|Prineville, Crook County Middle School September 23 -30
The Tooth Taxi rolled back into Prineville after a five-year absence. Setting up for a week long visit at Crook County Middle School, we were happy to see a familiar face in district nurse Terry Rich. She did a phenomenal job of recruiting students, reaching the children with the most need and the fewest resources.
While our focus was middle school students, we saw a handful of students from two neighboring elementary schools as well as a nearby alternative high school. Two siblings from one of the elementary schools had multiple primary teeth with large amounts of decay, each needing a combination of fillings and extractions. The kids had insurance coverage through the state, but the soonest they could see a dentist was 3 months out. We took care of the teeth causing them discomfort, keeping them out of pain until their appointment. We also had an 11 year old girl who had broken her front tooth prior to her visit to the Tooth Taxi. There was no cavity, but it had been quite cold sensitive and she was self-conscience of how it looked. The team was able to fix the broken tooth as well as provide a cleaning and sealants.
We finished the week with volunteer dentist and DFO board member Dr. Anthony Ramos. Dr. Ramos helped us get a 15 year old girl out of pain. She had missed days of school and been woken up at night due to a severely decayed permanent molar that was beyond the point of being saved. She and her family were very thankful to get the tooth extracted, they did not have dental insurance and were struggling with how they would afford to have it done.
• 37 students screened
• 73% of the children screened needed treatment
• 129 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 32 appointments in the van
• $23,443 value of free dental services provided