|January 09, 2012 By Mary Daly
#2 Eagle Creek Elementary 1/09/12
#3 Estacada High School 1/16/12 & 1/23/12
Our first snow day of the year! While at Eagle Creek Elementary in the Estacada School District. After the snow, the following week we worried about the Tooth Taxi floating away while parked next to a swollen creek at the Estacada High School. Eagle Creek's history as a lumber town was reflected in tree murals decorating the school hallways.
Dr. Teri Barichello helped us to kick off the new year assisting us in implementing some changes to our clinical processes resulting in greater efficiency and treating more kids, which is what it's all about!
The team also went through "First Tooth" Training with Karen Hall, RDH. This informative class gave us great tools and resources for working with the teen parents and their children. The program through the Oregon Public Health Division Oral Health Unit aims for "preventing early childhood caries through medical and dental provider education and collaboration."
Marcia Nado RDH, Dental Assistant, Mette Singer, Pediatric Dentist, Dr. Peter Lax.
From the kid gallery:
Kinder: "My dog bit my toothbrush."
"My Grandma didn't brush her teeth when she was little, they all fell out and now she has dentures and they don't fit."
1st grader returning for his 2nd app't.: "Let's not make it anything about teeth."
"Ha, ha, ha, the cat's butt's on fire." (Tom & Jerry cartoon)
"My tooth hurts because the other day a spider bit my cheek."
3rd grader in the dental chair: "Just so you know, I'm not really fond of this."
"I'm growing a cavity."
Realities from the road:
We treated a 1st grader who had an abscessed tooth extracted. His grandmother called to talk to us; she said she'd taken him to the doctor twice for a swollen face and both times received antibiotics. One doctor wanted to refer him to a plastic surgeon for his abscessed cheek (This medical provider would benefit from the "First Tooth" training!) Grandma was wondering if the bad tooth was the whole problem as her grandson seems to be fine now and if she doesn't have to haul him all the way to Portland she'd prefer not to.
Taking a student back to class, she asked "Why can't I go on the Tooth Taxi another 5 days? When are you coming back?" I replied: "Maybe next year. " Her response: "That's too long, that's a rip off! I don't want you to go," (she started crying),
4th grader: "I met my older brother at my Dad and Grandpa's funeral (yesterday) he's my step-brother. My Dad & Grandpa died in a car accident in Washington, they weren't wearing seatbelts."
Stats Eagle Creek Elementary:
60% of students screened needed treatment
40% needed no treatment.
Eagle Creek Elementary School January 9-13, 2012:
• 45 students screened
• 109 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 53 students treated in the van
• $18,395 value of free dental services provided.
Stats Estacada High School:
100% of students screened needed treatment
Estacada High School January 17-24, 2012:
• 7 students screened
• 11 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 33 students treated in the van
• $18,425 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – January 24, 2012
• 10,722 students screened
• 9,534 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 4,502 students treated in the van
• $2,784,268 value of free dental services provided.