Courtesy Matt Baron, for Children’s Dentistry of Forest Park

In conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month, Children’s Dentistry of Forest Park throughout February is delivering more than a dozen fun-filled presentations locally to groups of children on the importance of proper dental care.

Founded in 2004 and with the memorable “Fluo-rider” vehicle and colorful “Little Teeth Big Smiles” slogan, Children’s Dentistry, 1129 S. Harlem Ave., is one of the most recognized and respected pediatric dentistry practices in the region.

Children’s Dentistry also offers one of the most enjoyable experiences, with an “Under the Sea” theme decked out with colorful floor-to-ceiling murals, an 8-foot circular saltwater fish tank, and video and computer games.

Dr. Jerry Udelson is founder of the practice. His staff exports the clinic’s festive atmosphere to each of its presentations, which include hands-on activities as they discuss primary teeth, tooth function and why healthy habits are important. Every child receives a fun goody bag to take home.

A pediatric dentist since 1989, Udelson has carefully assembled a welcoming, warm staff composed of individuals who possess expertise in pediatric dental knowledge and a genuine love for working with children. And a central ingredient is fun.

That emphasis was recognized recently in voting on Red Tricycle, a family-centered website. Children’s Dentistry outpolled nine other Chicago-area pediatric dentistry practices to receive the area’s “Most Awesome Award” in the Happiest Dentist Offices category.

Among other engagements they have already delivered in February, Children’s Dentistry staff spoke at the River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. on Feb. 4; at the Forest Park Library, 7555 W. Jackson, on Feb. 7; and at the River Forest Community Center, on Wednesday, Feb. 13.

Upcoming talks include the Rose K. Goedert Center for Early Childhood Education, on the campus of Dominican University, 7200 W. Division St., from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Holmes Elementary School, 508 N. Kenilworth Ave., Oak Park, Tuesday, Feb. 26.

For more details about Children’s Dentistry of Forest Park, or to arrange for a presentation in the future from Dr. Udelson or members of his staff, call 708-FUN-KIDS (386-5437) or email