Fall 2018

The Dental Foundation is excited to be celebrating 10 years of providing oral health care to the most vunerable children in Oregon.
The Tooth Taxi Celebrates 10 Years
By Melody Finnemore
As the state faced a growing oral health care crisis in the mid-2000s, the Dental Foundation of Oregon’s Board of Directors envisioned a mobile dental clinic that could serve uninsured and underserved children in rural areas. They looked to similar models in other states while crafting a unique strategy that would make the Tooth Taxi a welcome sight in communities across the state. Dr. Bill Ten Pas, current president of the foundation’s board, had worked in a mobile clinic in South Dakota and, along with Robert Gootee, knew the concept could work in Oregon, too. “Much of South Dakota is rural and so is Oregon; there was a problem with access to care, the same as Oregon; and they had a high number of children not receiving care and this allowed us to take the care to the children,” he said.

Dr. Weston Heringer Jr. was on the board of the DFO in the spring of 2008 and, as the conversation centered around who would staff it, he thought about how he was using his skills in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Heringer, became the first Tooth Taxi dentist,

Developed in partnership with OEA Choice Trust and Moda Health , the Tooth Taxi provides screenings, cleanings, sealants, X-rays, fillings, minor oral surgery and oral health education. It is supported by donations from foundations, corporations and individuals, and by volunteers from the dental community and local schools who help identify children in need.

Since the launch of the Tooth Taxi the fall of 2008, it has visited more than 400 schools and sites across the state, serving more than 22,000 children while delivering more than $7.1 million in donated dental services. Thank you to our donors and grantors.
Follow the Tooth Taxi
October 15 to October 19
Mid Valley Elementary; Hood River County
October 22 to October 26
Tri City Elementary; Douglas County
October 29 to November 2
Gladstone Center for Children and Families; Clackamas County
November 5 to November 9
Oak Heights Elementary Linn County
November 13 to November 16
Woodburn High School; Marion County
November 26 to November 30
Oakridge Elementary ; Lane County
December 3 to December 7
McKenzie School ; Lane County :
December 10 to December 14
Menlo Park Elementary; Multnomah County
December 17 to December 21
Helensview School; Multnomah County
10th Annual Texas Hold'em Charity Poker Tournament
Sponsored by BnK Construction, Inc. and Columbia Bank
Moda Plaza Building, 10505 SE 17th Avenue, Milwaukie, OR 97222
4:00 PM Check-in (Training Table)
5:00 PM Dinner, Drinks & Poker begins
January 19, 2019
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 like the Tooth Taxi. $25 buy-in gets you into the tournament, and a $100 donation to the DFO is strongly suggested.  $125,000 has been raised since 2009, our first tourament.
The Dental Foundation of Oregon
8699 S.W. Sun Place
Wilsonville, OR 97070