Last week, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) visited a Girl Scout Troop to promote oral health. AAPD members read stories to the girls to promote oral health and then helped them with an art project that reinforced what they learned. Special thanks to Tracy Tchintchin (D18) for sending us some pictures!
This past month, Kholoud Kabli and a fellow TUSDM student went out to Community and Family Services in Waltham to give a presentation to mother’s about their children’s oral health. While there, they handed out pamphlets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and answered questions for the parents. Way to go Kholoud!
It’s Work Day 1 of the trip, and after a two hour bus ride to a church in a rural town called Clermont, we arrive at our work site. We get off of the bus and chaos ensues as children and adults alike greet us, anxious to get inside for care. We scatter, converting folding tables into surgical stations and hygiene bays. The second year dental students man the hygiene station, excited to see our first patients that aren’t our classmates. The morning flies by. After a blur of cleanings one after another – scaling-prophy-fluoride, scaling-prophy-fluoride – I am called over to do my first local anesthesia injection since our certification workshop in class two weeks earlier.
Last week, the AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentists) visited the Buds and Blossom Day Care to promote the importance of healthy teeth, oral hygiene, nutrition, and dental visits to a group of children aged 3-5. AAPD Vice President, Anna Bak (D17), had this to say about the event:
“This outreach event at Buds and Blossoms Daycare occurred right in the heart of Chinatown, steps away from TUSDM. It was a great way to engage ourselves in the community and provided insight to how a daycare in Chinatown is run. It was interesting to observe that although the class was ethnically diverse, all of the children learned in both English and Chinese. Going forward, it may be a good idea to learn simple Chinese phrases as a way to connect with the children on a different level and to be cognizant of our place as healthcare providers in Chinatown. Additionally, the daycare also had a no-shoes policy and provided us with shoe covers before entering. This emphasized the importance of cultural literacy, and while we might enter a daycare as leaders to provide dental education and health promotion, we must provide it in the proper cultural context. Dr. Forero was a great mentor and exemplary role model for a pediatric dentist who is passionate about health care promotion. Overall, I had a great time at this event! The children were very receptive and bright, and the daycare was very welcoming.”
Over the past several months, Risha De Leon (D16) has been spending time with the children at ABCD Chinese Church Head Start and Brighton-Allston Head Start. While there, she has helped the kids make better meal choices, taught them the proper brushing techniques, and provided plenty of toothpaste and tooth brushes. Risha had this to say about her experience:
“I learned about community service that it entails a lot of immersion and relationship building rather than planning. Needs assessment is key for a successful program. You also have to learn to listen to the administration to be able to develop your program well. I learned about program development and implementation and the importance of community partnership.”
Please join current AAPHD (American Association of Public Health Dentistry) students as we advocate alongside fellow oral health care providers to discuss legislation at the State House on behalf of our profession, patients, and future.
Dental Hygiene Day at the State House:
Tuesday February 23, 2016 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- The Massachusetts Dental Hygiene Association will be promoting their profession with pieces of legislation regarding the advancement of practice, billing, malpractice, and certification of hygienists.
- Information & Registration: http://www.massdha.org/news/upcoming.php
- For AAPHD students interested in participating please consider attending the informational meeting beforehand: Monday February 22, 2016 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Location TBD
Massachusetts Dental Society Beacon Hill Day:
Wednesday March 30, 2016 Time TBA
The MDS will continue their successful efforts in discussing critical issues facing oral health care and dentistry with legislators.
- Current Issues:
o Electronic Health Record standards
o Carrier Transparency and Patients’ Bill of Rights
o H. 2058: New licensure evaluations and guidelines
- Information: http://cqrcengage.com/madental/bhd
- Meeting with MDS Beacon Hill Day Liaison Kevin Monteiro: March 11th 5:00 pm TUSDM Room 1521, with Tufts DMD/MPH candidates
Please RSVP interest for either event to Alec Eidelman; email@example.com
“Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Jamaica for the second time on a dental outreach program. My first trip was five years ago, while a pre-dental student in college. Returning to Jamaica, this year, I was once again charmed by the Jamaican people, and their “no problem” attitude. The outreach was incredible. It was a real life experience that brought together aspects of basic sciences, clinical expertise and global outreach. It was not uncommon to have an adult patient who was diabetic or had high blood pressure; thus, we utilized our medical team and our understanding of medical issues to clear these patients for treatment. Our background in global outreach and knowledge from the GSL course helped us understand the culture, while our skills in providing anesthesia and hygiene were put to the test.