#28 DePaul Alternative High School, Portland
August 12, 2013 by Mary Daly

Our recurring visits to De Paul Alternative High School in NE Portland gives witness to the growth of the Cully Community Garden, which is now in full bloom with roses, sunflowers and corn whose tassels reach to the sky.  Two ancient cedars stand sentry to the entrance of De Paul and the garden.

We said good-by this week to Claire Skach our summer intern who returns to OSU to continue as a pre-dent student.  Claire helped in many facets and provided oral hygiene education to over 300 students this summer.  Thank you Claire!

Many students at De Paul are serious about improving their oral health; with severe decay most are very grateful for the service of the Tooth Taxi. A number of students made thoughtful inquiries in response to Dr. Moffitt's oral hygiene instruction. Through the week we saw some patients drastically improve their oral hygiene. For patients with severe decay and extensive treatment aboard the Tooth Taxi, this kind of personal hygiene is essential to maintaining new restorations and preventing further decay.

From the kid gallery:
At the end of a long appointment Dr. Moffitt told one of his patients, "Good job." The patient politely responded, "You too."

Teenager: "Every time I eat I brush my teeth so I don't see the point of flossing."

Realities from the road:
A 15 year old, who had all his 6-year molars removed in the past, had an exam on the Tooth Taxi this week that revealed deep cavities in 12-year molars and premolars that may require extractions. Dr. Moffitt discussed what the future may hold, unfortunately including the option of dentures at a young age. With this grim realization, the patient admitted, "I guess I now know why it is so important to brush."

Other notes:
75% of students screened needed treatment
25% needed no treatment.

Portland, De Paul Alternative High School Aug. 12-15, 2013
•  16 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom (not offered)
•  15 appointments in the van
•  $5,927 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – August 15, 2013
•  13,748 students screened
•  13,457 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,617 students treated in the van
•  $3,761,985 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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