|SEP, 17 2012 By MARY DALY
Sixty-two screenings revealed significant need in the elementary students of the Chiloquin community. All teachers and volunteers at the school were very grateful for our work, the Tooth Taxi team received phenomenal reviews from patients and nearly all the students eagerly awaited their appointments.
One patient left class and returned to the Tooth Taxi shortly after his appointment simply to tell Dr. Moffitt, "What you did was awesome!" He stopped by again just to say hello, and again at the end of the day to introduce his mom.
Chiloquin, population 700 is located north of Klamath Falls and just south of Crater Lake. Small towns don't always have the services of a bigger city but still have their own gems. Table (the local restaurant) served up good food at reasonable prices. A great used bookstore helped to make up for the fact that only one TV station was available.
There is a totally great used bookstore in Chiloquin that you really must visit. Fair prices, huge selection, and unique owner. When we got there the door was open and there was a printed sign that said open but all the lights were off. Couldn't see a darn thing in amongst the rows and rows of books, books in every cranny, but no one seemed to be around. It was both spooky and cool all at once. After a bit of hollering to see if anyone was home, the owner came out and turned the lights on for us. He said he was conserving electricity. There were even books stacked up in the bathroom.
Lots of help from SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) volunteers and from the community. One volunteer suggested that we should be the Tooth Ferry – with our schedule of transporting and moving to different schools each week.
From the kid gallery:
"I've got a small mouth, but you would think it would be big with all the time that I talk."
58% of students screened needed treatment
42% needed no treatment.
Chiloquin, Chiloquin Elementary School Sept. 17-19, 2012
62 students screened
24 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
16 appointments in the van
$11,002 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – September 19, 2012
12,211 students screened
11,892 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
5,492 students treated in the van
$3,276,090 value of free dental services provided.