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February is Children's Dental Health Month

Express Strategies, Community Contributor

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), a statewide, professional membership organization representing Connecticut licensed dentists and the statewide constituent of the American Dental Association, reminds Connecticut residents of the importance of dental health at all ages during February, which is Children's Dental Health Month.

"Caring for your children's teeth is an important first step in your child maintaining good oral and dental health," said Dr. Annemarie "Mimi" DeLessio-Matta, President of the Connecticut State Dental Association, and Pediatric Dentist in Southbury, CT.

Even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for all Connecticut residents, including our youngest, to maintain good dental and oral health. This month serves as a reminder to everyone that they should brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day; and visit their dentist for regular cleanings and checkups every six months.

"Although we are still very much in the middle of a global pandemic, everyone, even children can safely go to the dentists for dental care," explains Dr. DeLessio-Matta. "The health and safety of all of our patients is always top of mind, especially during this time. All dental offices are following strict infection control guidelines set forth by OSHA and the CDC."

Aside from going to the dentist, families can also take many steps at home so that children have a strong foundation to maintaining their good dental health.

Your child's first dental visit should take place before their first birthday. Being proactive about your child's dental health now can help keep his or her smile healthy for life.

It is also important to provide your children with good nutrition. Children need strong, healthy teeth to chew their food, speak and have a good-looking smile. Another important reason why a good diet is essential for a child's growth and development. Almost all foods, including milk or vegetables, have some type of sugar, which can contribute to tooth decay. To help control the amount of sugar your child consumes, always try to read food labels and choose foods and beverages that are low in added sugars. Also, select beverages, such as water, that hydrate and contribute to good nutrition.

You can learn more tips and information about maintaining good dental health on

The Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) has approximately 2,300 members. As the trusted leader and voice for oral health care in Connecticut, the CSDA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1864. For more information about the CSDA, or to find a CSDA Member Dentist to make your next dental appointment, visit