The Cambridge Public Health Department's Healthy Smiles program provides free oral health education and screenings to children in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade in all Cambridge public, parochial, and charter elementary schools. The program also offers this service to Cambridge preschools.
Healthy Smiles has been enormously successful in identifying Cambridge children at risk for dental disease. More than 3,100 elementary school children, preschoolers, and toddlers are screened each year. During the 2010–2011 school year, about 1 in 6 children were referred to a dentist for treatment.
The program was established in 1997 after a needs assessment by Dr. Chester Douglass of Harvard School of Dental Medicine found that nearly a third of Cambridge first graders had untreated cavities.
Dental Health Tips for Parents
Parents who develop good oral health habits for their babies and toddlers, including regular dental visits, are giving their children a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Here are some simple things parents can do:
Last revised on February 2, 2012
For more information about children's dental health and the Healthy Smiles program, please contact:
Healthy Smiles Program
FIND A DENTIST
Act now to prevent dental problems later in your child's life. If you don't have a dentist, contact the Windsor Street Dental Clinic (617-665-3990), a program of Cambridge Health Alliance. For additional referrals, see Dental Services for Cambridge Children (PDF).