#26 Friends of the Children – Portland
July 29, 2013 by Mary Daly

The Tooth Taxi returned to NE Portland last week for our 3rd summer treating students at Friends of the Children where we see their mission in action:

 To provide our most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy, productive member of the community.

Mentors and parents helped to bring children to the Tooth Taxi.  At Friends of the Children students do not spend the day onsite and we had to make arrangements for every student's transportation. The student's mentors ("Friends") were instrumental in coordinating transportation and scheduling appointments. These mentors made long drives, woke up sleepy kids early in the morning, and even helped one patient find their shoes early in the morning to make it to an appointment on the Tooth Taxi.

Parents who were able to provide transportation came to the Tooth Taxi with their children.
Dr. Moffitt took advantage of the opportunity to teach oral hygiene to the parents as well as the kids. One parent who was vigilant about reminding his kids to brush every night did not know that it is also important to brush in the morning. Dr. Moffitt emphasized the importance of brushing twice a day. This small bit of information will make a big impact on the oral health and dental expenses for this family 

Volunteers:Dr. Kurt Ferré
(The Friends of Creston Children's Dental Clinic)

From the kid gallery-oral hygiene conversations:

Dr. Moffitt: How often do you brush? Every day?

Teenage Patient: Every other day.

Dr. Moffitt: Why did they take that tooth out? Did it turn black?

Patient: No, it turned brown because I keep eating candy.

Patient: We have a cat named Dog. Dog ate our toothbrush.

Dr. Moffitt: Do you floss your teeth ever?

Teenage Patient: No, because I don't know how.

Realities from the road:
Parent: Thank you, that was awesome! Nobody (kids) freaked out, I didn't lose control.
Other notes:
70% of students screened needed treatment
30% needed no treatment.
Portland, Friends of the Children, July 29-Aug. 2, 2013

•  20 students screened
•  0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom (not offered)
•  26 appointments in the van
•  $10,102 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – August 2, 2013

•  13,687 students screened
•  13,383 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  6,590 students treated in the van
•  $3,748,803 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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We Believe Every Child Deserves Quality Dental Care

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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