Our dental program provides complete dental care for children from the time they get their first tooth until they turn 21. Our dental team emphasizes education and prevention, taking the time to get to know each family and talk about good oral health practices from an early age.
When your child’s first tooth comes in, it’s time for her first appointment with our hygienist, Amy Stoddard. Amy provides a cleaning and fluoride treatment for each child, and talks with parents about how to keep even the smallest teeth healthy. We see children starting much earlier than many dental practices, and we have found that children who start seeing Amy from an early age have fewer cavities and other dental problems than children who start later on.
As your child grows, he will start seeing our dentist, Dr. Eric Hirschfeld, and dental assistant, Jen Bona, for exams, X-rays, sealants, and fillings, as appropriate. Children continue to see Amy for cleanings and fluoride treatments every six months. We refer out for oral surgery and orthodontics, and Amy will work with you to ensure that your family can afford the care your children receive at outside practices.
Paying for dental services
Medicaid covers dental care for children through age 18 in New Hampshire and 20 in Maine. Most of the children we treat qualify for children’s Medicaid, which covers many middle class families. If your children are not insured, call us and make an appointment to talk to a social worker about whether they might be eligible for children’s Medicaid and getting them enrolled. Uninsured children who do not qualify for Medicaid can use our sliding fee scale to pay for dental care.