#6 Salem - Give Kids A Smile
Feb, 03 2012 By Mary Daly
The Tooth Taxi parked in front of the state Capitol to kick off National Children's Dental Health Month, collaborating with the Boys & Girls Club of Salem for our 4th Give Kids a Smile (GKAS) day. Holly Spruance, OEA Choice Trust; Charlie LaTourette, DFO; and Christina Swartz, ODA greeted visitors and provided information on oral health. Jodi Loper of the Boys & Girls Club provided lunch for the team with delicious desserts.

Becca Quint, a Portland native, is finishing up her senior year in photojournalism at Ohio University. Becca has been out to visit us at three sites to document the Tooth Taxi for her project. We are anxious to see the results.

Pablo, one of our van mascots, was on hand to provide dog therapy to the kids. They loved it!!

Dr. Joni Young and assistant Julie Latik. This is the 3rd year that Dr. Young has joined theTooth Taxi for Give Kids a Smile and the 2nd for Julie. Thank you!

Steve McNannay, Executive Director OEA Choice Trust
Dr. Weston Heringer Jr.
Lori Lambright, Marion Polk Component Society
ODS: Robin Richardson, Susan Watson, Alvin Sarracino
Deborah Loy, Capitol Dental Care
Aaron Auer – R.O.A.R.
Jon McWilliams – Retired teacher from Beaverton SD and Board member of Washington County Public Affairs Forum
Bill Fain – Bus driver for the Bus project
Jeston Black – OEA Campaign/Research Consultant
Dr. Steve Deming

Other notes:
100% of students screened needed treatment

Salem GKAS, February 3, 2012

•11 students screened
•0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•11 students treated in the van
•$6,359 value of free dental services provided.


Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – February 3, 2012
•10,882 students screened
•9,753 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,566 students treated in the van
•$2,824,413 value of free dental services provided.

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We advocate for increased funding for children's dental treatment and education. We support community water fluoridation, a proven and safe way to reduce cavities, and we encourage volunteerism in the dental community.

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