Monday, November 21, 2016

Giving Tree 2016

The KiDDS Dental 2016 Giving Tree Photo Contest Rules


Facebook in no way endorses or promotes this contest. It is solely promoted by KiDDS Dental. 

How to participate
1. Choose a local non-profit organization.
2. Decorate a mini tree and display at your location.
3. Take a digital picture of your Giving Tree.
4. Email the picture to, making sure to note the charity you've chosen. 
5. Get votes! Each "like" your picture gets in our "Giving Tree" album will earn your charity $1, up to $250.

Some ideas to get votes:
  • Make a small sign to display with your tree explaining the contest and directing your patrons to "like" the picture on the KiDDS Dental Facebook page.
  • Post a link to the contest picture, from the KiDDS Dental Facebook page, to your company's Facebook page and ask your fans to vote.
  • Include a link to the picture of your Giving Tree in your company's e-newsletter.
  • Contact your charity to see if they'll share the contest with their fans.

KiDDS Dental's "Giving Tree" photo contest begins December 1, 2016 and ends at 5:00 pm, December 21, 2016.  By submitting a photo, each entrant agrees to the rules and states that they are 18 years or older. 
Who may enter: An authorized representative of the participating organization may enter.  KiDDS Dental will determine the eligibility of each photo submitted at its sole discretion.
What to enter: A picture of the decorated tree along with the name of the charity being supported.  
Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's rights, including to but not limited to copyright, are not eligible. 
By entering the contest, entrants grant KiDDS Dental license to display, distribute, reproduce photographs. 
Judging:  Winner will be chosen by a popular vote of likes on Facebook. 
Prize:  The chosen charity for each picture will be given $1 per vote, up to $250 per picture/charity.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Bruxism Bites!

Bruxism Bites!
Do you ever find your child clenching his or her teeth or waking up with a sore jaw? He or she may have bruxism—a condition that causes people to unconsciously grind or clench their teeth.
Bruxism affects about 20% of children under the age of 11 years, many of whom do not even realize they are doing it. Many people do the bulk of their grinding at night, when they are fast asleep. If your child shares a room with a sibling or attends a lot of sleepovers or sleep-away camp in the summer, somebody may have mentioned that your child gnashed his or her teeth together while asleep. But most people with bruxism do not realize they are grinding or clenching their teeth until the dentist notices certain problems that show up years after the condition first appears.
Most children don’t have any serious side effects from bruxism. But over time, grinding can wear down the enamel of their teeth and, in severe cases, damage or even fracture them. And long before this type of problem occurs, your child might experience annoying issues like headaches, sensitive teeth, jaw pain or even earaches (caused by pain in the jaw that feels like it is coming from the ear). Bruxism can interrupt your child’s sleep, too, which can lead to feelings of fatigue, grumpiness and hyperactivity or distraction during the day.
So what can you do about something you are not even aware your child is doing? First of all, talk to Dr. Jared at KiDDS Dental. He can examine your child’s mouth for signs of bruxism and figure out how severely he or she has been grinding or clenching. He might prescribe a night guard—a type of mouthguard similar to the kind worn when playing hockey or other contact sports, but much thinner and more form-fitting to the mouth—or splints that will keep the teeth from gnashing as your child sleeps.

Stress and anxiety can cause bruxism, too, so if your child is feeling worried or anxious about something, have your child talk to someone who can help find healthy ways to release stress. Even simple things, such as taking a warm bath before bed or learning some breathing techniques, can make a difference and keep the tension out of your child’s life—and out of his or her jaw! 
If you have any further questions regarding bruxism, give us a call at (509)-891-7070.  

Friday, November 4, 2016

KiDDS Dental Takes You to the Movies! - Fantastic Beasts

Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Tickets to See Them

KiDDS Dental's Fantastic Beasts Movie Event

Official Rules



By entering this promotion, participant agrees to a complete release of Facebook from any or all liability in connection with this contest. It is also acknowledgment that the contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

How to enter: Entries consist of following the directions (comment, "like," etc.) given in the official promotion posts on the KiDDS Dental Facebook page during the time period specified or through November 15th at 5:00 PM. One entry per promotion post per Facebook user is allowed. Multiple entries per promotion post will be disqualified.

Drawing: One random drawing will be held for each post after the deadline but before November 15, 2016.  The winner will receive two tickets to our group screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 17th at 7:00 PM. This prize package is valued at $21.50. Cash cannot be awarded in lieu of prize. Prize is not transferable. The winner is solely responsible for reporting and paying applicable state and federal taxes. If a winner is disqualified or if a prize is unclaimed, KiDDS Dental reserves the right to conduct another drawing to determine an alternate winner or to not award that winner's prize, at its sole discretion.
All entries will be included in last-chance drawings to be held after the contest deadline.

Odds: Actual odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries.

Eligibility: Legal residents of the United States are eligible to participate and win. Any person under the age of 18 must have a parent's or legal guardian's permission to participate and/or win.  Must be 13 years or older to enter. Employees of KiDDS Dental and their immediate families (spouse, parents, siblings, children, in-laws) are not eligible to enter. Winner must be available to pick up prize at KiDDS Dental in Liberty Lake, WA by November 15, 2016.

Decisions: By entering into the promotion, entrants and their parents or guardians (if the entrant is under the age of 18) agree to abide by and be bound by these official rules, and to accept the decision of KiDDS Dental as final.  Entrants and their parents or guardians (if entrant is under the age of 18) also agree to hold KiDDS Dental harmless from any liability arising from participation in this promotion. KiDDS Dental is not responsible for entries not received because of technical difficulties. KiDDS Dental reserves the right to disqualify any participant to a person who fails to follow these official rules or uses fraudulent means in participating. If for any reason this promotion is not able to be conducted as planned, KiDDS Dental reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this promotion and randomly draw from the entries received up to the cancellation/suspension date.
Liability Release: By participating, each participant and winner waives any and all claims against KiDDS Dental their employees and agents for any personal loss of any kind which may occur from the participation in the promotion.

Publicity: Each winner (and such winner's parent or guardian if any winner is under the age of 18) agrees to permit KiDDS Dental to use his/her name and likeness in promotional and other KiDDS Dental materials, without additional compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law.
This promotion is void where prohibited.

By entering the contest, entrants grant KiDDS Dental license to display, distribute, reproduce contest entries. Winners must sign a media release and will be responsible for paying any taxes they may owe on a prize.

Brush Away the Plaque, Not the Enamel

Brush Away the Plaque, Not the Enamel

Consistent brushing is an essential part of dental health, along with flossing and regular dental visits. But wait—did you know that there is a danger in brushing too hard? Overbrushing, also known as toothbrush abrasion, can damage tooth enamel and cause the gums to recede, exposing the roots. Not only can this lead to increased sensitivity to heat and cold and the potential for developing cavities on the roots but it may raise your child’s risk for periodontal disease.

Toothbrush abrasion can happen to anyone who brushes too hard, but some people are at higher risk, including those who
  • use medium- or hard-bristled brushes
  • grind or clench their teeth
  • have other risk factors for gum disease
Abrasion can also result from habits such as biting nails or chewing on pencils, or even from just using an overly abrasive toothpaste.

Once your child has toothbrush abrasion, there are several options for treatment. We at KiDDS Dental can sometimes use fluoride treatments to reduce sensitivity. If parts of the teeth are already worn away, dental bonding or fillings might be necessary.

Better Than Treatment: Prevention

Because most people don’t know they are brushing too hard until they see the first visible signs of abrasion—a V-shaped indentation on the part of the tooth near the gumline—it’s better to prevent it altogether. Help your child understand that brushing better doesn’t mean brushing harder. Plaque actually comes off fairly easily, so there’s no need to scrub or scrape the teeth to prevent cavities. Have your child use a soft-bristled toothbrush, and gently brush each tooth with short strokes while avoiding the tendency to squash or push the bristles against the teeth and gums.

If you feel as if you’re sending mixed messages—“Brush your teeth! But don’t brush too hard!”―enlisting our help might help get the message across. Dr. Jared and his clinical team can go over brushing techniques with your child at your next appointment.

If you have questions about your child's oral health, click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jared. Or give us a call at (509)-891-7070.

Monday, October 31, 2016

KiDDS Dental wants to take YOU to the movies!

KiDDS Dental Introduces
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
November 17
Regal Cinemas
Spokane Valley Mall

To qualify for tickets you may:
  • Show us your family's jack-o-lantern. Post a picture of it to KiDDS Dental on Facebook, or bring a picture to our office by November 4th at noon. The KiDDS Dental team will be voting for the winning entry. The winner will receive two tickets to the movie.
  • Let's see your children's Halloween costumes! Email your picture to by November 4th at noon. We'll be posting the picture to our Facebook page. The picture with the most votes earns two tickets to the movie.
  • Guess how much weight we'll bring in at our 9th Annual Great Candy Buy Back. Click here to be taken directly to the post where you can leave your response.
  • Bring us a hand-written letter of appreciation for our troops by November 4th at noon. We will mail the letters to Operation Gratitude, where they will be placed in holiday care packages for troops and first responders. Write as many heartfelt letters as you want (no photo copies). Each hand-written letter will earn you one entry for the drawing.
  • Bring your children to our 9th Annual Great Candy Buy Back underwritten by Banner Bank where you can enter to win tickets.
  • All non-winning entries for all contests will be included in our last chance drawings. Enter as many contests as you can! We have over 200 tickets to give away.
  • "Like" the KiDDS Dental Facebook page for more opportunities to win.
Winners will be notified by phone, e-mail or FB messenger on or before November 10th. Tickets will be available to pick up on November 11th between 9 am and 4 pm and November 14th and November 15th between 8 am and 5 pm. Tickets not picked up by 5 pm on Tuesday, November 15th will be considered forfeited by the winner and distributed to others.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Top 10 Reasons to Visit our 9th Annual Great Candy Buy Back!

KiDDS Dental's Top 10
reasons to join us on
November 1st between 4 and 8 PM . . .


10. $1 per pound for children's leftover Halloween candy 
Event underwritten by Banner Bank. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Candy must be factory wrapped. No pixy stix, please. 

9. Opportunities to win tickets to our upcoming movie event
You could be one of the first in Spokane to see "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" with the KiDDS Dental Team!

8. Dr. Scott Ralph's team in SUPER SECRET costumes

7. The KiDDS Dental team in SUPER SECRET costumes

6. Telling soldiers "Thank You!" with a handmade card

4. Goody bags
Participants will receive coupons and promotional products from participating and local businesses.
Follow us on Facebook for specific details about the fun stuff we'll have in the goody bags.

3. Photo booth 
Tanya Smith will be joining us again for a fun photo booth. All pictures from the event will be posted to WorkStory Photography's Facebook Page.

2. Support the troops!All candy will be shipped to members of the armed services stationed overseas.
All money collected at the photo booth will be send to Operation Gratitude to help them ship our donated candy in holiday care packages.
We'll also be making cards to include in the care packages.

1. No more cavity-causing, hyperactivity-inducing candy in the house!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Breathe Easy and Avoid Tooth Decay

Breathe Easy and Avoid Tooth Decay

Asthma medications play a critical role in helping children manage their symptoms. But, as a parent, you should also realize that the same medications that help open your child’s airways—so he or she can breathe more freely—can also increase the chance your child will develop tooth decay.

Several studies examining children’s use of asthma medications have found an increased risk of caries (tooth decay). A study conducted in Saudi Arabia from 2010 to 2011 found that children with more severe asthma, those who used their medications more frequently (three or more times per day) and those who used combination therapy were more likely to have decreased levels of saliva and increased levels of bacteria associated with decay. A 2012 Slovenian study of 220 children between 2 and 17 years of age returned similar results, with medicated asthmatic children having significantly more decay in both baby teeth and permanent teeth, as well as decreased saliva production. More decay was seen in children who used higher doses of medication.

Saliva plays a key role in helping prevent tooth decay by neutralizing acids and washing away food particles that can feed harmful bacteria. In addition, many inhaled asthma medications contain lactose or other sugars that can promote bacterial growth.

Fortunately, there are easy solutions. If your child uses asthma medication, here are some things you can do to help lower his or her risk of decay:
  • Have your child chew sugarless gum, drink water or rinse after using an inhaler; avoid brushing after each inhaler use since that can damage enamel.
  • Ask us about using mouthwash if your child is old enough to use mouthwash without the risk of swallowing it.
  • Ask your child’s physician about alternative medications that may be less harmful to teeth, including medications without lactose or other sugars.
  • Let us know about your child’s asthma.
  • Make sure your child sees us regularly.

If your child suffers from asthma, you already have lots of concerns about his or her health. Let Dr. Jared at KiDDS Dental know about your child’s asthma and we can evaluate the risk of tooth decay so you and your child have one less thing to worry about.

We'd love to meet you and your family! Give us a call at (509)-891-7070.