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“The painful truth about teeth” (Article)

“You can work full time but not have the money to fix your teeth”

Dental care is being referred to as a visible reminder of the divide between rich and poor. As the distance between rich and poor grows in the United States, few consequences are so overlooked as the humiliating divide in dental care. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter. As dental/health care providers, it is disturbing and unfortunate that millions of people are resorting to charity clinics and hospital emergency rooms for last minute treatments of their painful and neglected teeth.

Be sure to follow the link and read more in depth of the article highlighting health disparities and dental care!

Bulletin Board Spotlight: ASDA

April showers bring May flowers and American Student Dental Association (ASDA) Advocacy month! Please stop by our bulletin board and engage! Each paper flower and paper leaf has a special task inside – should you choose to accept it. All participants will be entered into a weekly raffle for a Starbucks gift card! Engage on social media or leave a comment in the envelope on the board with your name for a chance to enter the raffle! Good luck!

Cindy Se Park, D20 accepts Commission into the Air Force!

Congratulations to the armed forces newest recruit! D20 Cindy Se Ha Park was commissioned into the Air Force as Second Lieutenant Park last Monday, March 20.  Cindy will be receiving full tuition and a monthly stipend through the F. Edward Hébert Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) in exchange for three years of service as a commissioned medical officer upon graduation. Our very own Dr. Charles Rankin, who formerly served in the Air Force as a general dentist, led the small ceremony in the Alumni lounge in the presence of Cindy’s family and friends.

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Tufts Crowdfunding

Tufts recently launched its own crowdfunding platform for student, faculty, and staff projects ( Like Kickstarter, this tool allows users to create a project, set a goal, and raise funds to reach their goal. Kickstarter and similar platforms take a cut of the money raised, Tufts Crowdfunding does not. The Tufts Crowdfunding team is accepting applications for the first wave of projects now through Feb. 20. If appropriate, please promote the new Tufts Crowdfunding platform to students, faculty, groups, and organizations that raise money for projects from club t-shirts to new crew boats to research funding.

Attached are two GIFs that Tufts University and Tufts Alumni social media channels will be using to promote Tufts Crowdfunding. Below is some sample messaging, but please feel free to create messaging and imagery that makes the most sense to your audience.

  • “JumboIdea” GIF – Have a jumbo idea that needs funding? Submit your Tufts Crowdfunding applications by Feb. 20:
  • “FundJumbo” GIF – Fund a Jumbo! Support Tufts Crowdfunding projects:

Questions: Contact, Digital Content Specialist, Communications and Marketing | Tufts University

Tufts University President, Anthony P. Monaco, responds to immigration ban

Tufts University President Anthony P. Monaco and 47 other American college and university presidents today sent a letter to President Trump urging him to “rectify or rescind the recent executive order closing our country’s borders to immigrants and others from seven majority-Muslim countries and to refugees from throughout the world.” “If left in place,” the letter says, “the order threatens both American higher education and the defining principles of our country.”

The text of the letter follows:

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Snazzy DC duffel bags (:

We have great news! The Dental Central duffel bags (comes with a FREE water bottle) are still available!!

Contact Nancy Marks if you want to grab one. They are $20 each. Bring cash if you can!

Students can vouch for the versatility of these duffel bags! They are perfect for traveling, gym, operative kits, etc.

Amp up your organization with your very own snazzy DC Duffel bag (:

NEW Dental Central TV screen on 7th floor lounge!

We have some exciting news so brace yourselves!

Remember that TV in the 7th floor student lounge that never seemed to be used? Dental Central has taken over! Now you can enjoy a rotating stream of photos, announcements, recaps, research, news, sports, weather, T updates, etc… Even fun YouTube videos so you don’t miss the latest viral cat clip! Just about anything you desire to fill in your fellow classmates with the latest updates. Dental Central has created a fun, tech-savvy way to engage everyone and unite the TUSDM community!

A HUGE shout out to Pouya Namiranian (D19) for his brilliant idea and for setting up the unit!!

To share what you want to see on the big screen, please email details to

Check out what our dental students think about the addition BELOW (:

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