dental school

Care Where the Kids Are

“I’m a rock star!” declares Lucy, the pint-sized patient, as she dons a pair of black-and-white oversized sunglasses and prepares to have her teeth counted.

The exam comes during a break from her classroom at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood, where a fully equipped, three-chair pediatric dental clinic is on the third floor. Each year, more than 300 kids like Lucy in kindergarten through grade five receive care at the school from Tufts dental students and staff.