|#17 Gervais Elementary
|June 29 - July 2, 2015 by Carrie Peterson
Last week the Tooth Taxi kicked off its summer schedule at Gervais Elementary with a new staff dentist. We are so happy to have Dr. Karli Herzog join our team. Her previous experience working with kids and on a mobile dental clinic in Los Angeles showed here. She did a wonderful job of making our patients feel at ease and providing them with quality care and a positive dental experience. As a team we are excited for this next chapter in the Tooth Taxi's story.
We were also very fortunate to have great volunteers with us this week. The shorter hours of most summer school programs are always challenging. It makes it hard for us to see all of the students who have dental needs. We are thankful to our volunteers for sharing their time and skills with us, allowing more children to receive treatment. Dr. Charlie Hartman, who practices in Woodburn, was kind enough to come and help with screenings on Monday. Dr. Kyle Smith, with Oregon City Family Dentistry, and his assistant, Nicole Colby, joined us on Wednesday. Retired Pedodontist and returning volunteer, Dr. Patricia Ridgley, rounded out the week helping with patients on Thursday.
We have seen a slight decline in the amount of need in this area over the last several years. On this visit over 25% of the students screened were returning patients who had been seen previously on the van, showing that some families are utilizing the Tooth Taxi as their dental home and the benefits of our return visits. We also had the opportunity at this location to provide treatment to two sisters who had recently been put into foster care. Both had immediate dental needs and had not been able to be seen by a dentist yet. The girls were very curious about the Tooth Taxi and happy to be getting their teeth taken care of.
Dr. Charlie Hartman
Dr. Kyle Smith
Nicole Colby EFDA
Dr. Patricia Ridgley
From the kid gallery:
Dr. Herzog asked a young girl what was done the last time she was at the dentist and the girl replied, "They put yogurt on my teeth."
Realities from the road:
Because of the hot weather and having to run the air conditioner so much one of the fans on the generator went out causing it to overheat and the Tooth Taxi to lose power. So we packed up and took it in for repair. Thankfully we were able to get the fan replaced that afternoon and could continue treatment as planned for Thursday.
43% of students screened needed treatment
57% needed no treatment
June 29 - July 2, 2015
42 students screened
25 appointments in the van
$13,931 value of free dental services provided
September 2008 - July 2, 2015
16,442 students screened
16,920 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
8,566 appointments in the van
$4,816,728 value of free dental services provided