Again and again, the dentists, dental assistants, staff and volunteers aboard the Tooth Truck have seen children come in with decaying teeth and leave with beautiful smiles. We are proud to share a few stories about our amazing patients.
Nicole is a gorgeous young teenager that we met during one of our stays at the Missouri Hotel. At 14 years old, she presented as a shy young lady that tended to keep her hand up over her mouth when speaking. It didn’t take long to figure out why; of the 28 adult teeth in her mouth, 26 of them had cavities. Nicole’s treatment plan required 7 appointments and included large, multi-surface, composite fillings on all 26 teeth that had decay. Despite the long time in the dental chair, she never complained and always thanked the staff at the end of each visit. Additionally, Nicole came to each visit with a progressively cleaner mouth – showing us that she was indeed working on making sure she didn’t get any more cavities. Nicole’s transformation from a mouth she was embarrassed of to one she was proud to show off really showed that the mission of the Tooth Truck to not only improve oral health, but also to improve self-esteem is alive and thriving. The value of Nicole’s treatment was a staggering $6,179.
Cesar is a vivacious little boy that came to the Tooth Truck through the Douglas Headstart program. While English is not his first language, a smile is universal and Cesar was fluent in both smiles and giggles. At age 4, he came to us with 20 baby teeth – 16 of which had cavities. His treatment required 7 appointments and included 13 crowns (3 of which needed baby root canals) and 3 extractions due to unrestorable decay. Through all of his appointments, Cesar came to the Tooth Truck with a smile that seemed to get bigger with each tooth that was fixed. While it is devastating to our staff to see a patient as young as Cesar with so much oral disease, the reward of giving him a cavity free smile was heartwarming to us all. The value of Cesar’s treatment was $3,635.