|Apr, 02 2012 By Mary Daly
We met Lydia Galan in 2009 when she was a senior at Madras high school. Interested in dental assisting and dental hygiene she spent some time on the Tooth Taxi observing while we were at a Madras Elementary School. Last week in Culver Lydia spent three days with us, assisting Catherine on the portable unit and providing oral hygiene presentations to elementary and middle school students. Since we last connected with Lydia, she has pursued her first goal finishing dental assisting school. Lydia is targeting hygiene next. Lydia was thrilled to get some hand-on experience with the Tooth Taxi and we were grateful to have her help.
This was our first visit to Culver, where the Elementary, Middle, and High School all share one campus making it easy for us to see students from all three schools. We had great support from the school and had parent volunteers to help escort students. Also, the school janitors washed the van for us at night, a first! After a snowy, slushy trip over Mt. Hood the van was quite dirty by the time we arrived in Culver. A clean van to shine with the wonderful spring snowstorm we had.
Congratulations to Catherine,our staff assistant who received her sealant certification. Catherine's new certifications, enthusiasm and skill provides needed services to students that otherwise may not be seen. Catherine is getting a lot of mileage out of our portable unit.
Dr. Joshua Moffitt spent the week with us as our main dentist, experiencing life on the road with the team and the Tooth Taxi.
Lydia Galan, Assistant
Dr. Mark E. Jensen, ODS Board Member
The Tooth Taxi story was published 4/11; Read all about it: The Madras Pioneer.
From the kid gallery:
1st grader: "Can I touch my silver tooth tomorrow?
Doctor: "Yes, and you need to brush it."
1st Grader: "Yeah, so it doesn't get rusty."
"I brushed just how you told me to." (Student in hallway when she saw Lydia who gave an oral hygiene presentation to her class).
Realities from the road:
A dad came by the Tooth Taxi to pick up his children after school. His daughter was being treated and his son, the little brother was waiting. His son lit up when Dad came in, he gave him a tour of the van showing him how the chair works, the button for the x-rays, the cartoons playing on the ceiling. It was delightful to watch. Dad thanked us for what we were doing; he doesn't have any teeth, he tells his kids how important it is to brush so they don't end up like him.
A school janitor told me her granddaughter was so excited about our visit, her granddaughter kept telling her about all she learned and was so excited about her oral hygiene kit. She lives near the school and everyday she'd look to see if the Tooth Taxi was still there. Grandma said: "Thank you very much."
54% of students screened needed treatment
46% needed no treatment.
Culver Elementary, Middle School & High School, April 2-6, 2012
•56 students screened
•189 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•60 appointments in the van
•$18,023 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – April 6, 2012
•11,304 students screened
•10,583 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,923 students treated in the van
•$2,993,225 value of free dental services provided.