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. Our goal is to raise $5,000 this month, which will fund the assembly of 6,000 oral care kits that are essential for nurturing healthy oral care habits. Given away at schools, in our clinic and at a number of community outreach events, each kit contains a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss. For many children, a toothbrush is a luxury; some have been using the same one for years and others have never had one at all.

Your contribution provides tooth tools for our community’s children in need and reinforces the importance of positive oral health habits. To make a donation in any amount, click here to donate online. If you want to send a donation through US Mail, make checks payable to Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic and send to:

Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic
1029 NW 14th Street, Suite 101,
Bend OR 97703

If you have questions, please contact the clinic at 541-617-1653 or send an email to

Thank you for helping us give kids a smile this February…and all year long!

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.