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Tooth Fair for keiki dental careUPDATED 6:44 PM HST Feb 23, 2014Video Transcript
Young. Boosting Hawaii's poor dental health, means dentist no longer just have to remind kids to brush and floss their teeth, they also have to reassure parents of the state's new safety laws. KITV's Paul Drewes has more from the Children's Discovery Center in Kakaako in tonights top story. 10 15 35 41 1.03 1.13 1.37 1.56 10:13 While most kids are all smiles for the tooth fairy... shot at 6:30 Getting children to let a dentist work on their teeth can sometimes be a challenge. jenny@7:40 "the first time he was scared, so we just had the dentist look in his mouth" ron@10:40 "they like the dentist, they don't like the procedures the dental care" At this Tooth Fair fun day, children got free dental checkup which also gave some a chance to see what going to dentist is like. More kids in Hawaii need to do the same, because the state's dental ranking is nothing to smile over. faye@15:36 "Hawaii's keiki rank at the bottom or near the bottom when it comes to oral health" standup@26:20-26:27 "while many kids worry about opening up and saying Ah, their parents worry more about their safety at the dentist" The recent death, of 3 year old Finley Boyle, who went into a coma after going in for a root canal - reportedly because of oversedation, has other parents concerned their children's dentist can not only do the dental procedure but is also prepared for medical emergencies. tony@13:37-13:45 "if my children needed a root canal, we would make sure the person was certified and there was safety in the office. Someone qualified to take care of the kid at the time" tyler@22:25-22:32 "Having the safest most caring dentist is important for their health" New laws are now in place, requiring more oversight of sedation in dental offices and require dentist to complete training and get permits BEFORE giving patients drugs. Dr. Hori, who doesn't sedate children at his practice, says along with reassuring kids, he also reassures their parents too. 2:30 "dentistry is very safe overall, there was just the one case everyone heard about that caused a lot of concern for parents, which we understand" Now, if only he could convince all children why its important to regularly brush and floss their teeth, like 5 year old francis savea has learned. 23:46 "cause it get your teeth get all shiny when you brush it and take care of your teeth to keep it all" At the Children's discovery center, Paul Drewes KTIV 4 news. Dr. Hori says the most important advice for healthy teeth for young children is to NOT sleep with their drinking bottle, while for older children it is to floss...and brush regularly.