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Local children get dental assistance

Posted: Friday, Feb 4th, 2011

The Medical Teams International Dental Van visited Toledo Elementary School on Jan. 24. Pictured from left are Sandy Post, Altrusa; Don Amberg, Toledo Rotary; Denny Sanders, Medical Teams International; Cindy Marshall, dentist from Lebanon; Shelley Lee, retired dental assistant, Toledo; and Jan Springsteen, Altrusa. Not pictured: Steve Wilson, East County Partnership and Edna Abbott, Toledo Rotary Club. (Courtesy photo)

Children at Toledo Elementary School have something to smile about this winter. With the help of community organizations and Medical Teams International, children received critical dental care and dental supplies.

Altrusa International of Yaquina Bay's dental program committee is working with other groups toward a goal of eradicating dental disease in Lincoln County.

On Jan. 24, the Medical Teams International Dental Van spent a day in Toledo. Sponsors of the dental van for this visit to Toledo Elementary School came from Toledo Rotary Club, East County Partnership, Altrusa and a grant from the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contributions Fund. Dentists and dental assistants volunteer their professional services. Cost of bringing the van to Lincoln County is $700 a day.

Dental kits were delivered to Toledo Elementary School, one for every child in grades K-6. Kits include a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, flossers and an information sheet for families. Altrusa members have been assembling 2,600 kits for all K-6 Lincoln County school kids for the past three months, and they are currently being delivered to all elementary schools.

For the complete article see the 02-04-2011 issue.

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