Resources for Parents



There are many resources available in our community that can help your family maintain healthy dental habits. Please explore the list below to learn more.

NH Medicaid provides access to affordable health coverage to New Hampshire's uninsured children, teens and pregnant women. Learn about eligibility for NH Medicaid. Click here to find out if your child is eligible or to apply.

Greater Derry Community Health Services (CHS) is an innovative partnership with a goal of expanding and improving access to health care services for those who don’t qualify for other public assistance programs. Through a network of nearly 120 participating physicians, CHS provides access to primary care, referral to specialists, hospital-based care when needed and an array of other services including dental care services through collaborating providers.

CHS can assist with an application for Medicaid, understanding Medicaid eligibility and benefits as well as sorting through the options of the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Dental Plans: What you need to know
Useful information from Fair Health, a national non-profit organization.

Other Community Resources Providing Dental Treatment

NHTI Dental Hygiene Clinic – Concord, NH
The primary purpose of the NHTI Dental Hygiene Clinic is to educate dental hygiene students to become competent professionals and to increase the public's awareness of oral health. Patient care provides dental hygiene students with a variety of experiences to prepare them to serve the public in the future. Many preventive services are available for a small fee to patients seeking care in this teaching environment.

The Greater Nashua Dental Connection serves people of all ages, regardless of financial, linguistic, cultural or geographic barriers and facilitates their access to dental services. The GNDC not only offers care to those who are eligible for benefits, but also low-cost services to those without insurance or benefits. They are dedicated to offering reduced fees to help make quality care more accessible to those who may not be able to afford dental care on a regular basis.

Saving People's Smile Dental Center in Concord, NH provides affordable dentistry to patients of all ages.

New Hampshire Smiles connects parents whose children are enrolled in the Medicaid (NH Healthy Kids-Gold program) with Medicaid Client Services in order to seek help in obtaining dental care for their children.  Transportation assistance, translator/interpreter services and information related to special needs children can also be found here.

The Cooperative Alliance for Transportation (CART) is a curb-to-curb transportation system serving the towns of Chester, Derry, Hampstead, Londonderry, Salem and Windham. There is also a free Shuttle in Derry and Londonderry.

Learn more about your family’s oral health

Did you know..?  

  •  When a caregiver shares utensils with a child, cleans a pacifier with the mouth or has other close oral contact, mouth bacteria from the caregiver can transfer to the child’s teeth. This includes common oral bacteria and germs that cause cavities.
  •  Tooth decay can be common among very young children who bring a bottle or sippy cup with milk and/or juice to bed or even naptime. It usually manifests first in the upper front teeth.
  •  Most cavities in children start on the back molars and these teeth usually don't fall out until about age twelve or thirteen.
  •  Sticky, sweet foods such as gummies, dried fruit and caramel candies can bathe the teeth for hours in sugar possibly causing significant harm.
  •  The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends changing your toothbrush with every change of the season; four times per year. Additionally, changing it after a sickness can prevent exposure to the germs again once healthy.
  •  The American Dental Association, or ADA, brings you a list of six daily habits that can be detrimental to your teeth and enamel. 
  •  Mouth Healthy Kids, a user-friendly site brought to you by the American Dental Association, gives you a two-minute video on how to teach your child to brush

** Click here for more information like this and other family resources for your child's oral health from the American Academy of Pediatrics. **


Resources for Early Prevention  

  • The American Dental Association recently released an easy-to-read guide for parents to utilize when shopping for dental products. This is a list of toothbrushes, mouthwash and toothpastes all with the ADA Seal of Acceptance. Click here to download, print and start shopping!
  •  Early Childhood Caries, or childhood tooth decay, is the most common chronic disease found among children. The booklet, From Drool Years to School Years, was created by the Delta Dental Foundation; an affiliate of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio, Indiana and North Carolina to help guide parents in caring for their children's teeth from "the drool years through the school years". Enclosed throughout the booklet is valuable information, resources and interactive activities for kids to encourage co-learning.
  •  The American Dental Association, or ADA, brings you information regarding fluoridated water. Links on this website include data on fluoridation, FAQ's, clinical guidelines and medical testimonies. 
  •  Oral Health of Kansas developed the website, Tips & Tricks, of extensive fact sheets on almost every aspect of dental health. This page offers a broad range of oral health topics for kids, teens and adults. Each link is concise, straightforward and also offered in Spanish. 
  •  Fluoride varnish is applied to the teeth two to four times a year at dental and pediatric well-child appointments. The fluoride is essential in replacing vital minerals into the enamel that may have been lost through diet (i.e.: high sugar or acidic diet). In conjunction with a daily fluoride mouthwash, varnish helps prevent tooth decay and sometimes can even arrest it. The fluoride varnish is very sticky and easily painted on to teeth and then hardens. Click here to read more about fluoride from
  •  Dental sealants are thin coatings applied to the chewing surface of back teeth by a dentist, dental hygienist or other qualified dental professional. Sealants prevent food impaction and plaque accumulation in the grooves of molars. When protected with sealants, molars are at a significantly lower chance of getting cavities. The article Dental Sealants Prevent Cavities, is an overview of the ease and success of sealants by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  •  Humans are creatures of habit and that does not change for babies and young children. published The Four B's of Bedtime to encourage routine habits when nighttime falls.
  •  The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend scheduling your baby's first dental appointment by age one. The Surprising Truth about Cavities gives insight to parents about the perks and benefits of earlier preventative dental appointments. 
  •  Proper nutrition: eating and drinking a well-balanced diet so that your body and teeth get the nutrients they need for good overall health and wellness is vital to life-long health. Click here for more information about healthy snacks brought to you by Colgate. Click here for information about healthy drink choices brought to you by Healthy Drinks. Healthy Kids.

Silver Diamine Fluoride

  •  For decades, silver diamine fluoride, or SDF, has been utilized in other countries such as Japan, Germany and China to treat and prevent cavities. SDF is a clear, topical liquid that is brushed directly into a cavity and will stain the cavitation black. The black color change indicates that the fluoride is working and will help stop the cavity from growing. In 2014, the Federal Drug Administration, or FDA, cleared SDF to treat dental hypersensitivity. Since then it has been used "off-label" in the U.S. to arrest the progression of cavities in pediatric and geriatric patients. No anesthesia or drilling is required with SDF but at the Children's Dental Network, we do not apply SDF to teeth when a child complains of pain, if there is an infection or if the nerve of the tooth is exposed. The following links from the American Dental Association, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, Elevate Oral Health and Kids Care Dental deliver more information and data regarding sodium diamine fluoride.
  •  Science in the News; Silver Diamine Fluoride in Caries Management  
  •  Elevate Oral Health; Advantage Arrest SDF
  •  AAPD: Treating Cavities in Pediatric Dental Patients 
  •  SDF is Effective for Treatment of Dental Hypersensitivity, Tooth Decay and Cavities 
  •  Click here for a North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina Division of Public Health Section production called, Brushing is Fun, Start by Age 1! This 7-minute video clarifies and illustrates the procedure of SDF, the resulting black stain and the ease of application. 

Oral Health in Children with Disabilities

  •  Children with disabilities, whether mental or physical, may need individualized dental treatment with a specialist. Oral Health of Kansas established the website, Children with Disabilities, to offer support and assist parents with their child's dental development. There are numerous links, videos and materials to explore with some specific to a disability (i.e.: down syndrome, cerebral palsy, autism).
  •  Colgate provides further information for parents with disabled children

Pregnancy and Oral Health  

  •  With significant hormonal and bodily changes during pregnancy, maintaining proper oral health can be tricky. The National Mother and Child Oral Health Resource Center published an easy-to-read guide that focuses on simple know-how's to benefit mother and baby. For information about good oral health during pregnancy, please click here for a PDF tip sheet. This two-page tip sheet encourages good eating habits, proper home care practices, postnatal care and more.
  •  Watch this oral health video for pregnant women and new mothers. Click here for the same video in Spanish.

Dental Anxiety  

  •  Dental anxiety is a learned behavior and can stem from a previous traumatic dental experience. Sometimes these experiences were years ago that still linger in patients. Sedation dentistry is utilized in moderate to severe cases but other techniques such as breathing techniques and meditation have emerged throughout recent years. The ADA's website, Mouth Healthy, gives you three ways to curb dental anxiety. 

Site and Resources for Kids

  •  Kids will have fun learning about oral health at Mouth Healthy Kids a website developed specifically for children by the American Dental Association.
  •  Click here to view several fun and entertaining videos about dental health
  •  Click here to view a video produced with Londonderry High School TV Production class and Matthew Thornton third graders: Be The Super Hero of Your Mouth
  •  Click here for a young child (aged 3-6) one week toothbrushing chart
  •  Click here for a one month toothbrushing chart