Tooth Truck volunteers are referred to as “Dental Care Advocates” because they help instill in our young patients that they have the power to maintain good oral health. Dental Care Advocates are influential in building patients’ self esteem and giving them the confidence to take care of their beautiful new smiles.
Our Tooth Truck volunteers escort children from their classrooms to the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile for diagnosis and treatment, one child at a time. Volunteers also wait with the child before treatment, often spending time creating artwork, reading, and/or assisting with homework. Volunteers also ensure that dental hygiene supplies are provided to the child. They help give one-on-one instruction to teach proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition, volunteers may also contact the child’s parents and/or guardians to confirm after-school appointments, help process patient applications and sterilize dental instruments.
Volunteers usually commit one to two volunteer shifts a month, with shifts being from 8:30am-12:00pm or from 12:00pm-4:30pm. These times may vary depending on the start time and lunch times of individual schools.