Smile, Share and Care is an American Student Dental Organization (ASDA) Tufts Chapter initiative dedicated to connecting future dentists with our community here in Chinatown. Every Monday, six students go to the local Wang YMCA to read oral health related books to the children. With the help of stuffed animals and games, Tufts future dentists show them that dental hygiene is fun and it starts now!
ASDA will be going to the New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) for community outreach. The NECHV is an organization that is dedicated to ending homelessness among veterans. The center has apartments and dormitories for veterans to reside in overnight and they also prepare and serve meals.
We will be helping with the weekend dinner service. At the conclusion of service, all volunteers are welcome to grab a meal and sit down with the veterans to converse.
Sign up here!
If you sign up and are unable to attend, please find someone to take your place and have them notify Shayla Walker.
Boston Special Olympics Special Smiles 2016 is right around the corner, and AADMD (American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) is excited to be taking part! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get out in the community and do some great work for the Special Olympics athletes. There are a variety of roles that may be assigned, such as registration, molding mouth guards, and performing dental screenings. Special Smiles will be on June 4 from 9am-3pm at Harvard University. Once we have a group together, transportation will be coordinated as needed. Please read on for more details and sign up by May 24 @ 5pm to volunteer!
Charles River Dental, a private dental office located near Charles/MGH, is hosting their 3rd Annual Dentistry From the Heart event on Friday, May 20th, 2016. They will provide free cleanings, extractions and restorative services for as many patients as possible from 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM. During their last event, free dental care was provided to over 70 adults in need.
Charles River Dental is seeking TUSDM student volunteers to help provide these services throughout the day. Volunteers may be assisting, helping with sterilization, triage, or anything else to help them run smoothly! We would like our volunteers to come in for the full day from 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM or come in shifts (7:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM). We are looking for 10 volunteers. Volunteers may wear scrubs or business casual. The office is located within walking distance of the Red Line or Orange Line, and is about 15 minutes if commuting from TUSDM.
D19 Community Service is at it again! On 03/02/16, seven D19 students attended the Wednesday Supper Club at the Paulist Center in Boston. This dinner is hosted by the Paulist Center every Wednesday night and serves close to 150 homeless people. In addition to dinner service tasks including set-up, food distribution, and drink distribution, the D19s also brought along the Oral Health Jeopardy game and oral hygiene prizes.
Dan Allen (D19) reflects on his experience and the renewed sense of gratitude it provided for the blessings in our lives: Continue reading D19 Community Service: Paulist Center Wednesday Night Supper Club
Every Monday for one hour, volunteers read books to children and teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques. The program is designed to educate preschool-age children on the importance of developing proper oral hygiene habits.
Gopi Surti (D18), Director of ASDA Smile, Share and Care, reflects on her experiences: Continue reading Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program
The D19 Community Service committees have been hard at work developing several different oral health outreach programs designed for different communities! On 04/08/16, the Geriatrics Committee visited the Center Communities of Brookline. D19s Kareema Roushdy, Tabitha Lewis, and Soteji Adeuti educated the residents on oral health through an interactive Jeopardy game, active dialogue on oral health preventive methods, proper toothbrushing demonstration, and gifts like toothpaste, toothbrushes, brochures, and other hygienic aids designed for the geriatric community. The goal was for the seniors to take away something new from this event, and from the feedback that the D19s received afterward, it seems that residents learned a lot of information that afternoon!
See what volunteers Kareema and Tabitha had to say about their experiences: Continue reading D19 Community Service: Center Communities of Brookline Senior Outreach
Risha De Leon (D16) has been spending time with the children and families at ABCD Chinese Church Head Start. This community program provides comprehensive services to families and children aged 3-5 years, such as education, family services, and health screenings. During her most recent visit on 04/04/16, Risha educated parents on basic oral health education, including topics like the importance of preventive measures, dental emergencies, and dental treatment. She also distributed many adult toothbrushes and toothpastes to the families. Through her commitment to ABCD Chinese Church Head Start, Risha is discovering the key to a successful community oral health program:
“I learned that a successful community program is based on a good relationship with your community partner. You have to listen to them and have the same goals and prospective outcome.”
If you are a Mandarin or Cantonese speaking student interested in participating in an oral health education program with ABCD Chinese Church Head Start, please contact Risha De Leon!
On March 26, 2016, members of Smile Squad participated in the Healthy Kids Festival at Boston Children’s Museum. Smile Squad’s table displayed a fun informational poster, and members gave oral hygiene instructions to the children and families with the Smile Squads “puppets” and various other activities, including a flossing activity. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were passed out to every child attendee. Check out the gallery above to see Smile Squad’s great work and fun with the kids!
If you are interested in participating in Smile Squad activities, please e-mail Smile Squad President Olga Raptis to be added on the listserv.