#16 Nehalem Elementary
April 29, 2013 by Mary Daly

A first! The Tooth Taxi was visiting Nehalem Elementary on the Oregon Coast at the same time the Bookmobile was parked at the school.  Great mobile benefits for students last week! 

Each week we are reminded that success is not always measured in dollars:

One child explained her experience on the Tooth Taxi, saying that her one tooth was tingly but the Tooth Taxi was really nice to all the other teeth because they gave those teeth a tooth pillow (the bite block). She also mentioned that the people on the Tooth Taxi must have really liked her because they didn't even charge her.

One boy leaving recess pleaded, "Can I go to the Tooth Taxi now?"

Another young patient nervous about all the new things at the dentist could not hold back the tears when he came on board.  With some time to relax and explanations from Dr. Moffitt and Catherine, he warmed up enough to trust them for a cleaning, leaving with a positive impression of the dentist. 

Principal Kristi Woika
Librarians Kathy and Bruce
from the bookmobile

The North Coast Citizen in Manzanita.  Publication is every other Thursday, expect article in May 16th edition.

From the kid gallery:
"I think you accidently put my lip to sleep too."

"My friend didn't get any money from the Tooth Fairy because she only had a piece of her tooth and the Tooth Fairy wanted the whole tooth."

Realities from the road:
When Dr. Moffitt asked one student if he brushed his teeth every day, the student responded by using a brushing motion and simply retorting: "Finger and water!" After screening on the Tooth Taxi he has a toothbrush and toothpaste and no longer needs to scrub his teeth with his finger.

Other notes:
58% of students screened needed treatment
42% needed no treatment.

Nehalem, Nehalem Elementary, April 29-May 3, 2013

•  67 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom (no sign-ups due to state testing)
•  27 appointments in the van
•  $21,482 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – May 3, 2013

•  13,300 students screened
•  12,862 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,337 students treated in the van
•  $3,626,890 value of free dental services provided

#1 De Paul Alternative High School
#2 Veneta
#3 Aloha-Reedsville Elementary
#4 Helensview Alternative High School
#6 Springfield Riverbend Elementary
#7 Woodburn and the Capitol Dental Day
#8 Seaside Broadway Middle School & Seaside High School
#9 Portland Rigler Elementary
#10 East Sutherlin Primary
#11 South Umpqua High School
#12 Portland's DePaul Alternative High School
#13 Newberg's Edwards Elementary
#14 Metolius Elementary
#15 Portland, Sitton Elementary
#16 Portland, Earl Boyles Elementary
#17 Gervais, Gervais Elementary
#18 & #19 Hillsboro Migrant Programs
#20 Friends of the Children
#21 Molalla Elementary
#22 De Paul Alternative High School
#23 Salem Boys and Girls Club
#24 & 25 S. Umpqua High & Tri County Elementary
#26 Aumsville Elementary
#27 Estacada SBHC
#28 & #29 Oregon Coast
#30 Reynolds High School
#31 & #32 Klammath Falls

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