|#18 & #19 Hillsboro Migrant Programs
|July 6 – 16, 2015 by Carrie Peterson
The Tooth Taxi team recently spent two weeks in Hillsboro providing services to students in their summer migrant programs. We started off at Hillsboro High School working in the evening. A large number of students here work in the fields during the day and come to school at night. Even though many of them had long days by the time they got on the van, they were very appreciative of the dental services they received. With 81% of the students screened needing work, and limited treatment hours, we were happy to have Dr. Jeanne Herzog, Dr. Karli Herzog’s Mom, come and help us provide treatment for an evening.
The following week we moved on to Lincoln Street Elementary and we were back on the day shift. The staff was extremely helpful and organized for our visit. The kids were excited to receive new toothbrushes and come out on the Tooth Taxi. They were very open about pointing out areas that had been bothering them to Dr. Herzog. Some were concerned about loose teeth, others had cavities causing them discomfort when they ate and two had active infections.
Here we met a 10 year old girl who lived with her Grandmother and had no dental insurance. She had a permanent molar with a large cavity that went directly into the pulp, meaning that she would need a root canal to save the tooth or we would have to extract it. After discussing options with the girls Grandmother she agreed to follow through with the root canal treatment. The Tooth Taxi team was able to complete all of her other dental work and provide her with over $1,500.00 in services as well as give her a referral to The Children’s Program to have the root canal done at no charge to her family and save her tooth.
Dr. Jeanne Herzog
Realities from the road:
The only thing more exciting to the students then the Tooth Taxi this week was the Blue Angels. On Thursday the US Navy planes were warming up for the Oregon International Air Show and patients got a front row seat. Watching the kids’ faces as they got a glimpse of the planes as they roared over the Tooth Taxi was pretty priceless.
Hillsboro Summer Migrant Program
June 29 - July 16, 2015
• 72 students screened
• 36 appointments in the van
• $25,627 value of free dental services provided
September 2008 - July 16, 2015
• 16,514 students screened
• 16,920 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 8,602 appointments in the van
• $4,842,355 value of free dental services provided