|Hawthorne Elementary, Sweet Home
January 25 – 28, 2016 by Carrie Peterson
The Tooth Taxi returned to Sweet Home in January. Heidi Lewis, the district school nurse, did a great job of identifying and reaching out to the families of children who were struggling to get their dental needs met. Of the 32 kids we screened 72% needed treatment. Given the need here we were grateful that Dr. Helen Lester and her assistant, Jackie Gaskill, drove over from Eugene to volunteer with us for a morning, allowing 4 additional children to get their treatment completed. During our four days at the school we were able to provide 29 appointments, over $19,000 in dental care and 140 children received oral hygiene presentations in their classroom.
Central Linn Elementary, Halsey
February 1 – 5, 2016 by Carrie Peterson
This was the Tooth Taxi’s first return visit to Central Linn Elementary since 2008. We got the opportunity to use our wheelchair lift this week to bring aboard a student who, due to his disabilities, has a difficult time keeping his teeth clean. Dr. Karli was able to remove all of the tarter build up and leave him with a much healthier mouth. He was all smiles during his cleaning, happy to be on the van and enjoying the attention that Dr. Karli and Catherine were able to give him.
Dr. Jan Peterson, a frequent Tooth Taxi volunteer, joined us on Wednesday, helping to complete treatment on a number of students. Thursday, hygienist Molly Morse with The Albany Boys and Girls Club, gave several students cleanings and sealants. With the help of these volunteers, we were able to provide 40 appointments on the van and $20,400 in dental care. 66 preschoolers also received oral hygiene education in their classroom.
Helen Lester, DDS
Janet Peterson, DMD
Molly Morse, RDH
September 2008-February 5th 2016
• 17,251 students screened
• 18,237 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 9,361 appointments in the van
• $5,295,500 value of free dental services provided