BRIDGEPORT, CT — The staff of DeJesus Dental Group traveled to local elementary schools during the month of February to teach children about the importance of great oral health.

The dental team visited several classrooms of children, from pre-K to third grade. The staff taught each child about great oral health practices and gave a brief presentation about the benefits of healthy teeth. DeJesus Dental Group visited the schools in February in recognition of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

“It is very exciting and rewarding to see the little kids participating in the presentation and asking questions that most people would not ask,” said Phillip DeJesus, who operates DeJesus Dental Group. “When you leave you can see that you are leaving the school with a feeling of accomplishment that those kids understood what they were taught and will use it at home.”

DeJesus Dental Group informed the students how to take care of their teeth, what to eat and not eat to prevent tooth decay, what a tooth is made of, and what poor dental health can do to a person’s overall health. The children also had a chance to learn dental facts — like which animals have teeth — and met the Tooth Fairy.

Dr. DeJesus said the staff hopes to see these programs encourage children to develop great at-home oral hygiene, adding that this type of education benefits the entire community.

“Programs like these benefit the community because we’re teaching the younger generations how important it is to take care of their oral health,” Dr. DeJesus said.

For more than 20 years, DeJesus Dental Group has provided high-quality, compassionate dental care to families in Bridgeport, Trumbull, Shelton, Milford, Fairfield, Monroe and all of Fairfield County. The practice provides a wide range of treatments at its offices in the North end of Bridgeport and Shelton, CT. Those services include cosmetic dentistry, orthodontic care with Invisalign, Incognito, ceramic and traditional braces; and restorative treatments such as dental crowns and dental implants. DeJesus Dental Group also assists patients with sleep apnea and jaw pains.

Dr. DeJesus graduated from SUNY Stony Brook University School of Dental Medicine in 1992. He then started a two-year residency at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York City and became Chief Resident in 1994 before starting his own practice. He earned Fellowship status from the International Congress of Oral Implantologists in 2005. In 2014, he joined the 1 percent of general dentists who have attained Mastership status from the Academy of General Dentistry.

Periodontist Dr. John Rallo is a graduate of the New York University College of Dentistry, where he was valedictorian of the class of 1987. He worked for three years at Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center, where he provided general and periodontal dental care. He also served as the chief resident and earned his periodontal specialty certificate before joining DeJesus Dental Group.

Dr. Isaak Yelizar graduated with the highest honors from the New York University College of Dentistry before completing a general practice residency at New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. While there, he learned of his passion for orthodontics, and he went on to complete an orthodontic residency at St. Barnabas Hospital. Today, he is a board-certified orthodontist with the American Board of Orthodontics, an honor awarded to around 20 percent of orthodontists.

Dr. Peter Yelizar joined DeJesus Dental Group in 2013. He graduated from Queens College in three years and went to continue his dental education at New York University. After completing his one-year general practice residency at St. Barnabas Hospital, he was recruited by Dr. DeJesus to help his patients in this wonderful community.

For more information about the DeJesus Dental Group, its specialists or its services, call 203-372-1220 for the Bridgeport/Trumbull line office or 203-378-9737 for the Shelton office.