Tufts Predoctoral Dental students, along with a couple of PG pedo residents, and a faculty member, conducted a dental education event at the Josiah Quincy School. The pedo residents gave a brief PowerPoint presentation on the basics of how many teeth we have, what comprises a tooth, what causes cavities, what foods to eat and not eat, as well as brushing and flossing methods. After the presentation, they played an exciting dental cartoon from www.dentalcare.com for the kids; then, the elementary school students received a lunchbox. The children were very happy, opening the lunchbox and exploring its contents, which contained dental health products and dental education literature. Please take a moment to see the photos posted that were taken from the event.
The goal of the event was to complete the “lessons in a lunch box program,” to children in first through third grades. It consisted of different learning modules to promote health literacy and disease prevention through the use of a lunchbox, containing a toothbrush, floss, and toothpaste, which was stored in a carrot-shaped case with a rinsing cup at the top of the carrot. Instructional labels throughout the box illustrate and remind children how to brush and floss properly, as well as to help depict what foods they should be consuming, utilizing information from www.choosemyplate.gov. The purpose of the dental event, which utilized a lunchbox as an educational prop, was to encourage young students to “See yourself becoming a dentist, a dental hygienist, a dental assistant or a dental technician,” promoting a career in the dental field.
Last week, members of the D18 class visited the Castle Square Tenants Organization to present the second installment of their “Tooth Talks” seminars, this time discussing dental insurance. D18 co-community service chair Kimberly Meyers reflected on the event:
“The ‘Tooth Talks’ are a new initiative started by the D18s. It’s been a lot of fun being creative with the direction of the this segment of the ‘Healthy Living Seminars’ at CSTO. Insurance is not one of dentistry’s most riveting topics so I was happy we were actually able to engage our audience by playing their favorite game, BINGO. Although no D18 had the winning card, Kevin Campbell, Kyle Jonna, and Andrew Lum put on a really informative, engaging presentation that Monita Wong did an awesome job translating. I knew insurance was confusing, but this experience gave me a better appreciation for how much more convoluted and complicated the whole system may be to someone facing language barriers.”
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“Along with classroom work and clinical practice, dental students are encouraged to engage in community service. A joint effort between the School of Dental Medicine and the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts is helping to make service activities more accessible and to promote civic engagement.
The centerpiece of the collaboration is a website called Dental Central, launched in 2014 as the go-to place for information on volunteer opportunities, group activities and other community-focused extracurricular events. Student groups are encouraged to use the site to list events or calls for volunteers and to post photos and follow-ups afterward.”
With the alarm blaring at 6:30 am, I awoke to the sun rising on a Monday morning. However, this was no ordinary Monday; I wasn’t getting ready to go to school, but rather was preparing for my first day of a weeklong service trip in Jamaica. Within the hour, I quickly got changed, packed my camera, and ran by the hotel cafeteria to get a bite to eat to sustain me for the long day ahead. Finally reaching the bus, I was greeted by the other students and faculty that had made the trip from their homes to volunteer their time and service to the local population. With excitement and a hint of nervousness in the air, we all departed the hotel for a two-hour ride to our first location.
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.