June 24, 2013 by Mary Daly
Working evenings Tooth Taxi staff provided services at Hillsboro's Glencoe High School summer school migrant program, treating the migrant workers from the camps and local students. Our translator Luis was busy every day as we saw many students who are in the process of learning English.
Jake, Tooth Taxi assistant sums up the experience:
"Dyed purple by blackberries and scraped by adjacent thorns, the hard working hands of the migrant workers were easily identified. Aboard the Tooth Taxi our translator, Luis, was key to successful communication, but the students graciously offered the English words, "Thank you" every time they walked out the door. Local students in the summer school program also visited the Tooth Taxi.
One patient was pleased to tell us today that he made 125 dollars picking blackberries. He picked 500 lbs of blackberries at 25 cents per pound. This is an impressive amount of work, a hard day's labor."
Amanda Black, RDH
Amanda volunteered for her second week in a row. Because of her good work last week, we arranged appointments with students who needed laborious cleanings and extensive oral hygiene instruction. One student admitted that he never brushes or flosses his teeth and another student required what Amanda said was one of the most extensive cleanings she had ever provided. Thanks Amanda!
Realities from the road:
One migrant worker who visited the Tooth Taxi after a day of harvesting blackberries said, through our translator, that the injection hurt less than the thorns of the blackberry bushes.
With short evenings and a short week for the Fourth of July holiday many of the students still had untreated decay when we wrapped up. With their schedule of moving regularly as the harvests are ready there are not follow up resources for them. Knowing this the staff provided as much treatment as possible in the short timeframe.
69% of students screened needed treatment
31% needed no treatment.
We gave 10 family toothbrush packs to be delivered to families at the migrant camp; these kits included toothbrushes for adults and kids, toothpaste, and floss. The kits were provided by the toothbrush/toothpaste/floss drive that Sonja Stark created as part of her Independent Learning Project at school. Thanks Sonja!!!
Hillsboro, Glencoe High School, June 24-27, 2013
Hillsboro, Glencoe High School, July 1-3, 2013
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