Greenwich celebrates Children’s Dental Health Month

February is a month dedicated to “the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth” and Greenwich is getting in on all the fun that comes from dental health.

The Greenwich Department of Health’s Dental Health Division is celebrating National Children’s Dental Health Month by holding a free after school program at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 3:30 p.m.,

The presentation will emphasize nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices with fun education elements like a puppet show and special guest appearance by Mr. Marshmallow Tooth. Children will also learn proper flossing and brushing techniques. There will be healthy snacks and apples donated by Stop and Shop in Greenwich.

Throughout the year, Greenwich public health dental hygienists Linda Conti and Jeannie Schnakenberg help more than 6,000 students across the Greenwich community improve their oral health through classroom based dental education, screenings and weekly fluoride rinses. They highlight that having healthy teeth involves brushing teeth twice daily, flossing every day, eating nutritious foods, limiting snacks and visiting their dentists regularly.

Referrals for dental work are sent home when necessary and the public health hygienists can also assist families in finding a dentist.

According to the experts, dental screenings and education at an early age are an important public health service. Dental decay is the most prominent chronic childhood disease and is one of the major causes of school absenteeism. Untreated tooth decay can lead to problems with nutrition, growth, school readiness and speech.

All children ages six to 11 are invited to attend this free event. For more information about this program and about the School Dental Health Program, call the Greenwich Department of Health at 203-622-7858 or 203-622-3779 or visit Greenwichct.org.

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