|Mar, 12 2012 By Mary Daly
A wet and stormy week! The Tooth Taxi visited Brookings, Oregon's Southernmost Coastal City, just a few miles North of California. On our journey from Portland the Tooth Taxi and pace car drove through a fierce coastal storm battling strong wind gusts and torrents of rain. At times we were afraid we'd be blown into the Pacific. That weather remained with us most of the week at Kalmiopsis Elementary School. Kalmiopsis comes from Kalmiopsis leachiana, a unique shrub that is a relic of the pre-ice age.
Willing parent volunteers helped to escort students, always with a smile in the worst weather conditions. When we found out that parent volunteer Sara Adamek, is a hygienist, we put her to work on our portable unit.
Newspaper/Press: Read about the Tooth Taxi in the Coastal Curry Pilot
From the kid gallery:
"I finally got my own floss." 1st grader
"How do dogs clean their teeth?" 1st grader
Realities from the road:
"My Mom couldn't afford to buy me a toothbrush, but now I live with my Grandma, she adopted me."
"I used to have bad toothaches & stuff, I'm glad they're gone." 3rd grader after 2 extractions and a filling; it was her 1st time at the dentist.
Student was enrolled in OHP in June 2011 (brought us the letter) but he hadn't been to a dentist yet.
98% of students screened needed treatment (students were pre-screened by "Ready to Smile" program)
2% needed no treatment.
Brookings, Kalmiopsis Elementary School, March 13 – March 15, 2012
•46 students screened
•96 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•33 students treated in the van
•$18,570 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – March 15, 2012
•11,153 students screened
•10,303 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 4,805 students treated in the van
•$2,942,557 value of free dental services provided.