|Veneta, Veneta Elementary November 7 -11
The Tooth Taxi recently visited one of our favorite locations, Veneta Elementary. The school staff, volunteers and community members are always incredibly gracious to our staff and thankful for the services that we can provide to their students.
During our first visit to this school in 2013, 84% of the kids screened needed treatment, 27% of those were experiencing pain or had an active infection. Three years and six visits later 45% of the kids screened needed treatment with only 12% had pain or infection. This is a huge improvement and a testament to the importance of the Tooth Taxi making regular return visits to high need areas.
We shared our screening day with a hygienist from Lane County. She identified several children who had high needs and had not initially signed up for services. The school reached out to those families and could get a quick turnaround on the paperwork so we able to see some of the children. One of whom, was a young lady who had several teeth causing her pain, we got her in, extracted one of the teeth bothering her and do some fillings. The next day I saw her on the playground and she came up and gave me a hug. When I asked her how the area where we took out her tooth was feeling she replied, “So much better! When can I come out and have the others that are hurting me taken care of?” We brought her out that afternoon and she was ecstatic to have two additional teeth extracted and more fillings done. All she kept saying was thank you.
“I like broccoli, I don’t have any cavities because I eat broccoli hard.” Kindergartner
• 47 students screened
• 23 appointments in the van
• $19,619 value of free dental services provided
September 2008-November 11th 2016
• 18,006 students screened
•19,351 students received oral hygiene education in the classroom
• 10 ,243 appointments in the van
• $5,890,383 value of free dental care provided