On November 4th, 2016 Smile Squad members started off their first weekend of November volunteering at the Medford Sikh Temple with Dr. Neela Gandhi where they provided oral hygiene instructions along with oral cancer screenings. We are very fortunate for being able to participate in this event that the India Medical Association of New England (IMANE) organized. It was a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Indian culture while giving back to the community. Dr. Gandhi lead the Oral Health Awareness and the cancer screening to the local Sikh Community in Medford. Tufts Dental Students, Sangita Murali (D’18), Thais Antunes (D’20), Sandy Lopez (D’20), Ramandeep Kaur (D’20) and Simran Kaur (D’20) assisted Dr. Gandhi at the temple by demonstrating proper oral hygiene techniques, distributing toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss along with teaching the community very important oral hygiene tips.
Tufts hosted its 15th annual Community Day on Sunday September 25, 2017. Smile Squad members were there to provide oral hygiene instructions to the various children and families that participated. Our table was a center of attraction. Most families recognized us from the year before. The children enjoyed interacting with our members and learning more about oral hygiene techniques. It was a rewarding experiencing for Smile Squad as it was a busy event with lots of people eager to use the educational tools we had available. The number of families including the children that didn’t speak English at the event made it apparent that it is important to have volunteers that speak many languages. Thankfully, we had Smile Squad members who spoke Spanish and Portuguese at the event which was a great resource. We hope that next year we will have more members present who are fluent in other languages due to the diversity present in Boston and its surrounding areas.
Sandy Lopez ( D20) reflects on her experience:
Volunteering with Smile Squad at Tufts Community day was wonderful experience to be a part of. The opportunity to be a first-time exposure of oral hygiene to various young children and families was very rewarding. Going forward and reflecting on the experience I hope we can have a poster board or even a pin saying “Ask us to how brush and Floss” in various languages that help us provide everyone at the event with oral health instructions.
For those of you interested, this is an email with all the info you need to become a member of American Association of Women Dentists (AAWD). We accept ALL members! This is not strictly a group just for women. If you are not interested in becoming a member please disregard this email.
AAWD will be tabling in the 7th floor student lounge on Monday 10/16 and Wednesday 10/18. Last day to sign up for dues is 10/18 at 11:59pm. Read this quick review on what membership offers you!
IMPORTANT NOTE: Members AND non-members are still welcome to join our TUSDM Women in Leadership Dinners.
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On October 1st, Korean American Dental Association (KADA) spent their Sunday morning volunteering at a Parish performing oral health screenings and promoting good oral health.
Stephen (Soon Beom) Kwon (D20) reflects: “Volunteering at St. Antoine Daveluy Parish was a meaningful experience for all of us. D18’s and D19’s provided oral health screenings and guidance for patients of all ages: from a kindergartener concerned about gaps in between her teeth to an elderly patient with no health insurance. D20’s and D21’s presented oral hygiene instructions and answered various dental-related questions from people that stopped by the booth. Children were particularly excited to learn, and it was gratifying to see them demonstrate proper brushing techniques back to us. Using plain language in Korean was a challenge that many of us faced; we aim to be better prepared for more clear and effective communication in the future. Overall, the event was a rewarding opportunity that allowed us to develop clinical skills while giving back to our community.”
Want a chance to win a $15 Amazon gift card? Enter the Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest on the bulletin board outside the 7th floor student lounge. Each week, we will post a word or phrase that is used in the practice of dentistry. Your challenge is to rewrite the phrase in plain language so that it is easy for a patient or non-dentist to understand. Write your answers on the front of an index card, put your name and email on the back, and then tack it to the bulletin board. One winner will be chosen by the Health Literacy Intensive at random every week in October!
The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) is preparing for our annual Impressions Day!
Impressions Day 2017 will take place on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:30AM to 4PM.
The Impressions Day Program invites high school and college students from diverse backgrounds to TUSDM to expose them to the field of dentistry. If you know any high school or college students who are considering a career in dentistry or simply want to learn more about the field, feel free to invite them to Impressions Day!
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Please note: SNDA will host a short Volunteer Informational for all volunteers October 31st in the Rachel’s Amphitheater from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.
We encourage any and all to help make this Impressions Day 2017 meaningful for the pre-dental students in any way you can! Should you have any questions, please feel free to email SNDA Diversity Initiatives Officer, Taphaphene Young, Thank you for your time!
This past Saturday, September 23rd, Smile Squad participated at the annual Oak Fair in Chinatown. The children and families were very excited to see us there again. It was great to interact with them despite their language barriers. Most were eager to show us how they brush and floss their teeth regularly while others were a bit shy at first but with the help of their parents as translators we were able to better interact with them. They enjoyed using the different puppets and toothbrushes we had available for demonstrational purposes. The event was a great turn out. Each child had a different skill level when it came to brushing and flossing. It was rewarding to see them eager to practice and improve their habits. They enjoyed getting new toothbrushes, toothpaste, and stickers.
Stephanie Alvarez (D20) and Simran Kaur (D20) reflects….