#14 Metolius Elementary
April 20-24, 2015 by Carrie Peterson

The Tooth Taxi rolled into sunny Central Oregon to visit Metolius Elementary which is about 4 miles outside of Madras. We were greeted by Jamie Smith, district nurse and OEA Choice Trust board member. He was a huge help to us this week during screenings and helping to coordinate student treatment.

As we continue to look for a permanent Tooth Taxi dentist we are relying on volunteers. I really need to give credit where credit is due because in Metolius we had some wonderful dentists with us without whom we would not have been able to make this week happen.

We welcomed new volunteer Dr. Mike Olin from Redmond. His joking nature and genuine interest in the kids really made them feel comfortable. We hope to have him back out with us soon.

Dr. Jan Peterson, DFO Board member and retired dentist from Corvallis, also continued her commitment to improving children's oral health by volunteering three days with us this week. Her continued support of this program does not go unnoticed and we were so thankful to have her with us.

We wrapped up the week with Dr. Ben Crockett from Sisters who so kindly gives his time to us whenever we are in Central Oregon. The kids always respond well to his gentle and easy going nature. This allowed us to complete treatment on kids who otherwise would not have had a chance to be seen.

The kids here were amazing as well. All of them were respectful and well behaved. One 1st grade boy in particular captured the heart of the entire Tooth Taxi team. He had some pretty extensive dental needs and when he sat in the chair and was asked if any of his teeth hurt him, he pointed to a molar on the upper left. This tooth had a large cavity that had gone into the nerve and infected the tooth. The dentist explained that we would need to take that tooth out in order to get him out of pain. Needless to say this boy was not terribly excited at the idea of getting numb and having his tooth taken out. He was very cooperative but there were tears shed and fear about how we were going to get the tooth out. The dentist extracted the tooth without the boy even knowing it was out. When we told him the tooth was out his first reaction was "Yes! That tooth can't hurt me anymore!" The tears were quickly replaced with relief. Before he left the van he gave each of us a hug and a thank you. The following day his teachers also came out to thank us. The boy had been in pain during class on multiple occasions and unable to concentrate on his reading.

Dr. Jan Peterson
Dr. Mike Olin
Dr. Ben Crockett

Judy Edgerly from the Dental Foundation of Oregon

Other notes:
52% of students screened needed treatment
48% needed no treatment.

April 20th-April 24th, 2015
•  39 students screened
•  38 appointments in the van
•  190 children received oral hygiene presentations in the classroom
•  $15,849 value of free dental services provided

September 2008-April 24th, 2015
•  16,326 students screened
•  16,920 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•  8,458 appointments in the van
•  $4,757,393 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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