CMC and MCHC team up to provide dental care to kids in need

Poisson Dental Facility’s practice manager Gail Dupuis, left, and clinical coordinator Mary Pierce, DMD are members of a team that will bring on-site dental services to children at Manchester Community Health Center.

Photo by Rick Swanson

Hundreds of Manchester-area children will now have dental care thanks to a new collaboration between Catholic Medical Center and Manchester Community Health Center. A dentist and hygienist from CMC’s Poisson Dental Facility will offer dental services for children through age five at MCHC’s location on Hollis Street in Manchester.

The initiative addresses a “gap group” of children who are in the critical preschool years but do not have a dental provider or adequate insurance. An early relationship with a dental care provider can prevent early childhood tooth decay, which can lead to infections, oral pain, and even difficulty eating and sleeping.

Several times per month Dr. Mary Pierce and a dental hygienist will visit MCHC to offer dental services to children who have been referred to the program by their primary care providers. For more information, go to

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