Dental health is an important component of one's overall health.

Dr. Kevin Stanton recognizes that and, to help people maintain good oral hygiene, he recently opened Western Connecticut Dental Arts in New Milford.

"Oral care is pretty well related to overall systemic health," Dr. Stanton said.

"Most of the things that could go wrong in your mouth are treatable and fixable," he said.

He encourages people who haven't been to a dentist in some time to visit one so concerns can be addressed promptly.

At Western Connecticut Dental Arts, Dr. Stanton focuses on "conscientious dentistry," he said, noting he provides his patients with the care he would "provide for [his] family."

The dentist's office is located in the medical complex on Route 202, just north of its intersection with Route 109.

Western Connecticut Dental Arts' services include routine cleanings and fillings and just about everything in between.

Other services include veneers, tooth whitening, crowns and bridges, dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, dentures, bonding, cosmetic restorations, sealants, root canal therapy, extractions, scaling and root planning, and Invisalign are available.

Sharon Cunningham of New Milford, who had been looking for a new dentist, discovered Dr. Stanton's office while visiting two different doctors' offices in the medical complex.

She stopped in with her children, Kasey, 11, and Chase, 7, and met Dr. Stanton and his staff and toured the office.

"I immediately liked them right away," she said, citing the staff's friendliness and professionalism and the office's inviting decor.

Feeling welcomed, Mrs. Cunningham and her children set up appointments for dental care.

It was important Mrs. Cunningham find a dentist who is sensitive to her children's needs and did quality work, she said, and she said she has found one in Dr. Stanton.

Dr. Stanton said he went into dentistry because he had an interest in science while growing up on Long Island.

He went on to earn a bachelor's degree from Manhattan College in the Bronx, N.Y., and a D.M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003.

He followed that up with a residency at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in The Bronx, N.Y., and later worked full time for four and a half years at a private dentist's office in North Salem, N.Y., before deciding to open his own practice in New Milford.

The spacious, state-of-the-art New Milford office features two rooms up and running for patients, each outfitted with the latest technological dentistry equipment and televisions for patient viewing, and three rooms that will be furnished in the future.

Dr. Stanton said he works with all the major insurance companies and the state's HUSKY Plan, which offers a full health package for children and teenagers up to age 19.

"I look forward to coming here," Dr. Stanton said, noting "there's always something different" going on.

One of the things that sets apart Western Connecticut Dental Arts from other dental practices, he said, is the state-of-the-art technology.

All X-rays are digital, meaning there is no need for developing and "there is less harm on the environment," he said.

The office contains numerous other high-tech equipment, but one of the pieces of equipment he hopes to acquire soon is an intro-oral camera.

Dr. Stanton said air abrasion is one of the unique techniques, although not new, he uses for small cavities. The technique does not require anesthesia and "works really well for kids," he said.

In addition, his office rarely offers silver fillings.

The dentist's office is open Tuesdays through Thursdays, but he hopes to expand hours in the future.

In the meantime, he works at a private practice in North Salem on Fridays and participates in Monday dental clinics from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury.

Western Connecticut Dental Arts is situated in the medical building complex at 120 Park Lane Road (Route 202), Unit B201, in New Milford.

For more information, call 860-350-9232, e-mail info@westconndentalarts.com or visit www.westconndentalarts.com.