Door County Dental Professionals Give Back to Kids

Give Kids A Smile Day (GKAS) is a national children’s dental access program sponsored by the American Dental Association. Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Dental Clinic and other local dental practices participated in the program this year. 

This is a great event that provides much needed dental services to children throughout the community. The time, skills and efforts given by all the local Doctors, Hygienists and Assistance who participated in this year’s event are truly appreciated. GKAS day really highlights the work that is done at Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Dental Clinic year round.

Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Dental Clinic is a non-profit clinic that has been providing free oral health care to kids ages 3-18 of Door and Kewaunee Counties since 1999. These patients are Medicaid recipients, are uninsured, or do not otherwise have access to a dentist.

Dr. Feit, Dr. Fojtik, Office Manager Lisa, Dental Assistants Sue and Chrissy, and Office Assistant Kelly of Dentistry by Design play integral roles in the success of the Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Dental Clinic.  Dentistry by Design staff members participate in the clinic by providing dental care, staffing and billing support. Dr. Feit’s focus is making sure this program survives and thrives. He has taken a higher level approach which involved developing a billing system for the clinic and providing staff which helps keeps the program viable. Last year alone, over 1000 underserved children received dental care at the clinic. 

Dr. Feit is a strong advocate for dental health accessibility for all people regardless of their income ability.  This is why he orchestrated visits with Senator Frank Lasee and Representative Garey Bies to the MDCMC Dental Clinic. These visits showed Senator Lasee and Representative Bies the growing need for dental care among the underserved portion of our community.

In 2012, Dr. Feit was elected to the WDA’s Board of Trustees and sat on the Legislative, Financial and PAC committees.  It is through these positions that he has worked on improving the accessibility of dental care throughout the state of Wisconsin

More info:
Give Kids a Smile – American Dental Association 

Ministry Door County Medical Center’s Dental Clinic

Door County Advocate Article About Give Kids A Smile

Paying it Forward Recipients February 2013

Recipients of Dentistry by Design’s first Paying It Forward award are Gibraltar High School teachers Dave Tupa (Science) and Andy Stimers (Shop). Together they received a $100 Visa gift card for their volunteer work on the Peninsula State Park’s bat condos. They intend to put the gift towards the Gibraltar Ecology Club Greenhouse project.

Also, they have selected Feed My People of Door County as the charity to receive a $100 donation in their honor from Dentistry by Design. Congratulations to Dave and Andy and thank you for your time and dedication to this cause!  Read more about the project here.

Gibraltar Ecology Club Builds Bat Condos                              Stella from Feed My People Receives $100 gift card from Dentistry by Design

The Importance of Baby Teeth

 Child's big smile

Who can resist the cute smile of a baby showing off their first tooth? But beyond making for adorable smiles, baby teeth; also known as primary teeth or deciduous teeth, play a critical role in a child’s dental health development.  

Typically the first baby tooth starts to appear between 4 and 7 months of age and most children have all 20 of their primary teeth by the time they are three years old.  As the child reaches age 5 or 6, one by one, these first teeth start falling out. They are being pushed out of the way by the permanent tooth behind it. After about 6 years, by the time your child is 12 or 13 most kids have lost all of their baby teeth which have been replaced by their permanent teeth.

Some parents mistakenly believe that this first set of teeth isn’t as important as the permanent teeth because eventually, they fall out. Considering your child will have these teeth all throughout their early childhood, their importance is significant.  Healthy primary teeth:

  • Aid and support speech development – Just try saying the word “tooth” without letting your tongue touch your teeth. As a matter of fact, try saying that whole sentence. Not so easy is it?
  • Fosters good nutrition – Allows your child to chew healthy food, which helps them succeed in all areas of development; physical, intellectual and emotional.
  • The baby tooth provides a guide for the permanent tooth’s eruption – The roots of the baby teeth provide an opening space for the new tooth to come through.
  • Builds confidence – As we like to say at Dentistry by Design, help your child smile with confidence. Nothing achieves this better than healthy teeth and gums.

So what can you do to keep those baby teeth healthy? It’s simple, care for them the same you would permanent teeth.  At Dentistry by Design we recommend:

  • Brushing 2x a day – You can start this before the first tooth even appears. Wipe baby’s gums with a soft, damp cloth. When the first teeth start to come in use an age appropriate toothbrush with fluoride free “starter” toothpaste. Once your baby is able to spit properly you can begin using a small amount of fluoride toothpaste, no more than a smear for 1 ½ – 2 year olds, pea sized amount for older children.
  • Floss regularly – We recommend daily as soon as two teeth emerge together. Flossers work great for little mouths and make it easier to reach those back teeth.
  • Limit the intake of sugary snacks and drinks – We know you have heard this before, but there is just no getting around it, sugar causes tooth decay.
  • Visit your favorite dentist for regular checkups – Beginning with their first birthday you can bring your child in for the doctor to take a quick peak to make sure everything in coming in properly and we can review age appropriate dental care for your child.  Once your child is able to tolerate sitting in the chair, usually by the age of three, they can be seen for regular cleanings and checkups, twice a year.
  • Take our “Healthy Smile” Pledge and commit to healthy teeth and gums for a life time!

For more information about the importance and care of baby teeth see: