Membership Matters - December 2017 - 26

D E N TA L
F O U N D AT I O N
OF OREGON

By Andrew Zufall,
Dental Assistant

The Tooth Taxi Visits
the Community
Transitional School
WORKING WITH KIDS IS WHAT MAKES
ME LOVE MY JOB with the Tooth Taxi. Their
funny questions, love of the prize box, and
high-fives in the hallways make it a lot of fun.
Because of this experience, I've put a lot of
value on the child-focused mission of the
Tooth Taxi.
Our visit to the Community Transitional
School in Northeast Portland made an
impact on children who are struggling with
homelessness and the insecurities that come
with that situation. A parent came to pick up
her three children from school and was so
thankful for the care we had provided for her
family. She told us that she didn't own a car,
so getting around is challenging for her. The
family is without dental insurance, and the
kids have not been able to see a dentist in
over a year, but thanks to the Tooth Taxi they
all were able to receive the care they needed.
The daughter had a badly decayed tooth
that had to be removed before it became
infected. Both boys needed several fillings
on teeth that had been impacting their ability
to eat. The whole family left the Tooth Taxi
happy and healthier than when they arrived.

Andrew Zufall, left, and Dr. Sita Ping with a Tooth Taxi patient.
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The same situation applies to nearly
every student we have seen this week. The
work we do is life-changing, and we reach
more children because we are able to be
on-site where the kids are in school. This
removes the challenge of transportation
for these families. I'm thankful we helped
these children and glad to be reminded
that part of what makes this program so
special is our ability to go where the need
is and help children who wouldn't receive
care otherwise.
Please get involved with The Dental
Foundation, and join us for our
fun events.
* Willamette Week's Give!Guide
November 2 through
December 31, 2017 - Look for the
Willamette Week's Give!Guide and
encourage your patients, friends and family
to donate. https://giveguide.org/#!/
section:nonprofits,category:
health,org:toothtaxi.
* BnK/DFO Texas Hold'em Annual Poker
Tournament January 27, 2018
Join us for a good old fashion Texas
Hold'em Poker Tournament complete
with dinner, drinks and prizes. Proceeds
go to support The Dental Foundation
of Oregon programs such as the Tooth
Taxi. A $25 buy-in gets you into the
tournament, and a $100 donation
to the DFO is strongly suggested.
Register for the tournament online at
http://bit.ly/2018BnKTexasHoldem.
* Motor Mouth Car Raffle - Raffle sales
have started, and tickets are $45. The
raffle winner will be chosen at the Oregon
Dental Conference April 7, 2018, at
12:45 p.m. This year, we are raffling a 2018
Toyota Camry and a 2018 Toyota Rav4
AWD. Thank you to Gresham Toyota for
providing the cars. Purchase tickets online
at http://bit.ly/2goq06Z.
Oregon Dental Association


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Membership Matters - December 2017

From the Editor
New Members, Board Highlights
Events and Education
ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - intro
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover1
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover2
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 3
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 4
Membership Matters - December 2017 - From the Editor
Membership Matters - December 2017 - New Members, Board Highlights
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 7
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 8
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 9
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 10
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Events and Education
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 12
Membership Matters - December 2017 - ODA Member Benefit of the Month: UPS
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Compliance Corner: Requesting Patient Records
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Advocacy in Action: Oregon Action for Dental Health — Listening and Learning
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 16
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Through the Loupes: Peer Review Council Spotlight
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 18
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dr. Rickland Asai Sees Oregon as a National Leader
Membership Matters - December 2017 - OHSU Considering Changes to Curriculum Based on Shifts in Dentistry
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 21
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 22
Membership Matters - December 2017 - High School Programs Attract Next Generation of Oral Health Professionals
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Airway Trumps Occlusion, Periodontics, Decay and Everything
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 25
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Dental Foundation of Oregon: The Tooth Taxi Visits the Community Transitional School
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 27
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 28
Membership Matters - December 2017 - 29
Membership Matters - December 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Membership Matters - December 2017 - cover3
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