On July 5th, Alpha Omega hosted our annual Tooth day at Fenway, where several of our members and faculty mentors went to the Red Sox game to promote oral health awareness to fans. Tooth day was a unique experience giving us the opportunity to engage with the community in an effort to raise awareness for oral health and the importance of routine screenings for Oral cancer. As a group, we were all responsible for interacting directly with the fans in a conversation about their dental health comprehension and pertinent routine practices for their children. We brought toothbrushes, toothpastes, boil and bite mouth guards as well as information packets for pediatric home dental care and smoking and tobacco cessation. Giving away free tooth paste and toothbrushes was a means of starting the conversation with Red Sox fans in an engaging and conversational manner. Afterwards we were all thrilled to be honored on the field in a pre-game ceremony for our efforts and enjoyed a great Red Sox win! We look forward to returning and invite all to join us next year.
Written by: Jordan Siegel (D18)
On August 24th, 2016, Smile Squad was invited to celebrate the 11th Annual Back to School Jam in Brookline, MA. Andrew Lum (D18), Kevin Campbell (D18), Soteji Gandonu-Adeuti (D19), and Gabrielle Lieberman (D19) promoted oral health education to the members of the community. To cater to the community, Smile Squad members brought appropriate age toothbrushes and toothpastes to give out to the kids. State Representative Jeffrey Sanchez along with MCPHS University, Northeastern University, and Tufts University hosts this event over the course of three days in Jamaica Plain, Brookline, and Mission Hill to kick off the new school year. The event included food, live music and raffles for the children. Over 50 kids danced, played games and ran around collecting all the free-giveaways from the wide-variety of booths available to them; all while learning about the importance of oral hygiene, nutrition and received health screenings. It’s supposed to be a fun-filled event to provide them with a backpack filled with school supplies and positive experiences that help the kids get excited to go back to school.
Written by: Gabrielle Lieberman (D19)
In July, members from the D19 class volunteered at the Urban Edge Health Fair. Urban Edge is a local community development corporation who owns over 1,200 units of affordable housing for low income families throughout Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain. Our volunteers promoted dental health at the fair and had a blast with the communities in attendance through our giant dental jeopardy game. We let the children brush the teeth of our stuffed animal and game them pointers on how to brush well and helping them see what surfaces of the teeth they may be missing when they brush. We gave out oral health supplies to the attendees after making them work a little in the jeopardy game. We had such a blast there and are so excited to represent our Class and Tufts dental at their future health fairs! We learned how to get people excited and involved in learning about oral health through our jeopardy game. The community was so appreciative of our attendance at the health fair and one little girl even came running after us on our way out asking us to stay longer and come back the next day. It is always so fulfilling knowing we can make an impact in other communities both through oral health promotion and through companionship.
Written by: Abigail Manzella (D19)
Smile Squad needs 3-4 volunteers for a public school event in Brookline on August 24th (1-4pm). We will be teaching groups of young students (K-8th grade) about visiting the dentist, cavities/diet, and proper oral hygiene. If you are able to attend, please sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/1OtyAdnDZSn5lR1O2
On August 20, Tufts Student National Dental Association (SNDA) was able to sort through over 100+ baby items and stock the shelves for families living in poverty. We plan on future collaboration with Room To Grow (Nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of babies born into poverty throughout their critical first three years of development) in supplying them with toothpaste and other needed baby hygiene supplies. We would like to find a way to get them the toothpaste they need via donation or a drive.
Room to Grow received a copy of “Everyone Smiles” to add to their book collection. As Patricia (Room To Grow Community Director) stated at the event: “–stats show that by the age of 3, children born into low-income families have heard roughly 30 million fewer words than their more affluent peers.”
Overall, it was great to help out today with classmates!
Written by: Gary Kersey (D20)
On August 2, 2016, Smile Squad volunteered at the National Night Out at Tai Tung Village Courtyard. Ashley Wallace (D17), Andrew Lum (D18), Kevin Campbell (D18), Natty Reimers (D18), Lillian Pham (D19), Samuel Song (D19), and Gabrielle Lieberman (D19) provided oral health education to the local Chinatown community members. Through the use of Dental Puppets and Legos, the dental students were able to demonstrate proper brushing techniques and the importance of flossing. It also gave the children and their family members an opportunity to experience a fun, hands-on activity, which in turn helped facilitate and broaden their understanding. After properly demonstrating what they learned, each child left with a toothbrush, toothpaste, and even stickers!
The event, which was held across from Tufts Hospital, was organized by Tai Tung Village to enhance the overall sense of community and bring people together. Over 150 attendees stopped by different booths to learn about oral healthcare, diabetes, exercise, and community events. Although there was a language barrier which made communication difficult, we managed to utilize translation apps on our phones to convey simple dental knowledge such as: brushing for 2-3 minutes, and flossing everyday. Since many students commute from home outside of Chinatown, one can mistakenly look past the individuals in our own backyard who are in need of care. This made the event even more rewarding since we were able to connect and have a close interaction with the local community.
Written by: Gabrielle Lieberman (D19) and Andrew Lum (D18)
We’re looking for volunteers to help with the student-run Sharewood Dental Clinic on Tuesday, August 2nd.
During these sessions, students meet with visitors from the local community to conduct oral health/ cancer screenings, demonstrate proper oral hygiene instructions, and help in referring out for further dental treatment. We will meet at 5:30 PM by the cafe near the main entrance of the hospital (ABP) and head out together on the Orange Line to St. Paul’s Parish in Malden.
Bring Loupes and clinic appropriate attire (scrubs or business casual).
Students from all years are welcome to volunteer!
If you’re interested in joining us, please sign up HERE.
These are the details:
Date of the health fair: July 14, 2016
Location: 21 Sonoma St Dorchester MA 02121
Health Fair hours: 5:30-7:00 pm
Estimated number of attendees: 75-100/ Outdoors
You are welcome to come from one hour or for the two hours.
Please contact Abby ASAP to offer your assistance: Abigail.Manzella@tufts.edu
Tufts AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) participated in Healthy Family Fun Night at Josiah Quincy School. Oli Giron (D18), AAPD Community Outreach Director, tells us more about his experience at the fair and what he learned about oral health promotion!
“This year was the first time that AAPD members volunteered at Family Fun Event at Josiah Quincy. I learned that it is much better to do outreach events at health fairs like this, which have an overall positive environment with music and physical activities and games. It really ingrains in the children a positive association between maintaining healthy habits and having fun while doing it. Continue reading AAPD at Healthy Family Fun Night at Josiah Quincy School