Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 

Tufts Dental LGBTQA held free oral cancer screenings at Club Café on November 12th. The organization educated and promoted the importance of maintaining good oral health by emphasizing the significance of good oral hygiene and finding the appropriate resources when needed. They also handed out toothbrushes, toothpastes, and floss. There were 4 faculty members and approximately 10 TUSDM student volunteers who worked as a team to put together this extraordinary event to increase awareness! Both Carly Martin (D18) and Leigh Ortiz (D18) shared several pictures from the event, and they also noted their enthusiasm and desire to do this event again!

Leigh Ortiz (D18) reflects:

“This was an event that was first of its kinds for the current students in this group. It felt good to get out into the community and reach out to people. There were many people who go to the dentist who didn’t know their provider even gave them an oral cancer screening. As well, there were many people who knew they needed work done, and yet reported that it had been several years since they have been to the dentist. I think it was eye-opening for us as students, as well as for the people who stopped by to get a screening, and I hope it leads these people to reach out to their dental care provider.”