|All Aboard the Tooth Taxi
|Since the Tooth Taxi launched in late fall 2008 we have visited over 290 schools/sites all over the State of Oregon, and served over 16,000 children while delivering over 4.5 million dollars in donated dental services.
The Tooth Taxi is a 38' state-of-the-art dental office on wheels with two dental chairs and a full-time dentist and staff. It visits schools throughout Oregon to provide free dental care and oral health education to uninsured and underserved children.
A Unique Program
In addition to having a full-time dentist and staff, the van spends up to a week at a school providing dental screenings, cleanings, sealants, X-rays, fillings, minor oral surgery and in-classroom oral health education. Each child receives oral hygiene instruction and a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and a brushing timer. Every school receives a Tooth Taxi Library Pack of four colorful children's books about oral health that teachers can use in their classrooms to help reinforce the message that good oral health is important to overall health.
A Unique Partnership
The Tooth Taxi was created through a partnership with OEA Choice Trust, ODS Health and The Dental Foundation of Oregon, the charitable arm of the Oregon Dental Association. The van is funded by leading foundations, corporations and individuals who care deeply about improving the oral health of Oregon's children.
Making a Difference
While we continue to advocate for improvements in children's oral health, we recognize there is a serious need for programs like the Tooth Taxi that provide immediate relief of dental pain and infection for thousands of children who lack access to basic dental care.
|The Tooth Taxi was created through a unique partnership with the DFO, OEA Choice Trust, and ODS.
Our Foundation Partners
Allis Family Fund of The OCF
Bill Healy Foundation
Chambers Family Foundation
CHS Fund of The OCF
Coquille Tribal Community Fund
Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation
The Ford Family Foundation
Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Found.
Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children: The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
Henry L. Hillman, Jr. Foundation
Jane and Howard Glazer Fund of The OCF
John & Dorothy Hay Fund of The OCF
Juan Young Trust
Knowledge Learning Corp. Foundation
Maybelle Clark Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Nike Employee Grant Fund
Oregon Community Foundation
PacificSource Charitable Foundation
Plum Creek Foundation
Providence Community Grants Council
Providence Partners in Health
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust
Spirit Mountain Community Fund
The Standard Charitable Foundation
Wright Family Fund of The OCF
Thanks also to the many companies and individuals who support DFO and the Tooth Taxi. You can see all our supporters listed here.