Our Latest Tooth Taxi Adventures
Hillsboro, South Meadows Middle School, July 6th, 7th and 11th -13th by Carrie Peterson

Team Tooth Taxi made a return visit to the evening migrant program in Hillsboro. This site always keeps us on our toes as treatment hours are short and absenteeism is high. While the overall percentage of treatment needed was down significantly from last year, during the screening process we met a 14 year old that desperately needed our help. When he sat down his face was visibly swollen, he reported that his tooth had been bothering him for a while and had been swollen for at least a week. He had not yet been seen by a dentist and when we brought him aboard the Tooth Taxi an x-ray showed a very infected permanent molar. Dr. Rice and the team were able to get him taken care of quickly and extract the tooth. When he came back later in the week to have some fillings done he was all smiles, feeling so much better than when we first saw him.

During this visit we welcomed first time volunteers Dr. Phil Han and his assistant Emily Stenlund. Both attended high school together in the area and were excited to give back to students in their community. We also had return volunteers Dr. Mark Coussens and Maggie Zandoli. This energetic twosome got to see Dave. It was his first time having any dental work done or being numb and he couldn’t get over how strange his face felt. He kept a smile on his face throughout the entire appointment and was very grateful for the care he received. A couple of hours later there was a knock on our door. It was Dave with a picture of Dr. Coussens he had drawn to thank him for his kindness.

September 2008-July 14th 2016

• 17,404 students screened
• 18,973 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 9,881 appointments in the van
• $5,634,503 value of free dental care provided

Gervais Elementary, June 27th-30th 2016 by Carrie Peterson

The Tooth Taxi kicked off its summer schedule with a return trip to Gervais Elementary. This was the first stop for our dentist Dr. Amanda Rice and assistant Itzel Magaña. They had a wonderful first patient in Samual. He was an incoming kindergartner who had five cavities. His sweet and cooperative demeanor allowed us to finish all of his treatment and set the tone for what turned out to be a terrific week.

We screened 38 children, 22 of which were return patients from previous years and are happy to report that we saw a slight decrease in the percentage of kids who had work to be done. In our 4 days at Gervais Elementary we were able to provide 18 appointments and $15,319 in dental care.

September 2008-June 30th 2016

• 17,381 students screened
• 18,973 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 9,866 appointments in the van
• $5,623,851 value of free dental care provided

Klamath Falls, Peterson Elementary, May 23rd-27th 2016, by Carrie Peterson

Klamath Falls, Peterson Elementary, May 23rd-27th 2016

Last month the Tooth Taxi made a long drive to Peterson Elementary in Klamath Falls. We didn’t arrive with enough time to screen the kids before they went home for the day so the team got to work setting up the van and entering patient information so we could make the following day flow as efficiently as possible, maximizing patient treatment time.

Our contact here, Joann Staysa did a great job with getting completed paperwork turned in and recruiting volunteers for us. We had a wonderful parent volunteer who was with us every day. We also had and assistant and office manager from Smiles Dental, a local dentist office, come out and help us for a day. We put them to work making oral hygiene kits, helping us to locate students within the school and the assistant even jumped in to help turn over rooms. We love when the community gets involved in our visits.

We found that even though this group of kids were very well insured, many were walking around with pain or active infection and most had not been to a dentist in the last year. During our 3 full treatment days we were able to screen 67 kids, provide 24 treatment appointments that included 19 cleanings, 26 fillings and 16 extractions totaling $18,420 in dental services at no charge to the families.

Kid Quotes:

“I think I know why my Mom signed me up, I have gingivitis.”

Becca asked, “Are you doing anything fun in school?” Patient, “No, third graders don’t get to do anything fun!

September 2008-May 27th 2016
• 17,262 students screened
• 18,973 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 9,793 appointments in the van
• $5,570,588 value of free dental care provided
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