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

 

On June 4th, 2016 Smile Squad members had the opportunity to participate and represent Tufts at a local Health & Wellness Fair organized by the United India Association of New England. Oral health awareness was promoted to more than one hundred local families that attended the event. Smile Squad members Simran Kaur (D20), Thais Antunes (D20), Amy Hong (D20), Lindsay Hughes (D20) worked alongside with Sangita Murali (D18), Dr. Gandhi, and Dr. Rungta promoting oral health awareness. Free oral cancer screenings were held throughout the event and families had the opportunity to obtain oral hygiene instructions along with many pamphlets, toothbrushes, toothpaste, that will hopefully inspire them to keep up with their daily oral hygiene.

The oral cancer screenings conducted on site reminded the families of the importance of seeing a dentist regularly. Oral cancer has a good prognosis if detected early. It was a rewarding experiencing to be able to offer educational information of value to the families. Everyone was thankful for the free oral cancer screenings

The children enjoyed the fun coloring activities and booklets that promoted brushing and flossing at our table. They were all eager and excited to show us how they brush their teeth at home as they used the cute bears to demonstrate. It was a rewarding and learning experience for everyone.

On May 14th, 2017, Smile Squad members of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine volunteered at the Fenway park. Nearly fifty TUSDM students participated in the event.

Special thanks to Adam Lowenstein (D20) and Dr. Wallach for organizing the volunteering Event! Members of Smile Squad participated by educating local community kids, and families of proper oral hygiene. After the event, all volunteers got to watch the game! We would like to thank Dr. Lowenstein for his work in planning this event and Massachusetts Dental Society for providing tickets to the game for all volunteers!

At the event, the volunteers had an opportunity to interact with the children by teaching brushing and flossing skills using puppets and Brushes. It was a humbling and enriching experience for all volunteers to share the importance of oral hygiene with local community members.

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