Kids' dentistry about more than fixing cavities

It's National Children's Dental Health Month, and area dentists say it's a good time to get kids into healthy dental routines.

For ten years, the American Dental Association has been doing a 'Give Kids a Smile' day in February, with dental practices doing free checkups and preventive care for needy children.

Dr. Kristin Clark-Lowell , in practice in Cortland, is part of this year's outreach. On February 22nd, she, with help from the Seven Valleys Health Coalition will host a free clinic.

But she says children's mouth health is about more than a check for cavities: if children start going to the dentist, they learn it's not a scary or painful experience. And research continues to show that mouth care is tied to body wellness, for example heart disease is linked to plaque buildup. can help find more dentists participating in the children's clinics. And the (American Dental Association) website has tips and guidelines on mouth care, by age groups