|The Tooth Taxi was at Madras Primary School in Madras for Halloween – Dracula and Elvis visited the school! On top of Halloween, Friday was hat day and in each class students wore a fun assortment of hats.
High school student, Lauren Simmons, who is interested in a career in dentistry, spent time on the van observing treatment.
This was our third year to provide oral hygiene instruction to teen parents at the Madras high school. Assistant, Catherine Johnson, met with three teen Moms, whose children are ages 6 weeks, 6 months and 18 months. She started with their own oral hygiene and progressed to health and nutrition.
Catherine used much of the information from our First Tooth Training: proper brushing, bottle decay, and pictures of teeth in different stages of decay. What shocked them the most was the pictures of how fast the teeth can decay and how they look with the bottle decay. Prevention is the first step, so it is great to be able to connect with these young Moms.
Debbie Stumbaugh from MTI provided cleanings on the portable unit. Dr. Ben Crockett and assistant Judy Sims also returned this week for their 2nd volunteer stint in Deschutes County.
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From the kid gallery:
About the suction: "It's like a tornado!"
60% of students screened needed treatment
40% needed no treatment.
Madras Primary School Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2012
• 62 students screened
• 53 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 60 appointments in the van
• $17,685 value of free dental services provided.