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About Kool Smiles
Since August 2002, Kool Smiles has brought quality, affordable dental care to underserved communities throughout the United States. Founded in Decatur, Georgia, Kool Smiles has grown into one of the most visible and successful dental organizations in the country, with a variety of convenient locations in the Northeast, South, Midwest, Southwest, Northwest and other regions. From the beginning, Kool Smiles has employed some the most experienced and qualified dentists, health care professionals, and administrative staff to ensure the best possible service. Today, Kool Smiles enjoys the presence of several prominent individuals on its executive staff roster.
As Chief Dental Officer of Kool Smiles, Dr. David M. Strange came to lead the organization after a lengthy career as a professor, dentist, and member of numerous dental boards. Prior to his tenure with Kool Smiles, Dr. David M. Strange worked in both clinical and teaching capacities for the University of Colorado and served on multiple committees for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Joining Dr. David M. Strange in the executive stewardship of Kool Smiles is Dr. Paul O. Walker, who functions as Vice President of Clinical Quality and Development. Dr. Paul O. Walker entered the Kool Smiles organization after performing as Director of the Hospital Dental Clinic at the University of Minnesota, Associate Dean for Clinical Services and Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry, and served a President and Director/Examiner for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Today, Kool Smiles founder and owner Dr. Tu Tran remains with the organization as Chief Dentist and Chief of Operations. Dr. Tu Tran established Kool Smiles following a period serving Perfect Teeth in Denver, Colorado, as dentist, and he earned his D.D.S. degree from the University of Colorado. For more information on the management team at Kool Smiles, visit koolsmilespc.com.
Help Your Child Develop Good Flossing Habits
Flossing is an important part of any child’s oral health routine, helping to remove dental plaque that a toothbrush alone can’t reach. In fact, flossing is thought to do up to 40 percent of the necessary work in removing plaque from your teeth, and good flossers are much more likely to have fewer preventable dental problems later in life.
The general rule of thumb is that you should help your child to start flossing as soon as he or she has two teeth that touch (wherever teeth touch, food can get caught and plaque can build up). This usually happens around age 2 or 3. As more teeth develop and start to fit closely together, the flossing routine will become more involved.
Young children do not have the dexterity to floss properly on their own, so they will need help in the beginning. Choose a soft and flexible floss that will be comfortable on your child’s gums, floss gently but firmly, and be sure to floss both sides of teeth, even if a tooth is missing on one side. Encourage children to ask questions, look in the mirror, and hold the floss themselves so they start to get a feel for the process.