Category Archives: Reflections

D22 Class Represents at Community Servings

“For the second time, members of the D22 class prepared and packaged medically-crafted meals at Community Servings, for patients in the Greater Boston area. With direction from Community Servings’ staff, we put our culinary skills to good use by chopping fruits to make scrumptious peach muffins, among other food-related tasks. Meals created here will be distributed to Bostonian individuals and families in need.” – James Cruz (D22)

P.Y.T. (Protect Your Teeth) Activation

The oral health epidemic has constantly been buried under all the other health concerns and it’s time to do an extreme makeover to this system. National campaigns like Sean Combs, Vote or Die Campaign encapsulated people with an energy that evoked a behavior change. A change that in many ways tapped into all cultural demographics and yielded the election of the first African-American President, oral health is in need of a “first” situation as well and Protect Your Teeth campaign is this opportunity. The Protect Your Teeth activation was sponsored by qii (pronounced chee), an oral health drink company that is based out of Toronto, Canada.

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AAPD Volunteers at Chinatown August Moon Festival

Last Sunday, AAPD volunteers provided oral health care information to kids through brushing tutorials and games at the August Moon Festival right here in Chinatown! It was an awesome day teaching and giving out toothbrushes with volunteers Dallas Huff, Sameha Abdulbaki, Yan Lin, Amanda Carlos, David Martin, Lara Adamilka, Maggie Wu, Lauren Lubowitz, and Adi Smith.

Yan Lin (D23) reflects “I am hopeful that our initiative in making teeth brushing a fun and exciting activity for kids at an early age will further encourage them to build a healthy oral hygiene habit that they will carry with them for a very long time!” and Dallas Huff (D23) adds “I really enjoyed interacting with our local community and helping children learn a little bit more about their oral hygiene!”

Smile Squad “Rise(s) Up”

Smile Squad had an awesome day on Saturday volunteering for the Rise Up event at the Reggie Lewis Center. Volunteers Lauren Lubowitz (D21), John Sobhani (D22), Monica Dupim (IS21) and Setareh Sepasi (D23) were able to provide oral hygiene instruction and hand out toothbrushes to over 500 children.

Lauren Lubowitz (D21) reflects: “Being at an event with so many children and families made it easy for our impact to be felt. Children left with new, age appropriate toothbrushes ready for a new school year!”

Alpha Omega Tooth Day

On July 16, 2019 Tufts AO hosted their Annual Tooth Day at Fenway Park. This year TUSDM partnered with UNE dental students to provide baseball fans with oral hygiene instructions and handed out toothbrushes, toothpaste, xylitol gum, and xylitol lollipops to fans entering the stadium. With the help from local Boston dentist and AO alumna Dr. Heidi Aaronson, we screened fans for oral cancer using a Velscope, a handheld scope that uses natural tissue fluorescence to detect abnormalities that may not be apparent to the naked eye. Special thank you to the TUSDM faculty Dr. Trombly, Dr. Harold, and Dr. Lerman who came out and supported this awesome event! We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Tooth Day.

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Career Day at Early Learning Center Malden

On May 23, 2019 students and faculty volunteered at Early Learning Center in Malden for Career Day. Approximately 140-150 students aged 3-5 years old came by the table with their teachers. Each student and teacher received a goodie bag filled a toothpaste, a toothbrush and a sticker. Educational reading materials and brochures were given to teachers to distribute in each student’s cubby.

Connie Lau reflects: “It was very rewarding for me to see teachers and students raising their hand to ask questions regarding dentistry, and if our pediatric department would see children with special needs. I would like to shout out to Dr. Forero for her support and guidance to make this event fun for the kids, and Dr. Sprott, pediatric resident, for volunteer her time talking to the kids and the teachers about what pediatric dentist do.”

Dental Care at Fenway Park: Tufts Faculty and Staff Volunteer With Team Smile !

Team Smile is a charitable foundation started in the Mid Western States in the early 2000s. The premise is to put together sports teams, dentists, hygienists and dental student professionals together to help treat needy children’s oral health needs. Who doesn’t love sports and team spirit?! This is the second time that Team Smile has come back to Boston. Last August 2018 was the “ inaugural” event at Fenway Park to great success. Tufts Dental was asked first by Colgate Palmolive to fill the student spots. =

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Jeopardy at Jamaica Plains Health Fair

Sameha (D21) and Abrar Ahmed (D21) both volunteered at the Jamaica Plain’s Health Fair.

Abrar Ahmed reflects: “We set up interactive and fun jeopardy games for students and their parents to answer small questions and learn about oral health. As a reward, everyone got to take home a toothbrush and toothpaste for their participation. Most of the students sincerely loved learning about the fun facts that they kept coming back for more, some even wanting to go through all the board questions because they thought it was cool. Other vendors nearby also participated and joined in on the jeopardy game. All in all, it was a very rewarding experience knowing we were able to create a small platform to discuss oral health with all these students in an enjoyable and relaxing environment! “

Academy of Sports Dentistry gets involved in Inclusive Community Sports Day

ASD members, Jason Cummins (D22), Ajmal Khalid, Kristina Caravelli (D21) and Kristiana Person volunteered by teaching OHI and playing games at the first ever Inclusive Community Sports Day put on by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. There was free activities for all ages and abilities. Sports stations for soccer and track & field, fitness activities, yoga, wellness booths, nutrition tips, healthy foods from the Fresh Truck. The goal of the event was to come together as a community to celebrate inclusion and wellness while providing information about the work done by Special Olympics Massachusetts and Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. 

Smile Squad Visits the Boston Public School

On February 26th three volunteers from Smile Squad visited the Boston Public School and gave oral hygiene instructions to kids ages 3-7 years.

Sara Alterman (D20) reflects on her experience volunteering; “We gave a live demo on proper brushing and flossing techniques using a puppet and then let the kids try it out for themselves. They loved the chance to be hands on with the puppet and it was a great way to give them feedback on their brushing techniques. At the end of the day we gave the children their own toothbrush and toothpaste to take home with them so they can keep up the good habits we taught them. The children and I both had a lot of fun and I would definitely volunteer with Smile Squad again in the future!”