School-Based Oral Health Program
The Manchester Health Department Oral Health Program began in 1970. In 1972 a mobile dental van was purchased with funding from the Model City Agency of the Federal Department of Housing and Urban
Development "for the purpose
of improving access to preventive dental care for
school children in the city of Manchester, NH."
Generous donations from the Kiwanis Club in 1999 and 2007 made possible the purchase and updating of the dental van.
In 2017, the acquisition of a new state of the art dental van with two fully equipped operatories was made possible through funding from the City of Manchester and generous donations from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation -Lois G. Roy Dickerman Fund and Northeast Delta Dental. The dental van is used to provide dental care to eligible Manchester children at all 14 elementary and 4 middle schools, and one high school.
Oral Health Screenings
Students in 2nd and 3rd grade at all 14 elementary schools receive annual oral health screenings in conjunction with the school nurses’ health screenings. Approximately 2,300 students are screened annually. Parents are sent the screening results which includes possible dental concerns. Parents whose children have obvious dental needs are offered information on dental treatment resources.
School Dental Program
The City of Manchester Health Department, Easter Seals NH and Catholic Medical Center work together with the Manchester School District to bring dental care to children in need attending Manchester elementary and middle schools. Dental care is provided on the dental van at the school by experienced dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants. In addition to school-based dental care children are then referred to a community dental center for on going care. Permission and eligibility forms are sent home with each child on the first day of school. If you are interested in this program and have not received a form for your child please call (603) 624-6466, ext. 315.