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ASDA Impressions Newsletter Released!

Impressions | Fall 2018 Issue

TUSDM chapter of ASDA did a phenomenal job with their  latest newsletter, Impressions | Fall 2018Check it out to keep updated with the latest in national and local ASDA news, faculty spotlights, and other TUSDM happenings! This issue celebrates the 150th anniversary of TUSDM, shows where the D18s are today, and exhibits the bright  minds of our Tufts dental community with a vibrant, new layout design!

Do you have a knack for writing? Do you have an issue that you are particularly passionate about and would like to share with the school? If you are interested in writing for future editions of Impressions, or getting involved with any other aspect of it, please contact David Somoza-Valle at



Zambia Outreach Debrief 10/2!

Come to Rachel’s Amphitheater on October 2nd at 12PM for a debrief on the global service learning trip to Zambia! Lunch will be provided.

RSVP here:

67th AAID Conference – Congrats Yusuf, Shawn, and Nari!

This past weekend, three TUSDM students went to Dallas, Texas to present their research at the 67th American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) Annual Conference.

Yusuf Sheikh (PG’21) placed 2nd and Shawn Kim (UG’20) placed 3rd for the table clinic oral presentation, and Nari Park (UG’19) placed 3rd for the poster presentation. Congratulations to these three students on placing at the national conference!

Founded in 1951, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. To find out more, please visit this link:

Their studies were:

Effects of the Use of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Lateral Window Maxillary Sinus Augmentation: Yusuf Sheikh, DMD, MA; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS

Radiographic Analysis of Crestal Bone Resorption in Vertical Ridge Augmentation:
Shawn Kim; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS

Anatomical Factors of the Posterior Superior Alveolar Artery Associated with Schneiderian Membrane Perforation During Maxillary Sinus Augmentation: Nari Park MS; Yong Hur, DMD, DDS, MS; Sarah Pagni, PhD, MPH; Yumi Ogata, DMD, DDS, MS

ADO at the Bo De Meditation Center!

On September 30th, a group of eight volunteers from TUSDM joined ADO in giving oral hygiene instruction to around 180 kids at the Bo De Meditation Center in Braintree, MA during their weekly Sunday Vietnamese class: Ping Zeng (D20), Brent Mullen (D20), Monica Cheng (D20), Emerly Hsu (D21), Sandra Khuu (D21), Yi-Chen (Jo) Chiang (D21), Trish Dang (D20), Irene Lang (D21).

Irene Lang (D21) reflects: “We split up into 3 groups, and each group taught 2 classes of kids age 6-14 how to brush and floss (6 classrooms total of around 30 kids each), what foods are good or bad for teeth, and how cavities form. We were able to use the teach back technique using the stuffed animals for the younger classes, and led the older kids in 2 enthusiastic games of jeopardy. At the end of our oral hygiene instruction sessions, it was a great feeling to come back together from our groups and share informally about our experiences. All of the classes, especially the older ones, were extremely excited and engaged in both asking and answering questions throughout all of the sessions. The kids especially liked the more challenging questions, as many of them were excited to share with everyone what they knew. Often, even the adult teachers were excited to jump in to guess on a jeopardy question or ask some of their own questions about how to take care of teeth. Having so many kids show up and receive oral hygiene instruction was incredibly rewarding and fun, and all the volunteers were happy to have spent a Sunday afternoon serving the community.”

AAWD at Cradles to Crayons!

On September 22nd, AAWD volunteered in the Giving Factory at Cradles to Crayons, a nonprofit organization against child poverty.

Kristin Bradley (D20) reflects: “We were assigned to “shopping,” which meant that we looked at a list of items requested for each child by their social worker and put together kits full of the requested supplies. Overall, our two hours of work was able to help hundreds of kids.”

Rayna Silva (D20) reflects: “It was an honor volunteering at the Cradles to Crayons giving factory this past Saturday with AAWD helping to package essential items that children who are homeless or living in low income communities don’t have including clothes, shoes, and hygiene kits. I had such an amazing experience seeing the impact we can have in the Boston community and I can’t wait until our next volunteer opportunity at Cradles to Crayons!”

AAPD Volunteers with Room To Grow!

On September 18, AAPD’s E-Board volunteered with Room To Grow. Room to Grow is an organization that serves families from just before their child’s birth through age 3. They provide high-quality material items (like clothes, books and toys), individualized parenting education, and specialized referrals to community resources to ensure a healthy and secure start to the child’s life.

The AAPD team helped to organize baby clothes and pack materials to be stored and shipped to Room to Grow’s new satellite office at the Epiphany School in Dorchester. Dr. Forero and the E-Board also brought 140 children’s toothbrushes and 50 tubes of toothpaste to donate to the organization. Everyone had a great time and look forward to working with the amazing company again in the future!
Pictured (from left to right): Joyce Forbes (D21), Joyce Ganas (D20),  Allie Penta (D21), Lauren Lubowitz (D21), Emily Thomas (D20), Samatha Sauers (D20) and Dr. Martha Forero

Miles for Smiles 5K Run/Walk

UNE ASDA is hosting their annual Miles for Smiles 5K on September 23rd at 9am, with an Post-race gathering at Urban Farm Fermentory brewery at 11am. All proceeds will benefit ‘From the First Tooth’ which is a charity that is working on increasing oral health resources available in pediatric physician offices.  The cost is $25. If you need to spend the night before, UNE students can make accommodations for you as well. Please reach out to to make accommodation arrangements ASAP.

Click here for the registration link!

ADO Social 9/21!

The Asian Dental Organization (ADO) is hosting our WELCOME BACK SOCIAL on Friday, September 21 from 4-6pm in Room 773 (in the dental building). They’ll have board games and Asian snacks! It’s a great way to meet other members, hear about what we are planning for this year, and learn about what e-board positions are available!
Also, we’ll be collecting our annual dues. Please either bring $10 cash or Venmo @trishdang.
($10 goes towards help sessions, social events, etc…It’s a great investment.
You also don’t have to be Asian to join!)