinatown Stabilization Block Party to provide oral health education to the Chinatown community. Five students including myself along with Dr. Forero represented both the Tufts AAPD Chapter and the Tufts Pediatric Clinic at the event.

Nika Darabi (D20) reflects: “While this was not my first time attending an event like this, it was my first time seeing such a great turnout despite the persistent rain all day. Due to the rain, the block party was moved inside but as soon as the doors opened, our table was rushed with children. They were so excited to brush the monkey, Dracula, and our stuffed lion’s teeth and to get their free sample of tooth brush and tooth paste. As the kids were practicing their brushing, we did our best to ask how they normally brush and then demonstrate a more effective technique to both them and their parents. Although there were some children who were scared of the toys and did not want to listen, there were many who were so interested that they returned to our table 3 and even 4 times. After the kids practiced brushing, they were given a dog sticker as a prize. For parents, we handed out broachers on how to best brush and floss to help their children achieve good oral hygiene. Overall, this event was truly one of the best events I have ever been to. It was such a great reminder to see how you can make educating kids and their parents on oral hygiene fun and interactive!”

Divya Suresh (D20) reflects: “All the kids ran straight to the booth when they saw all the toothbrushes and animals. They were very eager to show us how they brush and get their stickers and tooth brushes. Because most of the children had immigrant parents, some children and adults did not understand the importance of oral health. After discussing the importance of finding a dental home, proper nutrition, and attending re-care exams, the parents and children were visibly excited. They wanted to learn more about brushing techniques and how they could set up a dental home for their children. It really put a smile on my face when I saw how interested the kids were and how our efforts made a positive impact on their lives.”

Participants: Zach Kishbaugh D20, Katherine Ynsinare D21, Nika Darabi D20, Qian Lin D20, Divya Suresh D20, Leticia Cuellar D19

Smile Squad at Chinatown National Night Out

On August 7th, Smile Squad members volunteered and provided oral hygiene instructions at Chinatown’s National Night Out!

Thais Antunes (D20) reflects: “It was a great way to spend time in our own neighborhood and provide oral hygiene instructions. Dental students Thais Antunes ( D20), Simran Kaur (D20), Katie McKenna (D20), Samantha Parad ( D21), Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Pranali Vyas (D21), Husam Abu-Sneineh (D21), Alyssa Kotin (D21), Henry Hsu (D21), and David Alpert (D21) demonstrated proper brushing techniques using puppets. Flossing techniques were also taught using Legos. Children practiced wrapping the floss around their fingers and removing play-doh which resembled the food that gets stuck between our teeth after eating. The hands-on activity kept them intrigued as we taught them more about the importance of proper oral hygiene. We also asked questions like how often they brush and for how long. It’s a great way to promote good oral hygiene to the children.
This is a popular event that is held every year in Chinatown. It is organized by Tai Tung Village to unite the community. Many booths were present promoting healthcare and activities for the children and families. We even learned a few words in Mandarin to better interact and bridge the communication barrier. Luckily, we had one volunteer Henry Hsu (D21) who taught us several words and was able to communicate with those who didn’t speak English. Overall, this event was a great opportunity to interact with the community around us. We dental students are always busy in classes, lab, rotations, clinic and forget the need for care that exists right outside our doors. We hope to see a difference as we continue to educate our local community about the importance of oral hygiene!”

Sharewood Dental Project

Volunteers Needed! During Sharewood Project dental sessions, students meet with visitors from the local community to conduct oral health/ cancer screenings, demonstrate proper oral hygiene instructions, apply fluoride varnish, and help in referrals for further dental treatment.

WHEN: 8/21, 9/4, 9/18, 10/2, 10/16

The group meets at 5:30 PM by the cafe near the main entrance of the hospital (ABP) and head out together on the Orange Line to the First Church in Malden.

If you are interested in signing up, please sign up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1MKbBmp-msoefR9M-hDV26hvEDFGcJAICo5j8JFobLk0/edit?usp=sharing

Chinatown National Night Out

Chinatown will be celebrating its annual National Night Out on August 7th from 3:00- 6:00 pm.  Smile Squad is looking for volunteers who are interested in helping us provide oral hygiene instructions at this event. Lots of families and children attend every year. Music, food, games, and promotions will go on throughout the event. Don’t miss out!
Please sign up using the link below:
Contact Thais Antunes at tuftsmilessquad@gmail.com for more information.

Volunteers Needed! TeamSmile + Boston Red Sox

Volunteer at an exciting community service event to treat children on Friday August 31st at Fenway Park! Students can help screen and assist dentists who will treat the kids of all ages that come in for prophies, restorative work and extractions.

There are approximately 16 student spots left, if you’re interested in signing up click here!

D20 Spring Cleaning Clothing Drive!

The D20 class is hosting a Spring Cleaning/Summer Move Clothing Drive for the St. Francis House! The donation box is in the 7th floor student lounge. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to donate any extra clothes they may have. The donated clothes will help clothe the local populations that the St. Francis House serves right here in our neighborhood.