Category Archives: Student Organization Spotlight

Volunteer Opportunity: AADMD at Boston Special Olympics Special Smiles

Special SmilesBoston Special Olympics Special Smiles 2016 is right around the corner, and AADMD (American Association of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry) is excited to be taking part! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to get out in the community and do some great work for the Special Olympics athletes. There are a variety of roles that may be assigned, such as registration, molding mouth guards, and performing dental screenings. Special Smiles will be on June 4 from 9am-3pm at Harvard University. Once we have a group together, transportation will be coordinated as needed. Please read on for more details and sign up by May 24 @ 5pm to volunteer!

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AAPD Participates in Healthy Kids Day at Wang YMCA

On Saturday, April 30th the Wang YMCA hosted Healthy Kids Day as a citywide event throughout Boston. American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) members Rhea Reen (IS17), Ritu Kular (IS17), Alisha Anand (D18), Andy Collins (D18), Tuvy Phan (D18), Oliver Giron (D18), and Tabitha Lewis (D19) joined a number of other vendors to promote health awareness and healthy lifestyle maintenance for children. At the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine booth, the club members provided toothbrushes, Tom’s toothpaste, and OHI using the dental Jeopardy game and the ever trustworthy puppet to show brushing techniques.

As soon as the event started, the Tufts students realized that they were in for more than they expected. Zumba classes began promptly at 10 AM, with some of the AAPD members joining the children and parents in the exercise and fun. The rest of the event was followed with martial arts performances, cultural and hip hop dances, and a magic show. Continue reading AAPD Participates in Healthy Kids Day at Wang YMCA

AADMD Hosts Dr. Steve Perlman, founder of Special Olympics Special Smiles

On Thursday evening, April 28th, the Tufts’ American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) student club hosted a presentation on “Treating Patients with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.” Dr. Steve Perlman presented to approximately 60 Tufts students and faculty. Dr. Perlman has been treating patients with both physical and intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an oral health initiative for the athletes participating in the Special Olympics International. It now has over 215 events per year taking place in every state in the US along with 80 other countries.

DC Bulletin Board Spotlight: Class of 2018

IMG_8018The D18s are brightening up the Dental Central Bulletin Board for the month of May! Check out their board on the 7th floor outside of Merritt Auditorium to see what they have been up to and share your ideas with them.

Interested in promoting your student organization on the DC bulletin board? Contact Nancy Marks for availability!

Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

Every Monday for one hour, volunteers read books to children and teach them proper brushing and flossing techniques. The program is designed to educate preschool-age children on the importance of developing proper oral hygiene habits. 

Gopi Surti (D18), Director of ASDA Smile, Share and Care, reflects on her experiences: Continue reading Gopi Surti (D18) Reflects on ASDA Smile, Share, and Care Program

Event Spotlight: Healthy Kids Festival at the Boston Children’s Museum

On March 26, 2016, members of Smile Squad participated in the Healthy Kids Festival at Boston Children’s Museum. Smile Squad’s table displayed a fun informational poster, and members gave oral hygiene instructions to the children and families with the Smile Squads “puppets” and various other activities, including a flossing activity. Toothbrushes and toothpaste were passed out to every child attendee. Check out the gallery above to see Smile Squad’s great work and fun with the kids!

If you are interested in participating in Smile Squad activities, please e-mail Smile Squad President Olga Raptis to be added on the listserv.

DC BULLETIN BOARD SPOTLIGHT: AAPHD

image1Check out what the American Association of Public Health Dentistry has to share on the Dental Central Bulletin Board on the 7th floor outside of Merritt Auditorium for the month of April!

Interested in promoting your student organization on the DC bulletin board? Contact Nancy Marks for availability!