Mortenson Family Dental Valley Station Team and KristyLove

KristyLove Foundation Day of Dentistry

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

Today our Valley Station office teamed up with the KristyLove Foundation to donate a free day of dentistry to all of the program’s participants. Cleaning, dentures, crowns, fillings and bridges ­– you name it­. The team volunteered their time and talents to provide a valuable service to some very deserving patients. “It was important for us to show others love and compassion that they’ve never been given,” said Team Leader Sarah, “We are fortunate to enjoy what we do, so it’s a great way for us to give.”

The KristyLove Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for women who are recovering from addiction and dangerous environments. They provide shelter and case management to help lead women to better health care, education and employment. And their focus on small intimate housing creates an uplifting and comfortable atmosphere for their members to work their way back to a clean life. Kristy Love founder Angela R. attributes the program’s success to the dedication of its participants and a focus on compassion, saying that when women come into the house, “they have to commit to being clean, getting a job and must learn to have a charitable heart.”

Several women who received care today were surprised that the Valley Station office would open its doors and volunteer their expertise so freely. But for the Valley Station team, who have been serving southwest Jefferson County for over 4 years, the Day of Dentistry was just an opportunity to give back to the community they love to serve. “Everyone has value and a purpose,” says Dr. Heather Walker, “and if we can do one small thing to make others feel loved and valued, we want to do that.”

If you are interested in helping the KristyLove Foundation too, they are always accepting monetary donations in addition to household items, linens, appliances, school supplies, beauty products, transportation and gift cards. You can even donate your time and expertise by helping to repair, paint or renovate the housing they provide their members. If you’re unable to volunteer or donate, you can ‘like’ and ‘share’ KristyLove Foundation on Facebook to help spread their mission.

Phone: 502-295-6437

Email: info@thekristylovefoundation.org

Mail: KristyLove Foundation

PO BOX 11793

Louisville, KY 40251

Waterstep

Mortenson Family Dental Locations are Crusade for Children and WaterStep collection Sites

Looking for a way to make a difference? Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces and Kid’s Dentistree locations are proud to be collection sites for two non-profits that call Kentucky home, the Crusade for Children and WaterStep. If you are looking for a way to contribute to either or both of these charities, drop by any Mortenson Family Dental and we will be glad to help you!

Through the end of March, we will be collecting financial contributions to the Crusade for Children. The Crusade for Children is a fundraiser held throughout the Louisville and Southern Indiana community, most notably with their telethon and help from local fire fighters in June. 100% of the funds raised are used to help children with special needs in the local area.

WaterStep’s mission is to save lives through safe water around the globe. Through innovative water purification systems and educational efforts, WaterStep is able to improve the health and quality life for so many. WaterStep also works to provide relief in emergency situations where water supplies are compromised. In an effort to help with the water situation in Flint, MI, the City of Louisville and WaterStep have set out to fill an entire semi full of shoes. The shoes are used sold to an exporter and WaterStep uses the money from the sale to fund its projects. In this case, the money raised will be donated to organizations in Flit, to help the children impacted by the lead in their water.

You can bring shoes of any condition to any Mortenson Family Dental, BracesBracesBraces or Kid’s Dentistree location and we will get them to WaterStep!

Image Credit: Waterstep.org

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

The American Dental Association (ADA) established National Children’s Dental Health Month over thirty years ago to promote the benefits starting young to achieve good oral health.  According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in the country.  Tooth decay affects more children than asthma or hay fever. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that 40% of children will have some tooth decay by the time they enter kindergarten. The good news for parents is that tooth decay is preventable!

The following recommendations will get your child off to a great start with good dental health.

  • Brush and floss twice each day

The best weapons available to a parent are a toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. The ADA recommends that parents teach their children to brush for two minutes two times a day—morning and evening at bedtime. Use only a pea-sized amount of toothpaste and teach your child to avoid swallowing toothpaste.  Parents should provide help and supervision until a child is about seven or eight years old.

  • Limit sugary treats and drinks

This includes avoiding juice between meals. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends limiting juice to four to six ounces per day. Parents can also replace sugary treats with healthy snacks such as cheese, yogurt, and fruit.

  • Schedule a dental checkup

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents schedule their child’s first visit to the dentist when the child turns one year of age. First birthday equals first checkup.  However, if a parent detects discoloration or staining, they should schedule an appointment right away.

  • Make sure your water has fluoride

Fluoride helps teeth resist acid attacks by strengthening tooth enamel. If your local water supply does not have fluoride, talk to your dentist about fluoride drops or tablets.

National Children’s Dental Health Month is a good reminder that it’s never too early to start your child on the path of good dental health. Habits developed early tend to become lifelong habits.

An Apple A Day May Keep The Doctor and The Dentist Away!

You may have noticed the apple featured on the Mortenson Family Dental logo. Apples have long been associated with a healthy smile. It takes strong, healthy teeth to bite into a crunchy apple! There’s also a more personal reason for the apple on the logo. Years ago, Sue Mortenson took her car to the car wash. When she got back in her car, she found an apple left for her on the front seat. Sue was very impressed by that special touch. That’s why you’ll be offered an apple and apple cider when you visit your Mortenson Family Dental office.

You’ve heard the expression “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. It may also be true that an apple a day keeps the dentist away.  Children have a natural sweet tooth that draws them to sugary snacks and chewy candy that can stick to the teeth.  Tooth decay results when cavity-causing organisms feed on this sugar and turn it into enamel-eroding acid. Apples are naturally sweet and offer a healthy alternative to processed, sugary snacks packed with nutrient-deficient calories.

Apples have other advantages over sugary snacks and even over many other fruits.

  • Apples are portable and can be packed in a lunch box with no refrigeration needed.
  • Apples can satisfy a sugar craving at ¼ the calories of candy or chocolate.
  • Apples are packed with Vitamin C which is great for the immune system.
  • Apples have flavonoids with antioxidant properties that guard against heart disease.
  • Apples have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and may have cancer-fighting benefits.
  • Apples come in many varieties of taste and color. If you don’t like a Granny Smith apple, have a Gala, a Honeycrisp, a Golden Delicious, or many others!

You might be surprised that in addition to apples and apple cider, you’ll find chocolate chip cookies waiting for you at your next visit to a Mortenson Family Dental office. The cookies are to help you feel at home and comfortable too and Sue Mortenson knows that one cookie won’t hurt you and our dental hygienist will clean your teeth during your appointment so you’ll leave with a healthier smile!

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