|December 17, 2012 By Mary Daly
On the Tooth Taxi's last week of service before the school holiday break we parked at Woodburn High School; students were in the holiday spirit and we weathered a day of snow flurries that added to the excitement. The high school students were very appreciative of services received on the Tooth Taxi, telling us thank you many times over. Students chuckled when they were offered stickers and a prize. Unlike middle school students they wanted the prize and proudly wore the stickers! We will be back at Woodburn High in January to finish up treatment.
Dr. Josh Wieland and assistant Angela Fonseca, new volunteers to the Tooth Taxi shared their experience with us:
"Angela and I had a wonderful time yesterday. The patients were very appreciative, and the day went smoothly. The equipment and supplies are the best I've ever had in a volunteer setting. The screening exams done prior to our arrival really helped us to be efficient. We were able to provide a lot of dental care in a short period of time. Catherine did a great job managing the schedule, following up with patient's parents and involving school support staff to be able to provide care. We hope to be able to go again in the future when the dental van is back at the high school again."
Shawn Roerig RDH, another first time volunteer on the van, had her work cut out for her with cleaning high school student's teeth; lots of calculus, and some students who were receiving cleanings for the first time.
Dan Reynolds, pre-dental student and seasoned volunteer helped with screening in the school while staff assistants took x-rays in the Tooth Taxi.
From the kid gallery:
"Why are the needles so long?"
56% of students screened needed treatment
44% needed no treatment
Woodburn, Woodburn High School, December 14-19, 2012
43 students screened
0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
24 appointments in the van
$14,072 value of free dental services provided
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – December 19, 2012
12,772 students screened
12,334 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
5,930 students treated in the van
$3,443,786 value of free dental services provided