|#7 Al Kennedy Alternative High School
February 19, 2013 by Mary Daly
Al Kennedy Alternative High School in Cottage Grove serves students with unique programs with the goal towards "educating young people to find their place in the community and the world." This school population includes students that are homeless, couch surfing, or living with different family groups: grandparents or aunts and uncles. Many of these students have not had the opportunity for dental care in the past.
Without a history of dental experiences the anxiety level was high about having treatment. Several students need multiple permanent teeth extracted. Because of the high anxiety we spent longer at screening and appointments discussing their fears and providing oral health education.
Next to the Cottage Grove High School is the new South Lane Children's Dental Clinic, staffed by volunteers on Fridays to help combat dental decay. One of the seeds that germinated this idea for a clinic? Prior Tooth Taxi visits to Cottage Grove schools.
Tooth Taxi assistant Catherine Johnson visited the clinic on Friday after delivering an oral hygiene presentation to two teen parents with an 8 month old and 18 month old. She discussed nutrition and demonstrated how to brush their children's teeth using information from the First Tooth program. The young mothers were shocked by the pictures of baby tooth decay. One Mom was very interested and had a lot of questions. Reaching them at this critical stage and emphasizing prevention is key in setting their oral health foundation.
South Lane School District members and South Lane Children's Dental Clinic Coordinator
Realities from the road:
Many students shared with us that they never brush their teeth.
During a class presentation I was showing pictures of what decay looks like and a student spoke up and said, "...my Moms teeth are like that from Meth. She is only 32 and is getting dentures."
85% of students screened needed treatment
15% needed no treatment.
Cottage Grove, Al Kennedy Alternative High School February 19-22, 2013
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