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Dental Medicine

Dental Medicine Information Resources

Operation Mouthgaurd

Description: Provides custom-fitted mouthguards and oral health and hygiene education to young athletes of the Boston area, including Charlestown, Revere and Chelsea, through community site visits and follow-up lab work at HSDM.

When? 3-4 events per year, each with two sessions: one at the community center site (2 hours) and one at the HSDM student lab (3 hours).

Who can volunteer? 3rd/4th years: take impressions, make mouthguards. 1st/2nd years: assist hands-on at all steps, teach kids about oral health/hygiene.

Contact: Alisha Desai

ACTION at Windsor Clinic

Description:  Saturday pediatric dental clinic for treating children in dental need, assisting dental care providers, and oral health education, all under the supervision of Dr. Okuji. All dental treatment, prophylaxes, restorations, space management, root treatments, etc, are performed in this Cambridge clinic and lab.

When? Once a month on-site  and one meeting per month on campus among coordinators

Who can volunteer? Any HSDM students, Pediatric Dentistry residents, students at HSPH


Give Kids a Smile

Description: A day of free dental care at HSDM for under served children, ages 0-17 yrs, around the greater Boston area (and beyond!). 3rd and 4th year students perform dental screenings, cleanings, make referrals and place sealant while 1st and 2nd year students intake, assist, and educate. 

When? February

Who can volunteer? All HSDM students and residents, especially pediatric, plus faculty/staff.


Project Bridge

Description: Free dental clinic based out of Bridge Over Troubled Waters ( under the supervision of a volunteer dentist. HSDM students provide basic dental services such as exams, cleanings, basic restorative needs and oral health counseling. Also, oral health education sessions, which are given at the GED classes and residential sites.

When? Clinic sessions 2 nights per week.   Educational sessions occur 1-2x per month.

Who can volunteer? 3rd/4th years + faculty: volunteer in the clinic. 1st/2nd years: volunteer with educational portions during the day at the BOTW site.

Contact: Ellen Hoang

Wampanoag Outreach Group

Description: We are a collaboration between HSDM students/faculty and the Wampanoag Tribe of the Gay Head (Aquinnah) to improve access to oral health care among Native American tribe members on Martha's Vineyard Island. Currently we are establishing a monthly portable dental clinic to provide services such as exams, cleanings, and simple restoratives on tribal land. We are also conducting a needs assessment survey to gather information on unmet dental needs. Every year, the group promotes oral health education by participating in annual Powwows at Aquinnah, Mashpee, and Harvard.

Who Can Volunteer? 1st-4th year dental students


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