KGW Tooth Kits for Kids

KGW NewsChannel 8, Willamette Dental Group, and Volunteers of America Oregon have teamed up to provide Tooth Kits for Kids.

A $5 donation provides children with everything needed to get them on their way to a healthy smile.

DONATE TODAY and the Oregon Community Foundation will generously MATCH the first $2,500 in gifts.

What is proactive dental care?

Proactive dental care builds on two fundamental

beliefs; that healthy teeth should last a lifetime

and that proper care doesn't always mean

invasive treatment.

What can I do to improve the health of my mouth? More important than any treatment you receive in the dental office, your personal, daily efforts to improve your teeth gums, and diet contribute to life-long oral health. This includes brushing, flossing, prioritizing good nutrition, minimizing soda consumption, controlling your risk for diabetes and heart disease, and generally loving your mouth.

For kids, healthy habits that start
early will last a lifetime.

Give your kids the advantage of smart dental habits from the very start. Here are some helpful tips about preventive care for children, from infancy through adolescence.

Bottle Feeding.
After bottle feeding, always use a damp washcloth or gauze to gently clean your baby's mouth. If your baby sleeps with a bottle, don't fill it with anything except water.

Cleaning and brushing
Start cleaning your child's teeth with water as soon as they begin to come in. For children under two, brush their teeth with a light smear of toothpaste on a soft child's toothbrush. At two to three years, use a pea-sized amount of toothpaste. Once children reach six or seven years of age, they can begin brushing their own teeth, with parental supervision.

Once your child's teeth begin to touch each other, a toothbrush won't be enough to reach the spaces between teeth that's when you start flossing. Children should be able to floss their own teeth at age 10.

First Dental Appointment
Schedule your child's first dental appointment at around six months of age, or whenever teeth begin to come in. Most children receive a cleaning, depending on the dentist's assessment and recommendations.

What To Watch Out For
Keep an eye out for white or brown spots on your child's teeth these could be signs of decay. Also look for signs of redness and bleeding in the gums. If you notice either of these symptoms, talk to your child's dentist.

Eating Habits
Strictly limit your child's intake of sugary foods and drinks like sodas, cookies, and candy these are not only bad for your child's overall health, but especially bad for teeth. Even some healthy foods that are good for your body may not be good for teeth. For example, raisins and other dried fruits are very sugary and they stick to your teeth, so be sure your child brushes immediately after eating them.

Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions from our patients.

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