Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Great Candy Buy Back 2017 Top Ten

The Top Ten 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 "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" 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 
This year we'll have a self-serve photo booth with props to entertain the kids and commemorate the event.
2. Support the troops!All candy will be shipped to members of the armed services stationed overseas through Operation Gratitude.
1. No more cavity-causing, hyperactivity-inducing candy in the house!

Monday, October 30, 2017

KiDDS Dental takes you to the movies . . .

KiDDS Dental Introduces
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
December 14, 2017
Regal Cinemas
Spokane Valley Mall

To qualify for tickets you may:
  • Share with us your children's Halloween costumes! Email your picture to Halloween@GrowUpSmiling.com by November 2nd 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 10th Annual Great Candy Buy Back. Click here to be taken directly to the post where you can leave your guess!
  • Bring us a hand-written letter of appreciation for our troops by November 6th 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 10th 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 100 tickets to give away.
  • Follow the directions on contest posts on the KiDDS Dental Facebook page between now and the night of the movie.
Winners will be notified by phone, e-mail or FB messenger on or before December 4th. Tickets will be available to pick up on December 7th between 9 am and 4 pm and December 11th and December 12th between 8 am and 5 pm. Tickets not picked up by 5 pm on Tuesday, December 12th will be considered forfeited by the winner and distributed to others.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Does Parents’ Stress Lead to Child’s Cavities?

Does Parents’ Stress Lead to Child’s Cavities?

Stress—the kind that weighs heavily upon adults’ minds, no matter what its cause—is clearly not a good thing in any context. It may be a negative factor in their children’s dental health. Scientists have tried to study the nature of the relationship between parental stress and caries (dental cavities) in their children.

One factor is financial. Parents or guardians who are barely getting by are much more likely to experience stress. Usually, such parents are also pressed for time, perhaps by working more than one job or having an extra-long commute because of slow public transportation. Less time can mean less opportunity for taking children to the dentist. And less money can mean that parents, despite possible good intentions, may feel they can’t afford dental care, especially routine visits. Although low-cost options, such as dental school clinics, may well be available, researching those possibilities takes time, which, again, overly stressed parents are less likely to have.

A generational link may also exist. Parents who are stressed may themselves come from families where dental checkups were not a top priority, and so it becomes less of a priority for their children, too. Fewer checkups and fewer reminders about the importance of daily dental health routines can mean more cavities. More cavities, and more fillings, can exacerbate fear of future dental visits.

Sometimes, the cycle begins even before a child is born. Mothers who experience poor dental health while they are pregnant may give birth to children who are more likely to have caries. The prevalence, and subsequent transfer, of the cavity-causing bacteria in the mother may be at the root of that problem.

So, while ascertaining the exact nature of cause-and-effect when it comes to parental stress and children’ cavities might be significant, one practical take-away message is clear: Parents should be aware of their own stress levels and make every effort to keep their offspring stress-free. It will make life calmer while keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthier.

Click here to schedule an appointment with Dr. Jared. Or give us a call at (509)-891-7070.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Does My Child Need a Tooth Pulled?

Does My Child Need a Tooth Pulled?

Dental extraction is one of the most feared reasons to visit a dentist’s office. To many parents, extraction represents a worst-case scenario. Many causes of tooth extraction are preventable, although others are not. While unfortunate, it’s important to remember that, when your child’s dentist pulls a tooth, it is to benefit the overall dental health of your child.

The preventable causes of tooth extraction are related to general safety and good oral care. Sports accidents are one of the leading causes of broken and dislodged teeth. If your child is engaged in sports, particularly contact sports, it is important that he or she wears a mouthguard. Another leading cause of tooth extraction is severe decay. The best way to prevent this outcome is to make sure that your child regularly brushes, flosses and visits Dr. Jared.

However, some reasons for tooth extraction are not preventable. Sometimes, if a child’s baby teeth don’t fall out at the proper time, they can prevent adult teeth from coming in correctly. That may require removing the baby tooth. If your child needs braces, it is occasionally necessary to remove a tooth to ensure that the rest of the teeth align properly. A large number of children and adults will need to have impacted wisdom teeth removed. Finally, certain prescription drugs or medical procedures can result in changes to your child’s gums or teeth. If a child is undergoing radiation therapy, irradiated teeth may need to be removed.

Fortunately, children can be much more resilient than their parents, and losing a tooth is usually less painful and less uncomfortable for them. If your child has been especially good, you might want to consider inviting the tooth fairy over for a visit. It will certainly help blunt the sting of losing a tooth.

Call us to schedule an appointment today! (509)-891-7070. We'd love to meet you and your family.