#1 De Paul Alternative High School
January 7, 2013 by Mary Daly

Wind, snow, rain and sun! The Tooth Taxi braved all the elements last week at De Paul Alternative High School in NE Portland. 9-12th grade students in this residential treatment program showed their appreciation for Tooth Taxi services with heartfelt handmade thank you notes.

Principal Chris Blair really appreciates the Tooth Taxi; here is his note from our visit last October:


Why are you nice people thanking me? I do believe that you're the one who gave my kids $13,000 worth of free dental care. This was an astounding opportunity and I still can't believe it happened. The sad part is, a lot of those kids have already moved on, and now we've got more kids who … forget it. I don't even want to think about it.

So, with that in mind, please know that the Tooth Taxi has a spot waiting for it anytime it wants.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Dr. Teri Barichello, Chief Dental Officer
at ODS and assistant Carrie Peterson

Realities from the road:
Several students had very visible decay that affected their smiles. See the before and after pictures of one student. One student we treated was so excited about getting her teeth fixed. She shared that her teeth were bad before she started using drugs but then they got really bad fast. With decay on most of her teeth we were able to fix her front teeth. She was very excited and told us she can't stop smiling. She is motivated now to follow up with care and get her remaining cavities treated. She told us one of her goals after obtaining her GED is to become a hygienist. Smiles transforming lives.

Another student shared that the design cut in his eyebrows is symbolic for his sobriety; he was proud of his accomplishment.

Other notes:
43% of students screened needed treatment
57% needed no treatment.

Portland, De Paul Alternative High School, January 7-11, 2013

•  23 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  22 appointments in the van
•  $12,599 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – January 11, 2013

•  12,792 students screened
•  12,334 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  5,952 students treated in the van
•  $3,456,467 value of free dental services provided

#1 De Paul Alternative HS
#2 Woodburn Arts and Communication Academy
#3 Molalla River Elementary
#4 Community Transitional School
#5 Prescott Elementary
#6 Lebanon Pioneer School
#7 Al Kennedy Alternative High
#8 Aumsville Elementary
#9 Capital Steps-Salem
#10 Peninsula Elementary


#48 Woodburn
#47 Community Transitional School
#46 Warrenton
#45 Seaside
#44 Sweet Home
#43 Parkrose Middle School
#42 Madras Primary
#41 Terrebonne
#40 De Paul Alternative High School
#39 Haines Elementary
#38 Haines/Baker City
#37 Community Transitional School
#36 Chiloquin
#35 Southern Oregon Mission of Mercy
#34 Parkrose
#33 Tigard High − School Based Health Center
#32 Salem Boys and Girls Club
#31 Friends of the Children
#30 Newberg

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