Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58But the Care Mobile is well-equipped for most children’s needs. The staff can examine and clean their teeth, take X-rays, give fluoride treatments, and fill cavities. Ms. Gelinas oversees seven people—two dentists, a dental hygienist, two dental assistants, an office assistant, and the Care Mobile driver. Sometimes, Ms. Gelinas herself works in the Care Mobile because she also is a dental hygienist. Being in charge of the Care Mobile enables her to achieve goals that matter to her. “I believe in preventing disease,” she says. “I want to keep children healthy.” Her team gives dental care to about 3,000 children a year. About half of them visit the Care Mobile twice a year. As Ms. Gelinas points out, all people should have a dental checkup every six months. The Care Mobile has treated more than 16,000 children and reduced dental disease in the com- munity, she says. In the past ten years, she says, the number of children with untreated cavities has significantly declined in all age groups. Having healthier teeth helps make people healthier overall. Over time, tooth decay can lead to serious problems such as infections and even heart attacks, Ms. Gelinas says. She says an important part of her team’s job is to educate children about healthy dental habits. Ms. Gelinas offers these tips: Get the leftover food off your teeth. Brush twice a day. Floss your teeth at least once a day. Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking. And does Ms. Gelinas follow her own advice? Absolutely, she says. “I practice what I preach.” — By Nikauly Fabian, Jaime Neris, Bahyyah Pone, Valerie Rosa, and the fifth grade Healthy Hero staff St. Veronica School 17 Illustration by Justin Holmes, AMY Northwest Healthy Bulldog