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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month highlighting the important role of early dental care in children’s overall health. Developing good habits at an early age and making regular dental visits helps get a good start on healthy teeth and gums. We had our very own Dr. Bill Ten Pas DMD talk about children’s dental care in the video below.

ODS also has a partnership along with the OEA Choice Trust for the Tooth Taxi which is a statewide program to help over 3,000 school children each year and provide close to one million dollars in free dental care annually. The Tooth taxi is a state-of-the-art dental office on wheels in response to the growing oral health crisis in Oregon. Since the Tooth Taxi launched in late fall 2008 we have visited all over the State of Oregon, and served over 8,000 children while delivering $2,138,272 in donated dental services.

For information on the Tooth Taxi visit The Dental Foundation of Oregon.

>>>UUseful Resources

  • If you are a parent, teacher, or caregiver, The American Dental Association (ADA) offers free oral health information such as coloring pages, games and activities to help teach your children. View or print these resources here.
  • You also have access to Dental Optimizer which provides great tools such as free risk assessments, savings guide on procedures, dental articles and even a coupon courner.
  • If you have dental coverage through ODS, log in to your myODS account for information on dental products, a treatment cost navigator and other dental programs and services.

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