|Mar, 05 2012 By Mary Daly
The Tooth Taxi rolled into Hillsboro to finish up treatment on students that were identified at our short visit in January. We had a lot of volunteer help to reach this goal, completing treatment on 46 students. The teachers appreciate the services their students receive, this from a first grade teacher:
Mrs. Dill said, "Who can I write to, to thank for all this work? I just like that these kids get services. I want to write and say don't stop what you're doing! It's really great."
A group of veteran volunteers were with us including:
Dr. Michelle Stafford with assistant Savina Rosales
Dan Reynolds, Pre-dent student.
Dr. Andrea Beltzner
Dr. James Goertz, his wife Elaine and son Jake.
From the kid gallery:
"Is my tongue still there?" A numb student opened her mouth and stuck out her tongue after treatment.
"In the summer I kicked my brother's tooth out in the swimming pool and we couldn't find it and the tooth fairy still brought money to my Dads house.
"I went to California and brushed my teeth before breakfast and it made the food taste bad."
Realities from the road:
Chanel asked a Kindergartner, "What do you help with around the house?"
"When my mom says it's time to eat, I put out the spoons and the napkins."
Chanel: "Wow you know how to do that?"
"Yeah, and the soda!!!"
Dan Reynolds joined us and assisted Catherine who was treating students in the school on the portable unit. They asked a student about her brushing habits, she said: "Every couple days, that's all they need."
Hillsboro, Lincoln St. Elementary School, March 5 – March 9, 2012
•0 students screened
•82 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•67 students treated in the van
•$21,490 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – March 9, 2012
•11,107 students screened
•10,207 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,772 students treated in the van
•$2,923,987 value of free dental services provided.