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Dear KANA Supporter,

Quyanaasinaq for your support of our vision to create the best quality of care for all people on Kodiak Island. Guided by courtesy, respect, pride, caring, sharing, and our Native Sugpiaq Alutiiq values, KANA strives to elevate the quality of life for all we serve through the provision of excellent health and social services throughout the Koniag Region.

As an important partner in our community's health, we hope you find this information useful and relevant, and will share our progress and achievements with others in your community. Please reply to this email with any questions or comments; we appreciate your input and look forward to hearing from you.

This Week's News & Updates Include:


   -  KANA Dental Expands Village Care with Increased Provider Visits
   -  Tips to Help Kids Have Monster-Free Mouths and Avoid Tooth Decay
   -  KANA's Kodiak Child Advocacy Center Receives Accreditation

KANA Dental Expands Village Care with Increased Provider Visits
KANA's Dental Department is excited to share a new schedule of services for our village communities. Dr. Holbrook, KANA's Dental Director, has worked diligently with leadership and staff to assemble a team of Providers, support personnel, and equipment that will allow for 2-day trips to better serve our villages residents.

Below is the schedule for increased village travel in upcoming months, pending any weather delays. As we complete March, the June schedule will be made available so you will have access to all available times for appointments for the upcoming 3 months at any point in time. KANA's Dental staff will be able to provide exams, cleanings, x-rays, filling, simple extractions, and crowns for our village residents. If any village has enough demand for dentures and partials, additional trips to accommodate that need will be scheduled as well.
KANA is proud to be able to offer increased access to care for the people we serve.

Tips to Help Kids Have Monster-Free Mouths and Avoid Tooth Decay

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. KANA has teamed up with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry to offer information to help you care for your child's little teeth. Did you know that tooth decay is one of the top chronic infectious diseases among children in the U.S.?

Many parents are surprised to learn that tooth decay can begin as early as age 1. Children with tooth decay are far more likely to develop immediate and long term oral health issues, including pain, infections, difficulty speaking, problems eating food, tooth discoloration and even tooth loss.

But with the help of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you can join the Monster-Free Mouths Movement and keep your child’s mouth free of creatures like Tartar the Terrible, Ginger Bite-Us and Tooth D.K. Below are important tips to help kids have monster-free mouths—at all ages!

Birth - 2 Years Old:
  • Before teeth erupt, CLEAN YOUR BABY’S MOUTH AND GUMS with a soft cloth or infant toothbrush at bath time. This helps prepare your baby for the teeth cleaning to come.
  • If your baby is given a bottle when going sleep, use NOTHING BUT WATER.  Bottles containing any sugary liquids carbohydrates such as milk, formula or put teeth under attack from juice, fruit or bacterial acid all night long.
  • Take your child to see a pediatric dentist his or her first birthday to establish a DENTAL HOME. Your dentist can help you a daily regimen, provide, establish and determine recommendations your next visit.
2 - 5 Years Old:
  • Remember to brush your child’s teeth at least TWICE A DAY, once in the morning and once at night. The most important time to brush your child’s teeth is RIGHT BEFORE BEDTIME. Schedule dental visits EVERY SIX MONTHS to keep away Mouth Monsters, especially the dreaded Tooth D.K. The routine teeth cleanings at regular check-ups help remove pests like Tartar the Terrible and Ginger Bite-Us.
  • Talk to your child’s pediatric dentist about the RIGHT AMOUNT OF FLUORIDE for your child. Ask if your child should be brushing with toothpaste that contains fluoride and/or if your child needs a  fluoride supplement.
School-age Children:
  • Parents should supervise the brushing of teeth for school-aged children until they are SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS OLD.
  • When teeth are touching, it is time to BEGIN FLOSSING. Ask your dentist for tips on flossing your child’s teeth.
  • AVOID CARBONATED BEVERAGES which on teeth; sport drinks enamel can erode and juice pouches are also bad for teeth as they keep acid levels high—which the Mouth Monsters like!
Teach your little one to brush thoroughly with this fun activity.
KANA's Kodiak Child Advocacy Center Receives Accreditation
KANA’s Kodiak Child Advocacy Center became accredited in January 2017 by National Children’s Alliance (NCA), the national association and accrediting body for Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs), demonstrating its commitment to providing consistent and evidence-based healing interventions.

To ensure that all children across the U.S. served by Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) receive consistent, evidence-based interventions that help them heal from abuse, hundreds of CACs have become Accredited Members of NCA by meeting our Standards for Accredited Members and verifying their adherence to the highest standards of practice by submitting to NCA site review. 

Accreditation demonstrates the high-quality work of Accredited CACs to policymakers, funders, and supporters, and strengthens our ability to attract reputable, qualified staff, furthers and celebrates growth in our community.
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