|Mar, 19 2012 By Mary Daly
Gold Beach is a small town located at the point where the Rogue River meets the Pacific Ocean with lots of things to do and see; nature hikes, whale watching, jet boat rides. However, the Tooth Taxi seems to have arrived here on the rainiest week of the year! Welcomed by the roaring ocean waves and windy downpours, the staff was happy to stay inside the somewhat warm and dry Tooth Taxi to focus on treating the kindergarten through 8th grade students at Riley Creek School.
We were lucky to have three very helpful parent volunteers: Shelly, Jennifer, and Summer. Thanks ladies for all your support in Gold Beach!
From the kid gallery:
"You guys are really nice," a surprised 5th grader said after treatment.
"I got a cavity because my parents broke up and my mom reminds me to brush, but when I go to my dads he doesn't," 1st grader
"Oh, this is just like the dentist," a patient says during treatment
"Could you please play the movie!!" – impatient patient excited to watch Tom and Jerry.
Oral Hygiene Presentations:
"Thank you and thanks so much to ODS for what you guys do. We really appreciate what you do for our kids." 3rd grade teachers
Realities from the road:
"Well, I'm actually going to the dentist tomorrow to get that filling fixed!" -2nd grader says. Later that week we found out his mother had an unexpected surgery and the student's dentist appointment had been canceled. Hearing that his mother's recovery from surgery would make it difficult for the student to get his dental care done any time soon, we were able to see that student to take care of some of his dental needs.
58% of students screened needed treatment (students were pre-screened by "Ready to Smile" program)
42% needed no treatment.
Gold Beach, Riley Creek School, March 19 – March 22, 2012
•66 students screened
•91 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•27 students treated in the van
•$17,515 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – March 22, 2012
•11,219 students screened
•10,394 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,832 students treated in the van
•$2,960,072 value of free dental services provided.