|#28 Hillsboro Century High School
|JUL, 16 2012 By MARY DALY
Have you enjoyed any blueberries this summer? Oregon is the third major producer of blueberries in the US, marketing over 8 million pounds of fresh blueberries and processing 15 million. The Tooth Taxi staff met and treated several young adults who have been picking over 450 acres of blueberries in Washington County. After working during the day they spent their evenings at Hillsboro's Century High School for dinner, computer and English language classes and free dental care. These 'campo' kids along with local high school students were appreciative of the opportunity for care. Their fingers stained a bluish purple hue from the same color family as the Northwest hydrangeas that are blooming.
We had great help from school district staff, Sam and Roberto. They celebrated the end of their summer program on our last evening and shared traditional Mexican cake with us, which was delicious!
Cecilia Alvarado RDH was introduced to the Tooth Taxi when she was a student at Portland Community College. She spent two evenings volunteering with us; it was great to have her help not only for hygiene but for Spanish translations too.
Realities from the road:
A high school aged student from the migrant camp initially showed little interest in any prize, but quickly grabbed a card game (Smile Squad) when he thought of his 5 year old brother. Dr. McLeod also provided him with an oral hygiene kit for his brother.
50% of students screened needed treatment
50% needed no treatment.
Hillsboro, Century High School, July 16-19, 2012
24 students screened
0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
19 appointments in the van
$9,044 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – July 19, 2012
11,944 students screened
11,672 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
5,313 students treated in the van
$3,201,383 value of free dental services provided.