#14 Silver Lake
April 15, 2013 by Mary Daly

A few surprises on the road to Silver Lake in South Central Oregon: a snowstorm as they headed out of La Pine, a cattle drive on the road, and great views of surrounding mountains Table & Fort Rock. 

Parked at North Lake School – Home of the Cowboys, the Tooth Taxi was a busy place with 83% of the 29 North Lake School students needing treatment, and several students needed immediate attention due to toothaches or infections. Many students need to drive into Bend to be able to see a dentist and therefore they are unable to have regular dental appointments.

One teacher explained how the students who were returning to class were excited to tell their story about the dentist. The attentive students in the classrooms were also eager to hear their stories, and the teacher encouraged the positive discussion.

The Tooth Taxi staff took an evening field trip down a back road to a local landmark called Crack in the Ground. It was a fun detour to see the 70 foot deep crack that stretches across Oregon's high desert terrain for 2 miles.

From Lakeview visit www.lakecountyexam.com
The Tooth Taxi team saw the author of the Tooth Taxi story at The Feed Barn in Christmas Valley; their nightly dinner spot.

From the kid gallery:
When Catherine asked what one boy did for fun, he replied that
he likes to catches lizards.

Other notes:
83% of students screened needed treatment
17% needed no treatment.

Silver Lake, North Lake School, April 15-18, 2013

•  29 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
(due to compressed week they were not offered)
•  28 appointments in the van
•  $10,859 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – April 18, 2013

•  13,183 students screened
•  12,862 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,279 students treated in the van
•  $3,590,141 value of free dental services provided

#1 De Paul Alternative High School
#2 Veneta
#3 Aloha-Reedsville Elementary
#4 Helensview Alternative High School
#6 Springfield Riverbend Elementary
#7 Woodburn and the Capitol Dental Day
#8 Seaside Broadway Middle School & Seaside High School
#9 Portland Rigler Elementary
#10 East Sutherlin Primary
#11 South Umpqua High School
#12 Portland's DePaul Alternative High School
#13 Newberg's Edwards Elementary
#14 Metolius Elementary
#15 Portland, Sitton Elementary
#16 Portland, Earl Boyles Elementary
#17 Gervais, Gervais Elementary
#18 & #19 Hillsboro Migrant Programs
#20 Friends of the Children
#21 Molalla Elementary
#22 De Paul Alternative High School
#23 Salem Boys and Girls Club
#24 & 25 S. Umpqua High & Tri County Elementary
#26 Aumsville Elementary
#27 Estacada SBHC
#28 & #29 Oregon Coast
#30 Reynolds High School
#31 & #32 Klammath Falls

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