National Children’s Dental Health Month – Give Kids a Smile Day


February is National Children’s Dental Health Month and we invite you to join us in raising awareness of the importance of oral health care for vulnerable children in Central Oregon. Here are some easy, effective ways you can get involved!


Did you know that, for many children in our community, a toothbrush is a luxury? Some have been using the same one for years and others have never had one at all. Tooth tools are essential for nurturing healthy oral care habits, so we give away oral care kits (toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss) at schools, in our clinic and at multiple community outreach events. Your contribution provides tooth tools for our community’s children in need and reinforces the importance of positive oral health habits. Tooth tool donations can be dropped off during the month of February (or any time throughout the year!) at our office:
Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic
1029 NW 14th Street, Suite 101,
Bend OR 97703


If you have kiddos, you know getting them to brush and floss can be like, well, pulling teeth. Here are some great resources to help build healthy habits and have fun at the same time!



What causes cavities?
This fun Ted Talk uses great animation to show what happens in your mouth and why taking care of your teeth is so important.

What keeps your mouth healthy?
This video tells children in grades 1 and 2 what they can do to prevent tooth decay.


Track your child’s brushing habits with this fun, printable month by month calendar that they can color!

Give Kids a Smile 2017 Campaign

Happy first day of spring! We’re kicking off the new season with a giant smile, thanks to COCC’s Dental Assisting Program. Their small but mighty group of students held a Smile Drive for us last month and gathered an amazing 30 POUNDS of toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss!!! We are so grateful to you for initiating this project and for helping us give kiddos in our community the tooth tools they need for happy, healthy smiles!

COCC Dental Assisting Program

Redmond High School Health Club, you are awesome! Thanks to your team, including school nurse Brittany Molen, for collecting 374 dental care products during your first ever Smile Drive! Local kids in need will be wearing big, healthy smiles because of your contributions.

Redmond High School

2015 Give Kids a Smile Results

Kemple held a total of 18 events in the month of February, with the following outcomes:

  • Encountered 855 children (providing OHI, toothbrushes, etc. and educational handouts)
  • Screened 445 children
  • Provided hygiene cleanings for 33 children
  • Took bitewings on 30 children
  • Fluoride Varnished 154 children
  • Applied sealants on 371 teeth
  • Dr. Yonan did fillings on 6 teeth

We had one dentist that participated-Dr. Yonan’s free day, 35 hygienist, 5 school nurses, 3 dental assistants, 16 COCC dental assisting students, and 3 administrative people.

Total In-Kind value $33071.29

Give Kids a Smile Donations Received from Walmarts, pharmacies and dental offices:

Adult Toothbrushes -929
Youth Toothbrushes -1097
Adult Toothpaste -309
Youth Toothpaste-1112
Dental Floss-157

A special thank you again to the students of COCC Dental Assisting program who supported us throughout the month of February, both in our clinic as well as during our WalMart Screening events in Redmond and Bend.  And, great job by some very special Tooth Fairies.

National Children’s Dental Health Month