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Urban Dental

While tribal and reservation dental clinics often lack sufficient dentists, Indian clinics in cities, where most Native Americans live, have even fewer — and sometimes none.

Jessica Greene’s 17-month-old daughter Emerie has only 10 teeth so far, but they’ve been inspected five times by Head Start workers, varnished with fluoride and checked twice by dentists at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s clinic on the tribe’s reservation on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. After seeing her older son’s teeth damaged by cavities, Greene made sure her daughter got dental care early.
Permalink Jessica Greene’s 17-month-old daughter Emerie has only 10 teeth so far, but they’ve been inspected five times by Head Start workers, varnished with fluoride and checked twice by dentists at the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe’s clinic on the tribe’s reservation on Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula. After seeing her older son’s teeth damaged by cavities, Greene made sure her daughter got dental care early.Gallery

IHS Tooth Decay

IHS Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can undermine a child’s physical and psychological health in sinister ways. An IHS initiative steps up prevention efforts with new message for parents.

Camie Jae Goldhammer and daughter Dylan Phaye Goldhammer
Permalink Camie Jae Goldhammer of Seattle holds her daughter, Dylan Phaye Goldhammer. Goldhammer, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, founded the Native American Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington in 2010.
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IHS is Baby-Friendly

IHS is Baby-Friendly

Breastfeeding becoming the norm at more Native hospitals. Indian Health Service taking quick steps toward goal of Baby-Friendly certification for all of its hospitals.

PBJ and Milk
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Breastfeeding Nutrition

Breastfeeding Nutrition

Tips for how Native moms who breastfeed can choose nutritious commodity foods and common sense habits to support infant health and growth.

Port Gamble
Permalink The young mother’s group gathers in October by the doors of the traditional longhouse on the Port Gamble S’klallam Tribe reservation on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. From left: Judy DeCoteau, family support specialist holding baby Judy Lynn, daughter of Amanda Purser; Maria Mockel with her baby, Teagan; Heila Blair, community health nurse; Sierra DeCoteau, holding her baby, Nakaya; Paris Orallo, Blair’s daughter; Jordan DeCoteau in red shirt behind Paris; Savannah Strickland; Amy Membrere, mental health counselor with her baby, Wyatt; and Shallee Baker.
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Breastfeeding Data

Breastfeeding Data

Despite being statistically more likely to breastfeed, many Native American mothers stop nursing after 6 months. Mental concerns top the list of difficulties they face.

Crystal Leonard and Coltrane Leonard
Permalink Crystal Leonard, Navajo, holds her son Coltrane Leonard, who is now 3 years old.
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Breastfeeding Coalitions

Breastfeeding Coalitions

Coalitions and other tribal and statewide Native breastfeeding groups are sprouting up in Nevada, Arizona, South Dakota, and other parts of Indian Country.