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It's time for our next team member spotlight, and this month we're shining it on Kelsey! She's our "go-to gal" because she's always ready with a smile or word of encouragement. She loves blue raspberry toothpaste , spending time with her husband and dog, reading, and participating in outdoor activities like running and hiking. When she sets her mind to learning or doing something, she always achieves it and is incredibly goal-oriented. In fact, if Kelsey was a superhero, she would be the pink Power Ranger because she loves pink and would work on a team for the greater good--that's a lot like her job at Kitsap Kid's Dentistry where she helps your kiddos fend off the Sugar Bugs! Unleash the Power, Kelsey!
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Should your child chew gum? What kind? These are good questions because studies have shown that the use of XYLITOL chewing gum (or mints/candies) can significantly reduce the risk of tooth decay. Now not all "sugar-free" gums are created equal--many will use sorbitol as the sweetener because it is less expensive (and also not as effective) so be sure to read the labels. Xylitol tastes sweet but, unlike sugar, it is not converted in the mouth to acids that cause tooth decay and reduces levels of decay-causing bacteria in saliva. Positive results are noted with the consumption of 4-20 grams/day of xylitol divided between 3-7 consumption periods (for example, your child could have two pieces of xylitol gum for five minutes following meals or snacks four times daily). And yes, they even make xylitol toothpaste!
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Congratulations to Maleah--she's our Cavity Free Club winner this month. Awesome job! And by the way, those shirts are awesome too! 
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A child's dental care begins early. Starting at birth, you should clean your baby's mouth by wiping their gums with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth. As soon as teeth appear, decay can occur. Until the age of 3, brush your child's teeth twice a day with a child-sized, soft-bristled toothbrush and a toothpaste in an amount no more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice. When looking for a toothpaste for your child, make sure to pick one that is recommended by the American Dental Association as shown on the box and tube. For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. Remind them not to swallow the toothpaste. When your child has two or more teeth that touch, you should start flossing daily. This removes plaque between teeth and under the gumline where a toothbrush can't reach (and sugar bugs like to hide). If you have any questions, we're here to answer them and keep your kiddos on the road to healthy teeth and a happy smile!
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WE LOVE PARENTS! At Kitsap Kid's Dentistry, we invite you to stay with your child during all general appointments. Many pediatric dental practices suggest that parents wait in the reception area while their child is being seen. Our philosophy is quite the contrary. We believe that helping parents raise healthy smiles is a partnership between you and your children and our dental team. Communication to both parent and child about their total oral health is key to averting future complications and building great dental habits for life. For this reason, we love the opportunity to talk to you and your children together at their appointments.
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We as parents are busy, and sometimes it can be difficult to keep up with activities like giving your children their medications. Here's an easy and accurate way to track the doses throughout the day/week. And don't forget to store the bottles in a safe place where curious little fingers won't find them!
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Those sneaky leprechauns were at it again at Kitsap Kid's Dentistry this morning!!! Miss Georgette and Dr. Banks came in to find that they left only leprechaun approved toothpaste for patient appointments today. We have green watermelon, mint and lucky charm toothpaste (we've already called dibs on our favorites)! Happy St. Patrick's Day!!! 
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Spring has finally arrived, and that means that your children will be participating in more sports and outdoor activities. A proper-fitting mouth guard is one way to protect a child's teeth and smile. That's why Kitsap Kid's Dentistry is once again offering FREE mouth guards (one per player/per season) to ALL Kitsap child athletes and their friends. That's right, we are making complimentary custom mouth guards for any kiddo in Kitsap County. Call us to schedule a time for your child!
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The wisdom of children....
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We want to take just a moment to recognize our fantastic dental assistants during Dental Assistant's Week! The wonderful ladies who make up our team provide the best of care for our patients. We couldn't do it without them and are grateful to work with such a dedicated team! Way to Go!
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