#38 Sweet Home
November 3, 2014 by Mary Daly

The Tooth Taxi always receives a warm welcome to Sweet Home in Linn County. This was the Tooth Taxi's seventh visit to the Sweet Home school district and first visit to Oak Heights Elementary. School nurse, Heidi Lewis, coordinated our visit and included students from Hawthorne Elementary and the Jr. High School.

Assistant, Catherine Johnson, visited the local head start at the high school Thursday evening to work with teen and young parents. Catherine's report:

Three parents, one Grandmother, and four children from 9 months ' 3 years attended the family night at Kidco Head Start located at the Sweet Home high school. Although a small group, it was the most proactive group that I have ever had. The three Moms asked a lot of questions about their children's care, their own oral health, and their spouses.

I showed them brushing and flossing techniques. I gave handouts that showed pictures of bottle decay as well as shared photos of what decayed adult teeth look like. That really put it in perspective for them! When I was showing them pictures of what an infected baby tooth looks like (the pimple on the gum) one Mom asked, 'Can an adult get that? My husband has that and it comes and goes.' I said yes and she replied 'I'm getting him to the dentist.''

They were very interested in doing things the right way. I discussed the use of pacifiers verses thumb sucking, gave handouts on proper snack ideas. I shared the importance of getting their children in to see the dentist at about one year of age. I shared how they would possibly do a knee to knee exam and these appointments were good so the kids could get used to going to dentist for exams. One mom said she tried to take her child in but the dentist she went to said three years was too young.' I told her to seek a different dentist.

After our discussion we had parents join the kids and they showed me how they brush their kids' teeth.' All the moms were doing a great job.' Oral hygiene bags (toothbrush and floss supplies) and handouts were left with staff, for those who were not able to attend. This audience learned that tooth decay is a preventable disease.

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Other notes:
62% of students screened needed treatment
38% needed no treatment.

Sweet Home, Oak Heights Elementary School, Nov.3-6, 2014
•  29 students screened
•  68 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  28 appointments in the van
•  $15,104 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 ' November 6, 2014
•  15,193 students screened
•  16,033 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  7,906 students treated in the van
•  $4,461,633 value of free dental services provided

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