The Journey Was Just Beginning . . . .

by Sandi on April 16, 2011

As many of you know Tim recently got back from a trip with a great group of people to do dental work at an orphanage in Fedja & a more remote rural area in Thomassique.  So many of our patients gave towards our efforts to take basketballs and flip flops to the kids at the orphanage and we are so thankful for all that you did to help.  Some pictures are posted on our Facebook page if you want to see them here:!/pages/LittletonDentistry/304973457933

We thought that it would be a one week adventure but in this case, the journey is just beginning.  While in Haiti, Tim had the pleasure to get to know a special couple who was also along on the trip.  Matthew is a teacher at Cherry Hills school and is married to a special lady named Julia.  They were considering adopting a child at some point but while in Haiti they were literally handed a child whose family was unable to care for her any longer.  Matthew & Julia named her Adele and she was able to spend a few days with them before they had to leave her at the orphanage with plans for adoption already in the works.  Mary Jo, another gal on the trip blogged about what happened so if you are interested in the details, visit her writings here:

We wanted to share this with you because in addition to the basketballs, flip flops and dentistry that you all supported so generously, you also helped get this group of people somewhere where a little girl’s life will be changed forever.  Here’s a picture of baby Adele and we’ll keep you posted on her journey:


The Tooth Fairy Gives HOW Much?

by Sandi on March 28, 2011

The Tooth Fairy Gives HOW Much?

Whether it’s the result of an improving economy or simple generosity, the Tooth Fairy is slipping a lot of money under pillows in exchange for baby teeth. The nationwide average in 2010 was $2.52 per tooth, an 18 percent increase from a year earlier.

That’s the word from the annual Tooth Fairy Poll conducted by Delta Dental of Minnesota, which points to the busy fairies as proof the economy is gradually improving.

While the Tooth Fairy increased her handout by 18 percent in 2010, the Dow Jones Industrial Average also increased 17.2 percent during the same period.

“The Tooth Fairy may be another indicator that the economy is on pace for a steady recovery,” said Ann Johnson, director of community affairs for Delta Dental of Minnesota.

Fun facts to know and tell:

  • 84 percent of parents surveyed reported that the Tooth Fairy visits their home. 
  • Tooth Fairy monetary gifts ranged from one penny to $100. 
  • 86 percent of parents surveyed reported that the state of the economy has not impacted Tooth Fairy giving in their household. 
  • 70 percent of children ages 2 and 3 years old visit a dentist for the first time. 
  • 90 percent of parents polled said their child receives a regular dental exam every six months. 
  • More than 65 percent of parents surveyed indicated their children consume an average of one to two sugary drinks and/or treats per day. 
  • 55 percent of parents report that their children brush their teeth in the morning, and 60 percent of children brush at night, while only 2.2 percent brush at noon.

–From the Editors at Netscape


Haiti Update!

March 25, 2011

For those of you following the Haiti trip, here’s a quick update although the communication is very short text messages daily & not many details. After a delay getting out of Denver there was a concern that they would miss their connection in Texas but fortunately they held the plane for them and they got […]

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The Basketballs are Rolling In!

March 14, 2011

This is just the beginning of the supplies that you have so generously donated towards for the Haiti trip!  To date there is $875 that has been donated for basketballs and nets and flip flops to take for the kids at the orphanage.  In addition to you wonderful friends and family that have supported this venture, […]

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Time for Panda Express!

March 10, 2011

If you’ll be dining out in Highlands Ranch, consider hitting Panda Express on University Friday to help support our Haiti trip. Panda is donating 20% of all meals sold Friday to our Haiti fund.  Don’t forget to take the flyer if you go: Panda Flyer for Haiti Thanks again for all your help!

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Qdoba Here We Come!

March 4, 2011

For those of you following along with our Haiti dental clinic adventure, here’s an easy way you can help!  If you are in Highlands Ranch this week-end and eat at the Qdoba on University & HR Pkwy (by Whole Foods) on either Friday or Sunday, Qdoba will donate $1 to the Haiti trip.  You have […]

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Headed to Haiti!

February 23, 2011

After many years of wanting to go to Haiti on a mission (and one cancelled trip due to the earthquake) plans have finally come together to go March 22-29. Tim will be part of a team of 16 people traveling together and will be serving in the villages our church has supported for the past 16 years. He will be […]

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What’s the Single Most Common Chronic Childhood Ailment?

February 7, 2011

In keeping with our theme of promoting February as National Children’s Dental Health Month, here is another blog link moms and dads might find useful.  They have helpful information about how to keep your kids on track for oral health.  From their site “According to the US Surgeon General’s Report, more than 51 million school hours […]

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This is Why We Do Sock Drops . . .

February 4, 2011

Our regular readers and patients have probably seen many times information from us about our sock drops or coat collections for St. Elizabeth’s soup kitchen downtown Denver.  We love their program because it’s the most basic, hands-on way to help someone one-to-one that we’ve seen.  I’m writing about it again today because yesterday was my shift to […]

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February is National Children’s Dental Health Month

February 1, 2011

Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, we’d like to kick it off by reminding you to be sure to get your kids in for their regular dental appointment hygiene visits and exams.  So many costly and painful dental appointments can be avoided by good home care along with regular 6 month check ups.  […]

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