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Flossing is the New Yoga

Unleash the power of the tiny string. While a toothbrush cleans the surface of your teeth, only floss removes what lurks in between, and under the gumline. All the grooming in the world won’t help

“Dry Mouth” Can Lead to Serious Oral Issues

Some medications and health conditions, such as diabetes, can cause your mouth to become overly dry. Symptoms of dry mouth: ⦁ Frequent thirst, bad breath, cracked lips and sore throat How dry mouth affects you:

Dental Care for Pregnant Women is Important

Cavity-causing germs are infectious. Experts recommend that pregnant women get dental care and any needed treatment before their baby is born. · The germs that cause tooth decay can be passed from mother to child.

Your Mouth is Part of Healthy Aging

Oral health is an important part of healthy aging, so be sure to include dental expenses in your retirement planning. Oral disease is linked to serious health conditions including diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Good

How Good Oral Health Helps Manage Diabetes

Gum disease is an infection that makes it harder to manage diabetes. If you have diabetes you are twice as likely to develop gum disease and gum disease makes it harder to control blood sugar.

To our valued patients,

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward with hope.

While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety. Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are designed to keep you safe and comfortable.

We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and staff safe. Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA).  We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued.

We’ve made a few changes to help protect our patients and staff.
For example:

  • Please plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • Use hand sanitizer that will be available when you enter the office.  Each patient will be asked to complete a Covid-19 screening questionnaire upon check-in, after sanitizing.
  • Our waiting room no longer offers magazines, children’s toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • We ask that you not bring additional guests with you so we can reduce the number of people in the reception area with respect to social distancing recommendations.  If your appointment requires you have a driver, your companion will be asked to wait in the car and we will notify them when your appointment is nearing completion.
  • Air purification units have been installed in treatment rooms that create the potential for aerosols.  This is a new sound around here, you are welcome to listen to music on your own device if you would like.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 509-468-1685 or visit our website at

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.


Dr. Brent L. Child and Team