#44 Sweet Home
November 12, 2012 By Mary Daly
Sweet Home School District was the first Tooth Taxi school visit when we started in September, 2008. This rural area in Linn County continues to have students with high needs for dental services. Nurses Joan Pappin and Heidi Lewis kept a steady flow of students to the Tooth Taxi. Parked at Hawthorne Elementary we also saw students from Foster and Oak Heights Elementary.

New volunteers to the Tooth Taxi:

Lee Porter, RDH served students from the portable unit set up in the school.
Dr. Geoffrey Berg and dental assistant Desiree Chiafino

Principal Augstadt visited the Tooth Taxi to thank the team and gave them their own Hawthorne Hornets t-shirts.

From the kid gallery:
One child, after listening to Dr. Moffitt explain the benefits of tooth vitamins (fluoride) exclaimed to a classmate, "Then you can bite hard stuff like popsicles!"

Realities from the road:
Kids were excited to come aboard the Tooth Taxi. Successful treatment for some anxious kids who were hesitant to cooperate initially, but who left the Tooth Taxi with a positive view of going to the dentist.

Other notes:
71% of students screened needed treatment
29% needed no treatment.

Sweet Home, Hawthorne Elementary School, Nov. 13 -16 & Nov. 19 - 21, 2012

• 56 students screened
• 0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 47 appointments in the van
• $17,067 value of free dental services provided.

Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – November 21, 2012

• 12,611 students screened
• 12,311 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 5,813 students treated in the van
$3,390,738 value of free dental services provided

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