|#23 Oakridge 2012
|JUN, 04 2012 By MARY DALY
The gorgeous mountains surrounding Oakridge were swathed in a ribbon of fog for much of our visit. One afternoon while at school we were treated to a thunder and lightning storm which produced a few screams from students. And rain!
We had a new venue to add to our list of unique locations for oral health screenings – the PE teacher's office, walls lined with unicycles!
This was our third year to visit Oakridge on their last full week of school and we are seeing the impact of yearly care, improvement in oral health and diminished need. This community really appreciates our services; we already have a site visit request on file from Principal Tamara Skordahl for next year and this note from school superintendent Don Kordosky:
Thank you to all for providing this service. The children of Oakridge/Westfir are denied health care access through no fault of their own. The geographic isolation and the poverty of the community has made it almost impossible for many of our neediest to acquire adequate health care – including dental.
Your continuing support for these students is appreciated more than can be expressed.
Donald L. Kordosky, Ed. D.
Superintendent, Oakridge School District
It is terrific to have so much volunteer help, completing treatment on 29 students!
Dr. Ivan Paskalev & Edna Hartgenbush came from Eugene to help out.
Dr. James Goertz, wife Elaine and son Jake are regular volunteers when we visit Oakridge. They get to help the kids and visit their son John. John works at the local fish hatchery and gives tours to the elementary school kids.
Photos from Oakridge:
Retired Endodontist Dr. Robert "Bob" Dunning happened to spot the Tooth Taxi when he was driving through town. Bob was surprised to see this colorful mobile RV and was intrigued enough to stop by to see what we were all about. After practicing in California and Portland he's happy to be back in Oakridge for retirement; a local advocate in the community. Bob visited a second time to show us pictures of his bit of Eden in the mountains and his family of elk. The team had a fabulous dinner at Lee's Chinese restaurant in town compliments of Dr. Dunning. Thank you Bob!
Dead Mountain Echo, Oakridge's weekly newspaper visited, we'll look for a story later this week.
Closer to home Tualatin Life featured ADI and the mobile clinics they build, including the Tooth Taxi:
From the kid gallery:
"I got $2 from the tooth fairy and I found 50 cents in my backpack, she must have left it there."
From a teacher – "Thank you for coming back; you do a lot of good for the kids."
Oral hygiene presentation:
"Does juice have sugar in it?" Student: "No! it has apples in it!"
"When I went to the dentist they put yummy stuff on my teeth, it tasted like bubble gum."
"Going to the Tooth Taxi is like going to the eye dr. but the eye dr. doesn't have cartoons."
"This is like the dentist" (a kinder in the patient chair)
4 yr old pointing to his lip: "What's this?"
Realities from the road:
Dr.: "Do you brush your teeth every day?" Patient: "Well, I can't, sometimes we don't have toothbrushes."
40% of students screened needed treatment (in 2010 is was 58%, in 2011 56%)
60% needed no treatment.
Oakridge Elementary, June 4 -7, 2012
55 students screened
155 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
47 appointments in the van
$23,061 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – June 7, 2012
11,671 students screened
11,295 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
5,201 students treated in the van
$3,135,826 value of free dental services provided.