|Feb, 21 2012 By Mary Daly
Cottage Grove located at the southern end of the Willamette Valley hosted the Tooth Taxi at Harrison Elementary School. Nurse Staci Chambers did a great job coordinating our visit and helping with students. At the end of the week the team received a lovely thank you and school sweatshirts for all from the Principal and the district office.
A note from Staci Chambers RN: "I am still getting compliments on your staff and the care they provided. What a wonderful service. Thank you so much!"
Three high school students helped out with the screening and escorting students.
Dr. Michael Lacey from Eugene with assistants Marie Real and Angela Raade.
Superintendent Krista Parent and Secretary Julie
Harrison Elementary Principal Ali Nice Frank Simpson from the Oregon Community Foundation.
From the kid gallery:
Dr. McLeod: "You need to brush those new front teeth well." Patient: "Those are kind of old."
When Catherine was taking x-rays and showed the student the film he replied: "I don't like those kind of chips."
Realities from the road:
What screenings can reveal; a young student opened her mouth and to the shock of Dr. McLeod there was a cauliflower soft tissue mass that caused the left side of her jaw to be swollen 2-3 times the size of the right side. This little girl had never been to the dentist. She had not complained about it and no one was aware of it, not even Mom. Dr. McLeod and the Nurse worked to get an appointment for her with an oral surgeon. It was an appalling discovery.
46% of students screened needed treatment
54% needed no treatment.
Harrison Elementary School, February 21-24, 2012
•48 students screened
•0 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•27 students treated in the van
•$15,711 value of free dental services provided.
Tooth Taxi, September 4, 2008 – February 24, 2012
•11,062 students screened
•10,050 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
•4,667 students treated in the van
•$2,886,534 value of free dental services provided.