The Whole Tooth and Nothing But The Tooth

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Jeannie Schnakenberg taking a dental impression of a child at Armstrong Court in June 2014. Credit: Leslie Yager

The Greenwich Department of Health Dental Health Division will celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month by holding two free after school program sessions at the Greenwich Boys and Girls Club on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 3:30pm and again at 4:00 PM, titled: “The Whole Tooth and Nothing But The Tooth.”

A puppet show and special guest appearance by Mr. Marshmallow Tooth will be a few of the fun and educational elements of this presentation, which will emphasize nutrition and how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

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Linda Conti takes a dental impression at a CHIPS event in June 2014 at Armstrong Court.

Children will also learn proper flossing and brushing techniques. In addition, healthy snacks and apples donated by Stop and Shop in Greenwich will be available. All children ages 6 through 11 are welcome to attend this free event.

Throughout the year, Greenwich public health dental hygienists, Linda Conti and Jeannie Schnakenberg help over 6,000 students across the Greenwich community to improve their oral health through classroom based dental education, screenings and weekly fluoride rinses. They highlight that having healthy teeth means 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 assist with finding a dentist for families, when needed.

Dental Hygienist, Linda Conti summarizes this valuable service to the children in our community: “Developing good habits at an early age and receiving regular screening helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.”

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