#41 Finn Rock
November 24, 2014 by Mary Daly

The Tooth Taxi makes history everyday but the scales were tipped on our visit to McKenzie School in Finn Rock where we saw students from K-12 which put us over 8,000 screenings and $4.5 million in donated dental services since 2008. Another milestone reached.

Linda Schaefers of McKenzie River Health Clinic in Blue River requested the Tooth Taxi in 2013, willing to coordinate the visit for the school. As Linda wrote on her request 'We are 45 miles from any dental care!' And if any of you have ever traveled the scenic McKenzie River Highway it is not an easy 45 mile drive. After Lane County identified 40 students from their oral health screening, school nurse Kim Burwell worked hard to get families to turn in the paperwork. Kim shared that, getting 17 is 'great for this area,' seven packets was the initial response. A small school, small turnout, and plenty of need in this area; the Tooth Taxi will keep this site as an option for a return visit.

McKenzie School is a beautiful school that was built in the 1930's and still maintains the original wood flooring and a gym that is floor to ceiling wood paneling. Catherine delivered her winning oral hygiene presentations to all K-5 grades; 94 students were educated about brushing and flossing. Dr. Carneiro ran into a familiar face at McKenzie when he saw a patient of his from Astoria. Nurse Kim invited the team to lunch in the cafeteria, she raved about their salad bar which bears the fruits of vegetables grown at the school.

This small community was welcoming and appreciative of the Tooth Taxi services.

From the kid gallery:
'I know what these teeth are called (pointing to molars) they are for ripping up salad.'

'Why do my teeth vibrate?'

Other notes:
82% of students screened needed treatment
18% needed no treatment.

Finn Rock, McKenzie School, Nov. 24 - 25, 2014
•  17 students screened
•  94 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  15 appointments in the van
•  $9,268 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 ' November 25, 2014
•  15,295 students screened
•  16,257 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  8,006 students treated in the van
•  $4,503,083 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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