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Dental Care

Poisson Dental Facility: Providing dental care to the underserved

The Poisson Dental Facility has been improving the dental health of the underserved populations in the greater Manchester area since 1983. Preventative dental care is essential to the health of your teeth and gums. But, did you know that the health of your mouth, teeth and gums can affect your general health? Poor oral health and periodontal disease have been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and oral cancer.

Children and adults in the greater Manchester area without access to preventive dental care and treatment may receive a referral to the Poisson Dental Facility at Catholic Medical Center. Our goal is to reduce the number of complex and urgent dental work procedures resulting from the lack of preventative care and catch problems earlier to reduce complications later.  

A Tradition of Caring

The family of Albert D. Poisson, a community leader and CMC trustee, established both the dental facility and the Albert D. Poisson Trust in his memory. Additional funding for the facility comes from Medicaid reimbursement, agency fees, state grant monies and donations.  

Please note: The facility is not a walk-in clinic.

For more information on Poisson Dental Facility services, call:




Services provided included:

  • Emergency care
  • Restorative care
  • Dental screenings
  • Dental education
  • Oral rehabilitation under general anesthesia
  • Oral surgery
  • Endodontics
  • Full or partial dentures

Poisson Dental Facility Program Partner Agencies:

  • Child Health Services
  • Manchester Community Health Center
  • Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
  • Mobile Community Health Team for the Homeless
  • Moore Center Services
  • Manchester Health Department
  • Amoskeag Health - McGregor (formerly West Side Neighborhood Health Center)
All Poisson Dental Facility patients must be referred by one of these agencies. This is not a walk-in clinic.

providing dental care for

kids in need

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

Good habits start young

Brush Early & Often

A healthy mouth is good for a healthy body. Conversely, poor oral health can indicate other potential health problems, even in children.

“Several studies show poor oral health in kids is often linked to a higher body mass index,” says Marybeth Pierce, DMD, of the Poisson Dental Center at Catholic Medical Center. “That can lead to an early risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Kids with poor teeth also make more visits to nurse’s office and can have problems eating.”

Tips for good oral health in children include:

  • First dental visit by age one
  • Brushing with training toothpaste, starting at age one
  • Incentives like a sticker chart or a toothpaste taste test to get older kids involved
  • Charts and pictures to explain the importance of oral health to kids

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Our team of licensed professionals are dedicated to working closely with patients and their family members to provide high quality, compassionate care.

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