|Adventure #28 & #29
|October 12 – 23, 2015 by Carrie Peterson
Garibaldi Grade School
The Tooth Taxi rolled into Garibaldi with the sun shining and the team got to work screening. With 64% of the kids screened needing work it was a busy week. We welcomed volunteer hygienist, Crystal Miller, who along with our assistant, Becca, provided all of the kids who didn’t have cavities with cleanings and oral hygiene instruction. The tooth fairy was also very busy here as a number of the students had abscessed teeth that needed to be removed.
Seaside Heights Elementary
At this location we were met by health specialist, Carolyn Wells. She worked with us all week to make sure things went smoothly and allowed us to maximize our impact on the students here. We also were fortunate enough to have Crystal Miller, RDH join us at this location as well for two days. First time Tooth Taxi volunteer, Dr. Jeremiah Shakespear, rounded out the week, helping us to provide treatment on Friday.
We got the opportunity to interact with several families here. Getting to know the siblings throughout the day and talking with parents after school made this visit really special and rewarding. The more time we get with families as a whole, the better chance we have of getting our message about the importance of oral health across.
Crystal Miller, RDH
Jeremiah Shakespear, DDS
From the kid gallery:
“Are you a dentist or something?”
“Are you going to pull my teeth? “No, I only clean teeth,” says hygienist. “Good, I like getting my teeth cleaned.”
“I pulled a tooth because I needed money.”
“Thank you so much for all of your experience and time you spent helping our family have healthy smiles for life.”
Thankful words from a Mother of six.
106 students screened
216 students received oral hygiene presentations in their classroom
111 appointments in the van
94 Sealants placed
$57,559 value of free dental services provided
September 2008- October 23, 2015
• 16,923 students screened
• 17,426 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 8,958 appointments in the van
• $5,067,119 value of free dental services provided