|MAY, 29 2012 By MARY DALY
Gilchrist, home of the grizzlies, once again hosted the Tooth Taxi on their last week of school, which meant lots of schedule changes as different grades were out on various field trips. Principal Kevin McDaniel brought the staff Grizzly T-shirts as a thank you.
Gilchrist School K-12 has a school based health center on campus. The medical assistant from the clinic visited the Tooth Taxi. She encounters students with dental needs in the clinic (dental treatment is not provided); in response she was proactive in starting a fluoride varnish program where students receive fluoride every 3 months. Providing preventive measures is a great start and helps to build awareness around good oral health.
This was Chanel Kim's last week on the Tooth Taxi as she prepares to enter dental school. Our new assistant, Andrea Ricter RDH, spent her first week on the road with us seeing new sites in central Oregon and experiencing all the facets of a mobile dental van.
From the kid gallery:
Kindergartner: "I saw the van last night."
"Oh, you must live nearby?"
"No, I'm not from around here. I live in Oregon."
"Are you doing an experiment on his teeth?" – 2nd grader
After cleaning his teeth, a four year old randomly says, "Oh so did you have a nice Easter?"
"Are you going to paint my tooth gold?" –Kindergartner
"They [sugar bugs] know you are tricking them," 4 year old, preschool student says as Dr. McLeod puts on the topical gel.
Realities from the road:
A patient's Grandmother came to ask about the filling that was done on the student the previous day. She told us that even though he goes to a dentist regularly she signed him up for the Tooth Taxi because she knows we educate the students really well about oral hygiene. "I can tell him to brush all the time, but when it comes from home they don't listen. It's different when they hear it from someone else."
Gilchrist Photo Gallery:
55% of students screened needed treatment
45% needed no treatment.
Gilchrist School, Gilchrist, May 29-31, 2012
29 students screened
57 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
22 appointments in the van
$9,088 value of free dental services provided
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – May 31, 2012
11,616 students screened
11,140 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
5,154 students treated in the van
$3,112,765 value of free dental services provided