Kemple Memorial Children’s Dental Clinic began in 1998 with the vision of Dr. H. M. Kemple, a dentist who wanted to ensure that all children received excellent dental care regardless of their families’ ability to pay. It is the only nonprofit in Central Oregon that provides a variety of on-site and off-site preventive dental education, assessment and care, with resultant referrals and followup for required acute dental treatments for children and young adults (ages 3 thru 25). More than 70 volunteer dentists, hygienists, periodontists, and orthodontists support Kemple Clinic in the delivery of acute dental treatments and specialties.
Dental clinic services
Regular dental hygiene visits (screening, oral health instruction, cleanings, x-rays, fluoride varnish, sealant applications, risk assessment, etc.). If additional treatments are needed, referral and followup services are deployed.
Clinic services are by appointment only and require a referral from a community organization.
Screen & Seal programs
These programs deliver preventive dental services (screening, fluoride varnish, sealant applications and oral health instruction) in schools, churches, health clinics and other community venues. Services are provided to all children and young adults, regardless of insurability.
Kemple Clinic staff and volunteer dental professionals can process up to 500 children and young adults per event. All events include followup actions such as providing a basic screening assessment to parents and making referrals as needed.
Kemple Clinic received a grant to support the hybrid screening and sealant program in Bend La-Pine School District and to develop a billing model that will increase sustainability.