Category Archives: Reflections

AADMD at Special Olympics Special Smiles MA

On June 10, 2017, members of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) participated in Special Olympics Special Smiles MA. Almost 40 representatives from TUSDM provided the amazing athletes with oral screenings and OHI, mouth guards, and fluoride varnish. Athletes visited the Special Smiles stations in the hockey arena and enjoyed food and games outdoors in between their sporting events.

Gabrielle Lieberman (D19) shares her experience:

“I had the opportunity to volunteer at the Special Olympics: Special Smiles through AADMD. It was an enriching experience. Alongside other dental students, I was involved with oral health screenings and recording any findings. It was an exciting and enjoyable day and it was such a privilege to work with the athletes. The look on the kids’ faces when they would explain to you either the sport they competed in or when showing off their medals they won was pure joy. Working and interacting with athletes with special needs was good practice in building interpersonal skills. The team effort amongst the dental students in working with the special needs population built a network that we can continue to develop throughout our careers.”

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Mass Mental Health Center reflection by Arietta Rigopoulos (D19)

On May 31, 2017, an oral health screening was held at Mass Mental Health Center. They provide comprehensive services to Department of Mental Health (DMH) eligible adults and adolescents such as, psychiatry service, dialectical behavioral therapy program, etc. Toothbrushes, toothpastes, and brochures were handed out to advocate good oral health.

Arietta Rigopoulos (D19) reflects,
“I, along with 4 of my classmates, Soteji Adeuti (D19), Lillian Lwanga (D19), Meghan Kelley (D19) and Iana Elledge (D19),
volunteered at the Mass Mental Health Fair on May 31. At this event we took turns sitting at our booth and answering questions about dental concerns for those that came by.  We recommended they get an oral health screening which consisted of an oral cancer screening, dental findings and our recommendations.  Several people came by the booth and were very excited to get a screening.  It seemed as if every person that came by our booth truly cared about their dental health and wanted to improve or maintain it.  By the end of the day we convinced a few people that were “embarrassed” to get a dental screening to not only get one but potentially become our future patients.  This was a great experience working with a different population of patients that we may encounter in clinic and especially now that we are entering clinic it was great exposure to put our skills to the test. We not only practiced our practical skills but our communication skills with a minority group, those with mental illnesses, and this continuous practice will only make us better clinicians in the long run!”

Event Recap: AAWD Teams Up with Ursuline Academy to Promote Oral Health at the Women’s Lunch Place

On May 23rd, members from the American Association of Women Dentists at Tufts teamed up with high school students from Ursuline Academy and Maureen Favorito of Smart Smiles to promote oral health at the Women’s Lunch Place.

Annabelle, Lobna & Brooke’s Ursuline Academy Project

When we asked high school seniors Annabelle Garrity, Lobna Yussef, and Brooke Mercuri about their capstone project they told us: “Our school encourages students to do 110 hours of community service before we graduate. My classmates and I decided to set up health days for the Women’s Lunch Place. We brought in audiologists, optometrists and dentists for the women to see. The volunteers we brought in did screenings and checked for future possible complications. We had a great time getting to know and work with a great group of women and are grateful for this opportunity.”

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Higginson School Health Fair reflection by Elaine Conroy, RDH

Latashia Harris (DA) and I had a table representing Tufts at the Higginson School Health Fair on Tuesday evening, May 23. Other health related organizations such as WIC and Dimock Community Health Center were present. We used the puppets for tooth brushing instruction, played the healthy foods game and gave out toothbrushes, toothpaste and TUSDM pamphlets. We always get amazed looks from the health fair visitors when they see the “Re-think Your Drink” poster, and the kids love to brush the puppets teeth with the giant toothbrush. We were prepared to see more participants this year, but far fewer attended than in the past. The fair is held in the schoolyard, so the cooler weather may have kept some home. Community Hygiene goes to the Higginson during the school year to provide preventive care, so we also try to promote that program to the parents, as all are not aware of this opportunity.

Elaine Conroy, RDH-

Mattahunt Middle School Health fair | Maureen Favorito, RDH

Maureen Favorito, RDH is a public health dental hygienist with Smart Smiles. She participated in Mildered Ave Middle School Health Fair located in Mattapan, MA. She educated middle school students how to improve their oral health with various games, activities, and goodies!

“I was part of the Mattahunt Middle School Health Fair on Wednesday, April 26, 2017. All students in grades 6,7, and 8 attended the Health Fair. My assistant Vanessa helped me. We played Dental Jeopardy and Discussed Dental Careers. The 6th and 7th graders were very interested, but the 8th graders did not seem as interested. I think the students all learned some new dental information about, especially how often to brush and floss and which foods are not healthy for your teeth.”

Andy Collins (D18) reflection on AAPD Events!

American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has organized diverse volunteering events and opportunities over the weeks. Brian (Andy) Collins (D18) reflects on TWO events he had attended; Girl Scouts of Malden on April 27th and YMCA Health Kids Day on April 29th. Along with a group of other TUSDM students, they used tools to elicit a fun, engaging way to teach the importance pf oral care to children.

Girl Scouts of Malden (April 27): “Five TUSDM students (Keira Ginsberg D’19, Dan Allen D’19, Ervin Pejo D’20, Vendita Correia D’20, and Andy Collins D’18) volunteered at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day, hosting a booth for the dental school. We talked to kids and parents about good oral hygiene and how to prevent cavities, and had dental-themed games and trivia.”
YMCA Health Kids Day (April 29): “We taught a group of 7-9 year old Girl Scouts about teeth, cavities, dentistry, oral hygiene, and dental emergencies, and we worked through the requirements so the girls could earn their Dental Health patch. The volunteers were myself (Andy Collins, D’18), and Rayna Silva, D’20.”

AAPD Boston Arts Academy Health Fair | Reflection by Oliver Giron (D18)

On April 26th,  2017, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) participated in the Boston Arts Academy Health Fair. Oliver Giron (D18) spent his day promoting good oral health and hygiene and he reflects, “The Boston Arts Academy health fair was an excellent event to reach out to a pediatric demographic that AAPD does not focus as much on. Typically, AAPD does outreach to a younger age group from preschool to middle school, but this event allowed the club to connect with enthusiastic and impressionable youth who are on the cusp of early adulthood. I was able to teach both students and parents about proper oral hygiene techniques and surprised them about the nutritional contents of their beverages. I also learned of the need for constant presence in the community, since a lot of other organizations approached the table in hopes of future collaborative efforts. It was a pleasant experience and definitely one to which AAPD should return. “