Dental Associates of Connecticut, with a Shelton office, offers patients a new rewards system called Smile Rewards. Patients, from young children to adults, receive points for visits, checkups, procedures and good dental health habits like brushing and flossing. The Smile Reward points can be used to pick gift cards from stores and restaurants via the dental company\u2019s website. \u201cWe know that early access and examination can help prevent little problems from becoming bigger and more expensive down the road,\u201d said Dr. John Iwasaki, a pediatric specialist at Dental Associates. \u201cAnything we can do to encourage consistent, lifelong dental care is a step in the right direction," Iwasaki said. Pediatric dental services by the Dental Associates local office, 680 Bridgeport Ave., include colorful graphics, toys and video games. Learn more at www.dentalassociates.us.