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Thanks to efforts by the New Hampshire Dental Society and dentists from all around New Hampshire, last month more than 800 kids were given brighter smiles and healthier teeth and gums. The volunteer efforts of more than 45 dentists through the Give Kids a Smile program in February helped uninsured children get free oral care as part of National Children’s Dental Health Month.

gkas logoFor some families in New Hampshire, affording regular oral health care can be difficult. To give children the smiles they deserve, the Give Kids a Smile program stretches across the state, and the country, providing preventive and restorative oral care, including cleanings, sealants, fillings, and x-rays. Give Kids a Smile is an annual program through the American Dental Association that has been proven effective in providing oral care to children, which is vital to their overall health and well-being.



Concord Area Dentists held an event on January 18. This was held at NHTI with 21 dental professionals donating their services, time and resources. Participating dentists included: Drs. CJ Thomas, Rich Berryman, Patrick Capozzi, Andrew Albee, Stuart Cunningham, Chris Binder, Victor Stetsyuk, Danielle Hinton, Roger Achong, Dave Bogacz, Ray Orzechowski, Lee Ann Cote, Robert Haney, Robert Marshall, Laurie and Richard Rosato, Sarah Katz, Nikki-Jo Magnifico and Heather Barnard-Nault.

The dental office of Dr. Kimberley Meyer saw 20 children, providing exams, cleanings, x-rays, treatments worth an estimated treatment value of $8,954. Bruce Cronhardt also saw a number of children at his office in Bow.

Lakes Region:

1,344 letters went home to school families, offering free dental screenings and
123 students were screened.
22 students had decay and 3 students had urgent needs.
89 of those screened indicated they had a dental home, while
90 of those screened indicated they had seen a dentist in the past year.
12 students were placed into dental homes for preventive services as well as treatment. 

Seven dentists participated in the screenings and eight local dentists accepted new patients into their practices, including Drs. Derek and Kristine Blackwelder, Chandler and Ashleigh Jones, Glenda Reynolds, Troy Shrupp and Matt Smith.

Also, during the entire month of February, a “Smile School Educational Program” coordinated by Doctors Melissa Kennell, Alan Kennell, Matthew Smith and the Children's Dentistry of the Lakes Region Dental Team, in cooperation with many area dentists, was presented in local schools. Dr. Robert Maguire provided educational visits to two local preschools and a daycare center in the Wolfeboro area.


Manchester area dentists dropped off goodie bags to area Girls and Boys Clubs with toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss.


This area of New Hampshire continues to help kids access free dental services beyond one day by scheduling the kids over the next few months into their practices. Nine dentists volunteered their time including Drs. Nancy Jun, Blake Wullbrandt, Craig McBeth, Matthew Ceilinski, Melissa Duston, Stephanie and Jason Raynor and Steve Hoffman of Dental Health Works.


Doctors Michael and Denise Chow saw 21 children in their office, with a treatment value of $4,200 for actual care.

North Country:

Dr. Eric Hirschfeld and three staff members provided services to 15 children. Services ranged from x-rays to oral screenings and fluoride treatments totaling approximately $2,656 in treatment.


Doctors Whitney Goode and Lisa Slaughter and their staff saw 29 children at Goodwin Community Health Center in Somersworth. Services ranged from educational screenings, cleanings and fillings totaling $10,376 in treatment.

About The New Hampshire Dental Society

The New Hampshire Dental Society is the professional association of dentists in New Hampshire. The Society has more than 800 members and represents more than 84 percent of the practicing dentists in the state. To find a local dentist near you, please visit www.nhds.org or call (603) 225-5961.

NH Dental Society • 23 South State St., Concord NH 03301 • Ph. (603) 225-5961 • Fx. (603) 226-4880