|Apr, 30 2012 By Mary Daly
The Tooth Taxi returns to the Parkrose School District, but this time a visit to Parkrose High School. The atmosphere we encounter at a high school is always a little more chaotic with lots of independent youth wandering campus and arriving/leaving school at various times throughout the day, making it almost impossible to locate our patients. For those students that have better attendance, we are able to reward them with lots of dental treatment. Many times we feel the responsibility of completing treatment on as many patients that are in their final year of high school because we all know it is hard to come across dental services once we are over the age of 18. On the bright side, these older students truly understand the value of services we are bringing to them. With almost every patient showing their gratitude, whether it is with a "thanks", handshake or stopping by the bus to say hello one more time, they have made the Tooth Taxi staff feel much appreciated!
Sabrina Williamson, from Dr. Eiler's office who we met at ODC, took her time-off to volunteer with the Tooth Taxi and assist Dr. McLeod for the day.
Volunteer Hygienists Kent Xu and Li Burdett, have both returned to volunteer and used the portable units inside the school to do cleanings and sealants!
Volunteer Dan Reynolds, pre-dental student and frequent volunteer, helped out with running patients, sterilization, and other general needs on the Tooth Taxi.
Mary Larson- Parkrose School District
Business manager visited to share her gratitude for our continuous visits to Parkrose.
From the kid gallery:
"That's how much it would have costed?!" a student says after seeing her visit summary, "Oh my gosh, that's expensive!"
68% of students screened needed treatment
32% needed no treatment
Parkrose High School, Portland, April 30- May 4, 2012
• 38 students screened
• 0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 34 appointments in the van
• $17,924 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – May 4, 2012
• 11,446 students screened
• 10,743 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 5,026 students treated in the van
• $3,050,974 value of free dental services provided.