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Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Celebrates National Dental Hygiene Month

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October 10, 2017

Fresh breath, strong teeth, and healthy gums are all part of your oral health.

Maintaining your oral health starts with a conversation. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, and Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic Dentists want to remind the community the importance of dental hygiene.

YVFWC dentists recommend to brush twice a day, floss regularly, rinse with mouthwash and chew sugar free gum. Starting your child off on a path to a healthy smile begins at a young age.

“As soon as the first tooth appears, begin cleaning by wiping with a clean, damp cloth every day. When more teeth come in, switch to a small, soft toothbrush. Begin using toothpaste with fluoride when the child is 2 years old. Use toothpaste with fluoride earlier if your child’s doctor or dentist recommends it,” Lancaster Family Health Center Dentist Melissa Dixon said.

Dixon also recommends brushing your child’s teeth twice a day until your child has the skill to handle the toothbrush alone. Then continue to closely watch brushing to make sure the child is doing a thorough job and using only a small amount of toothpaste.

 “It’s all about teaching your children healthy habits at an early age,” Dixon said.


About Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic: The Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides comprehensive medical, dental, and social services for more than 141,000 people throughout the Pacific Northwest. Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic employs 1,390 full-time staff and more than 600 part-time staff, medical residents, dental residents, students and volunteers. Facilities: 19 medical clinics, 10 dental clinics, 57 programs. Locations: Washington State clinics are located in Grandview, Prosser, Pasco, Spokane, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Yakima, Walla Walla and Wapato. In Oregon, clinics are located in Hermiston, Portland, Salem and Woodburn. Visit: