On June 4th, 2016Smile Squad members had the opportunity to participate and represent Tufts at a local Health & Wellness Fair organized by the United India Association of New England. Oral health awareness was promoted to more than one hundred local families that attended the event. Smile Squad members Simran Kaur (D20), Thais Antunes (D20), Amy Hong (D20), Lindsay Hughes (D20) worked alongside with Sangita Murali (D18), Dr. Gandhi, and Dr. Rungta promoting oral health awareness. Free oral cancer screenings were held throughout the event and families had the opportunity to obtain oral hygiene instructions along with many pamphlets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, that will hopefully inspire them to keep up with their daily oral hygiene.
ATTENTION Dental Student Organization and Community Service Project Leaders!!
Please join us for an informational session next Tuesday, June 27th in Merritt Auditorium at 12 pm to learn more about opportunities for crowdfunding through Tufts.
Crowdfunding at Tufts is a platform to help Tufts community members raise money to bring their ideas to life. Projects on this platform promote innovation and community impact across the university and catalyze transformational projects.
To be eligible, a project must:
Support Tufts programs and initiatives
Have a Tufts department ID into which funds will be distributed
Engage their own personal networks for support
Have project leaders that are willing to create project outreach and marketing materials before, during, and after the campaign
Alpha Omega is participating the annual Tooth Day at Fenway! We have Red Sox tickets for the game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 18th! Before the game starts, we will start the night by promoting oral health and performing oral cancer screenings to baseball fans that would like to participate. Then we can head into the stands to enjoy the game with TUSDM students and faculty! Tickets will be sold in the 7th floor lounge next week (June 26th – 30th) during lunch. Tickets are $34. You can venmo Kelly Ruggieri @kelly-ruggieri, pay via check to Trustees of Tufts College, or cash.
Last month the Student Professionalism and Ethics Association (SPEA) received a generous donation from TUSDM alumnae Dr. Janice Conrad, who sent a check with the award money from winning the Thomas Winkler Distinguished Service Award from the American College of Dentistry.
If you haven’t heard of SPEA (or the ACD), we are an organization focused on encouraging, maintaining, and promoting the further learning of ethical and professional behavior in the dental profession. SPEA is your friendly liaison for ethical queries or when you want policy changes at Tufts.
As you prepare for the upcoming school year, consider reserving the DC bulletin board for a month to promote your group. Don’t miss your chance to express your creativity and have a little fun getting crafty as you highlight the awesome things your group does for the TUSDM community and beyond.
The teeth in our mouths seem so simple and straightforward until they’re in trouble. Then we’re in trouble. Dental health is directly tied to overall health. And try finding a good job when you’re missing teeth or doing a good job when your head’s in pain. And yet, we treat dental care as kind of a luxury.
Lots of insurance doesn’t cover it. A third of Americans can hardly get access to it. And our dentists like doing cosmetics. This hour On Point: the story our teeth tell about wealth, poverty, beauty and American health care. — Tom Ashbrook
Mary Otto, author of the book, “Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America.” Former reporter for the Washington Post, where she covered social issues including healthcare and poverty. Oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. (@mottomatic)