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Dr. Peter Receives Honorable Mention in 2013 Public Health Community Awards

April 2013 - Download the announcement.


130 kids get free dental treatments

Feb. 13, 2013 - The Columbian - Central Park: During Children's Dental Health Day on Feb. 2, 130 kids with no dental insurance were treated and examined at Clark College's Dental Hygiene clinic. That's fewer than the 200 children typically served during recent years of the annual event for uninsured children from limited-income families. But Melody Scheer, health systems program coordinator for Clark County Public Health, believes the decreased attendance was the result of more children having insurance. "Which is great news," she said. The Clark County Dental Society works with Clark College, county Public Health, the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington and other organizations to put on the event, now in its seventh year. Peter Lubisich from Vancouver Pediatric Dentistry led the Children's Dental Health Day efforts this year. Services provided during the day - including extractions, X-rays and sealants - were covered by grants from Ronald McDonald House Charities, Scheer said.


Dr. Peter Lubisich IV, WSDA's 2012 Citizen of the Year

Oct. 19, 2012 - Washington State Dental Association - Like so many dentists, WSDA's 2012 Citizen of the Year, Dr. Peter Lubisich IV, gives back to his community - donating services and time to causes close to his heart in Clark County. But Lubisich is different; he's a juggernaut, balancing the demands of a thriving pediatric practice and a growing young family that includes wife, Michelle, and their three children Peter V, 6, Jacob, 4, and 1 year-old Brooklynn - while still earmarking time to provide dental care with a number of projects in the county. READ FULL ARTICLE


Dr. Peter Lubisich IV, Sandy Hardymon And Dr. Chris Herzog Take Home Honors At The 2012 House Of Delegates

Sept. 24, 2012 - Washington State Dental Association - Dr. Peter Lubisich IV was named Citizen of the Year at the 2012 WSDA House of Delegates. Also honored for their commitment to WSDA were Sandy Hardymon, Executive Director of the Washington Oral Health Foundation, and Dr. Christopher Herzog, WSDA Board of Directors member. Look for the complete story in the October issue of the WSDA News!


Daily Brushing

Children's dental problems are trying for parents and for the child. The time-honored remedies of brushing with fluoride toothpaste and diet are still the corner stones of excellent dental health. Said with "tongue in cheek" parents should brush their children's teeth until the child joins the Marine Corp or gets married! Then their drill instructor or spouse can take over! 

Food for thought.

Children lack the motivation, coordination, understanding, and commitment to brush twice daily, everyday! This is a fact. Children and adults are victims of dental disease, so to ask a child to be responsible for their dental care is presumptuous. Parents who are committed to brushing their children's teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, who seek professional care with cleanings and fluoride on regular intervals, and who restrict sugar in the child's daily diet, have families with few if any dental maladies. As with most success's in a child's life, the foundation begins at home.



Preparing For a First Visit to a Pediatric Dentist

What preparation should occur prior to a child's initial pediatric dental visit? Children's perceptions are different than those of adults. They have a vivid imagination and they have an innocence that invites trust. Children cannot intimately relate to adult experiences through discussion. They do best when their dental experience is uncluttered from others opinions and counsel which can create anxiety and apprehension. 

For example, a child's first visit to a supermarket could be tainted with descriptions of frozen cut up animals, cans stacked high overhead that might fall, four wheeled carts that could run over small people, and so on. Someone could unwittingly tarnish a child's initial dental experience by inadvertently using "words" and "descriptions" that would be alarming to a child's imagination.

A good suggestion is to treat the dental visit no different than a trip to the mall. The parent should show confidence, enthusiasm, and trust. If questions arise from the child, it's best to have simple, brief answers and to suggest that the child be sure to ask their dentist the questions because he/she loves to answer questions. The goal is to create a wonderful, dental experience for the child that can be built upon and can lead to a positive attitude about dental care.

 

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