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Healthy Teeth/Healthy Body Project

Healthy Teeth/Health Body Initiative off to a great start!

During the past two Friday afternoons, TUSDM students have been involved with a pilot program teaching elementary kids about tooth decay and good nutrition from the Red Oaks After School program, located in the Josiah Quincy School in Chinatown. Working with project advisors, Nancy Marks and Kathryn Dolan, the students designed and executed lesson plans that included games and activities geared towards these topics.
On Friday 4/10, Anjalee Shah (D16) and Olga Raptis (D16), along with Dental Central Rep for the project, Will Chao (D16), visited the kids to teach them about tooth decay and good oral health. The session began with Olga enthusiastically reading a book about tooth decay and visiting the dentist while Anjalee and Will helped engage the kids. Afterwards, they played a game of “Pin The Bacteria On The Tooth” which involved spinning the kids in circles and having them place magnets of bacteria onto a magnetic tooth board. The kids loved the game! For the last activity, the kids showed off their creativity with an arts and crafts project where they made their own mouths– with 10 teeth on the bottom and 10 on the top– by gluing on colored pieces of paper onto a paper plate.
The following week, Anjalee and Will returned to Josiah Quincy to teach the same students about maintaining healthy teeth and a healthy body. Anjalee read a book to the classroom while Will acted out the story with puppets. The kids then got to play a fun game where they picked a snack from a bin and placed it into another bin across the room while acting out how they thought it would make them feel if they ate it. There were kids running, skipping, and slumping around! In the end, the kids got to do another arts and crafts session where they drew in healthy food items into a body outlined on paper.
This upcoming Friday, we will return to the school to have the children make posters of what they learned. It should be a great way to reinforce some of the main themes that were emphasized during the prior visits. In the future, members of the AAPHD, Smile Squad and AAPD will be going into other afterschool classrooms  after evaluating this pilot run.
Pics from the events are attached. If you want to find out more about the project, please contact: Amy Albright, Khusbu Patel, Olga Raptis or Anjalee Shah.

Aekta Patel (D18) Reflects on ASDA’s Smile, Share and Care Program

 Volunteers for Tufts ASDA's Smile, Share, and Care program make weekly trips to the Chinatown YMCA to educate preschool-age kids on the importance of oral hygiene. Volunteers often read books, ask questions, and color with the children while highlighting correct toothbrushing and flossing techniques. The Smile, Share, and Care program's mission stems from the importance of starting children early in their lives with proper dental hygiene and oral care.

The ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Volunteering opportunity was a great way to promote dental health to a young group. I went to the YMCA with a few other dental students, where we read a book to two classrooms of preschool children. Then, we asked the children a few questions, such as 'How many teeth do children have?' Their answers varied from 1 to 50, but eventually they figured out the correct answer. Whoever got the answer got a chance to brush Flossy the Flossasaurus’ teeth, and we taught them to brush in a circular motion and clean the tongue. I volunteered twice, so I got to see how much information the children had retained from before. When we asked how many teeth children have, the children came up with the right answer right away! My favorite part about the experience was when a girl cried and hugged Jimmy Assad (one of the other volunteers) when we were about to leave."

Volunteer today! Mission Hill Health Fair, Saturday April 18th

9500c02f995541a9a1408b54d55d703aEach year TUSDM students join the Mission Hill Fair to provide dental education
for this under-served community. We are looking for 4 students to host our table from for approximately 11-3 (split shifts are fine!). And this year, students will have a range of new activities and games to use, thanks to the TUSDM creative team! To sign up, email Nancy at nancy.marks@tufts.edu.

Great Volunteer Opp for a group of Students!

impressMembers of the Weston Emergency Reserve Corps have reached out to TUSDM in need of dental students! They are looking for a student organization or severel students to help take impressions for their Childhood Identification Program (CHIPS). The event will take place May 2nd, 2015 in Weston, MA. It would be great if a TUSDM student group could coordinate these efforts! If interested, please contact Nancy Marks at Nancy.Marks@tufts.edu.

 

Event Spotlight: 6th Annual ASDA District 1 Debate

Christopher Paolino (D16) and Jordan Shapiro (D17) represented Tufts at this years' District 1 Debate.  With a crowd of over 400 people, our Tufts debaters gave a strong effort debating against the University of New England.  The event was a huge success with strong support from Tufts students, faculty and Deans.

 

ASDA Yankee Dental Student Guide

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In order to make the most out of the Yankee Dental Student Day, Tufts ASDA has put together a guide.
 
Please note that some courses might show a registration cost, but they are in fact free for students. 
 
Student badges will be placed in mailboxes this Tuesday afternoon. 
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to your ASDA Class Representatives: Neil Patel (D15), Mandy Alamwala (D16), Cristina Kendall (D17), Agatha Kao (D18).

 

Yankee Dental Student Guide

 
 
 

Thank You: HDA Donates to Rosie’s Place

photoThe HDA delivered four bags full of warm clothes and toiletries to Rosie's place, thanks to donations from TUSDM members!

Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women's shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Today, Rosie's Place not only provides meal and shelter but also creates answers for 12,000 women a year through wide-ranging support, housing, and education services.

Event Spotlight: HDA at the St. Patrick Church Health Fair

The Student Hispanic Dental Association, in collaboration with the Massachussets Hispanic Dental Association, participated at the St. Patrick Church Health Fair on Sunday, Decemeber 7. The organization provided screenings for 42 patients, as well as oral hygiene instruction!  Check out the gallery.

Event Spotlight: GLBTA Volunteers at the Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner

Members of the Tufts Dental GLBTA volunteered at the Boston Living Center's 2014 Celebration of Life Thanksgiving Dinner on November 25, 2014.  The Victory Programs’ Boston Living Center (BLC) is a nonprofit community and resource center that fosters the wellness of all HIV positive people and responds to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community through education, treatment information and support services. 

Tufts GLBTA Pictured from left to right: Mitzi Liu (D15), Matthew Manzi (D16), Mark Gonthier (Executive Associate Dean), Bridget Mackey (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor), and Amit Sachdeo (Tufts Dental GLBTA Co-Advisor).

Event Spotlight: SAMDA Dental Screenings

Dental students with the South Asian Medical and Dental Association successfully screened over 50 community members at a local temple (Sikh Gurdwara)!   The students performed oral cancer screenings, gave oral hygiene instructions and provided essential blood pressure monitoring for local members of the community. This is one of many screenings SAMDA will be doing throughout the school year.  Keep an eye out for future screenings as SAMDA is always looking for volunteers!

Mandy Alamwala (D16), Yogesh Gera (D16) and Khusbu Patel (D16) were joined by SAMDA faculty advisor Dr. Harish Gulati.