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

On Friday November 22, 2019, six Tufts Dental students from AAPD and Dr. Martha Forero from the Tufts Pediatric Dentistry department member brought the Lessons in a Lunchbox program to over 100 second grade children at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston, MA. Allie Penta (D’21) and Adi Smith (D’22) presented to the children on the importance of oral health care at home, including how to properly brush and floss their teeth, and discussed other important topics such as nutrition, how cavities form, and more. One component of the presentation involved the student volunteers approaching the children in small groups to demonstrate on puppets how to brush and floss. After the presentation, the children each received a special lunchbox which contained a carrot case filled with a toothbrush and tube of toothpaste for them to take home. The children were extremely engaged throughout the entire event, and were very excited to take their new lunchboxes home with them. This event is a fabulous opportunity to provide oral health education to young kids, and is unique in that it provides a tangible way (via the lunchbox) for them to bring that message home to their parents and siblings. The children came out of the event not only with more knowledge about oral health care, but also with a higher level of excitement to take care of their teeth making the event a success!

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