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Smile Squad Tufts Community Day

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.

AAWD Membership Info

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.

Membership info: Continue reading AAWD Membership Info

KADA St. Antoine Parish Oral health screening

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.”

LGBTQA Soup Kitchen Health Screenings

Tufts Dental LGBTQA gathered last week to provide dental screenings and oral health exams at the East Boston Community Soup Kitchen. The East Boston Community Soup Kitchen serves meals once a week on Tuesdays and is always looking for more volunteers; call 310-529-1127 or e-mail carly.martin@tufts.edu for more information. Thank you for providing service to our community!

To get more involved in LGBTQA check out their DC home page!

TUSDM Donations for Hurricane Harvey: Reflection by Jonathan Pierpoline (D21)

As many of you may know, Houston was devastated by what is being called a 1,000 year flood. An event of this magnitude should occur every 1,000 years. Over 500,000 vehicles have been totaled due to flood damage and over 100,000 homes have been flooded.  The donations collected from Tufts School of Dental Medicine with ASDA have been sent to Bay Area Turning Point. Their main mission involves bringing assistance to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. The items that everyone have graciously brought in will be bringing much needed supplies to not only the victims of Hurricane Harvey, but of domestic violence as well.

As a Houston native I personally want to thank everyone that is a part of the Tufts family. The amount of support and love that was brought together by everyone here is truly inspiring. I believe I can speak on behalf of the Houston and say thank you.

– Jonathan Pierpoline (D21) 

ASDA Puerto Rico Chapter is continuing to collect donations to help those affected by the storm get back on their feet . No donation is too small. Every dollar matters. If you’d like to make a contribution please click HERE.

Health Literacy Month Weekly Contest

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!

American Lung Association: The Fight for Air Climb

Start training today and take the stairs!
The Fight for Air Climb is a fundraiser for the American Lung Association. The Tufts Dental Team is already formed. The climb is 41 stairs at One Boston Place on February 3, 2018. Come just to watch and support the Firefighter’s competition!
Funding for student registration ($35) may be available from other student organizations.
Email: Toria.Kourtas@tufts.edu or BostonClimb.org for more information.