#19 Milton-Freewater
May 20, 2013 by Mary Daly

With a brake repair the week before, this time it was the hydraulic fluid hose that broke north of Pendleton on the way to Milton-Freewater.  The team left Catherine with the Tooth Taxi on the side of the road (waiting for mobile repair to get it fixed) and went on to the school to start the screening.  No lack of adventure with this job!

On our first day in Milton-Freewater, we were surprised by the number of students that didn't brush their teeth because they did not have a toothbrush. After learning about the lack of toothbrushes, the high percentage of students that needed treatment was not surprising. We once again faced many difficult decisions on what patients had the most urgent need. Unfortunately, there was a lot of need that is still untreated, but we are scheduled to return in the fall.

The students at Freewater Elementary were interested in and excited about their visitors. Whenever anyone from the Tooth Taxi walked through the school, students would greet us, saying, "Hi, Tooth Taxi" or "Look, it's the dentist!" Their love of the dentist was encouraged by their teachers who kept their eye out for oral health problems and made sure that certain students made it to the Tooth Taxi. At some schools, teachers dread the dentist and make their fears apparent to the students. But, all the teachers at Freewater Elementary were positive and encouraging, calming any fears that students may have experienced.

Miranda Cooper, a former patient of Dr. Teri Barichello's is a student at Northwest Nazarene University in Idaho and a prospective dental student.  Miranda joined the team on the road for a week, helping out and learning more about dentistry and public health.  The team was glad to have some extra help.

From the kid gallery:
When Catherine asked one energetic patient not to touch all the interesting things around the operatory, he replied, "I have a lot of curiosity."

Other notes:
79% of students screened needed treatment
21% needed no treatment.

Milton-Freewater, Freewater Elementary, May 20-23, 2013

•  42 students screened
•  10 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  22 appointments in the van
•  $13,514 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – May 23, 2013

•  13,468 students screened
•  13,083 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,399 students treated in the van
•  $3,664,582 value of free dental services provided.
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