March 6 is National Dentist’s Day and to celebrate our partner dentists, Tooth Fairy Carli visited several dental offices in Pierce and Kitsap Counties to thank dentists and their team for helping patients stay cavity-free.
The Tooth Fairy first ferried over from Seattle to Port Orchard where the dental office staff members each received coffee gift cards as a token of our appreciation.
“Greeting my team and patients this morning to cheer them up is the perfect gift for any dentist for National Dentist’s Day,” said one of the dentists. “Thank you for making us all feel appreciated!”
Tooth Fairy Carli then “flew” to Family Care Dentistry in University Place where one dental hygienist said, “It’s also National Dental Assistant Recognition Week, so thanks for gifting us all, along with our dentist and patients!”
Pediatric patients swarmed around Tooth Fairy Carli at the popular Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children located in Tacoma. After chatting with the youth in the waiting area, Tooth Fairy Carli toured the back office along with the dentist to encourage the kids seated in dental chairs to stay cavity-free.
“It was amazing to have the Tooth Fairy visit our office to greet some of our young patients,” said Dr. Alicia Stephens, Dental Director of Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children in Tacoma. “For our pediatric patients to be surprised by a joyful Tooth Fairy helped alleviate some of the fear children may have while sitting in the dentist chair.”
"More than 90% of our patients use Medicare, so we provide dental care to families who may not otherwise be able to afford it. We also have a wonderful, school-based program where we perform dental screenings and offer sealants for cavity prevention,” said Dr. Stephens of Lundquist Dental Health. "Our office similarly shares Delta Dental of Washington’s mission, so I hope we have more opportunities to collaborate for better oral care for our youth in Tacoma.”
The last stop of National Dentist’s Day had Tooth Fairy Carli heading back east to The Kids Dentist in Gig Harbor, a dental office with colorful wall murals and furnished with child-sized video games. As with each visit that day, Tooth Fairy Carli left dozens of copies of children’s oral health books in the waiting room to add more magic to the child-friendly dental office.
Through our community partnerships, Delta Dental of Washington and Arcora Foundation help expand access to dental care across Washington state. Our community partnerships encourage youth to establish good, lifelong oral health practices.
The Tooth Fairy Experience continues these efforts by teaching the value of good oral health routines. Aiming to reach as many residents as possible, the program offers entertaining and accessible oral health education programs at schools and community centers throughout Washington state, with an emphasis on reaching historically underserved populations to support better oral, and overall, health outcomes.
For additional information on the Tooth Fairy Experience, oral health education resources, and to request a visit from the Tooth Fairy at your school or community center in Washington state, visit our website at ToothFairy.DeltaDentalWa.com.