Category Archives: Community Service Activities

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.

Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Volunteering

On June 8th, Tufts students volunteered for the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program by hosting a toothbrush workshop and the St. Francis House.

Evan Gallegos (D21) reflects: “Many of the SF community members were extremely interested in learning how to properly brush their teeth and use the products that were supplied to them. The community already had a good understanding of how their oral health influences their daily lives, but were still shocked to learn even more about how their oral health can impact their overall health. We also discussed their diet’s influence on their oral health. Many of the community members realized how much sugar is actually in the soft drinks they consumed; which most were unaware of the concentration prior to the workshop. They became more conscious of what they eat and how it impacts both their oral health and overall health. “

AAPHD Volunteers at Irish Immigrant Center

On April 26th, AAPHD volunteered at the Irish Immigrant Center Oral Health Initiative. Meera Ram (D19) and Keira Ginsberg (D19) conducted a Oral Health Promotions seminar at the Irish Immigrant Center (IIC) in Boston, MA. The IIC provides ESL classes as well as other services to refugees and newly immigrated individuals to the Greater Boston area.

During one the the intermediate ESL classes, Meera and Keira gave a presentation regarding oral health care, where to access care, and how dentistry works in the United States. In addition, they answered questions that the students had ranging from “How to implants work?” to “Does a night guard really help?”. Overall, the ESL and Tufts students benefited greatly by gaining knowledge about oral health and the immigrant population, respectively.

D21s Volunteer at Health and Wellness Fair

On May 31st, a group of D21s (Tiara Felder, Shelby Jackson, Chardai Lyde, Anthony Nutter) volunteered at  UP Academy Dorchester Health and Wellness Fair. UP Academy Charter School  is a tuition-free, college preparatory elementary and middle school in Dorchester, MA.

Anthony Nutter (D21) reflects: “I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun at a community service event before. Having been invited by teachers at the school, we made the trip over to Dorchester for this wellness fair and it was amazing to see how enthusiastic the children were to learn about oral health. In addition to our dental jeopardy presentation, there was Zumba dancing, athletic fitness events, diet and nutrition presentations, and much more. Children were continuously coming up to our table and interacting with us, and their excitement for learning about oral health made for an incredible experience all around. This sort of health and wellness event is a fantastic way to generate enthusiasm for maintaining good oral health habits among school children and I would love to get involved with this sort of outreach again! “

WCVB News Coverage on Boston Marathon Ruck March!

Check out the television news coverage of D20s Brent Mullen and Keith Nguyen’s efforts surrounding the Boston Marathon Ruck!

Click on the link below to watch:

http://www.wcvb.com/article/5-for-good-tufts-university-dental-students-on-mission-to-help-local-veterans/20710047

D21s Tiara Felder and Le Truoung Volunteer with Smart Smiles!

On May 17th, D21s Tiara Felder and Le Truong  volunteered at Tufts Smart Smiles, a program promoting oral health care for children at the Josiah Quincy School in Boston.

 Tiara Felder reflects: “I could never have anticipated the excitement and eagerness that the children of Josiah Quincy Elementary School had with their interests with oral health. Every little one ran up to the Tufts Smart Smiles booth ready to play the oral health trivia game.  It amazed me how many facts they already knew. It was even more impressive that they were willing to learn new things about their oral health.  It truly warmed my heart when the children came up multiple times to challenge themselves with the questions.  These moments made me realize how important it is to impact children early.  The things that they learn early will stick with them forever if they learn in fun and innovative ways! I definitely look forward to seeing their smiling faces again!”