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When the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children first opened its doors, it was poised to tackle one of the most pressing public health challenges in the Boston area and throughout New England. Thousands of children living in poverty suffered from serious dental problems but had no access to dental care. The Institute sought to address this injustice.

Dental care 100 years ago focused on relieving pain. Few clinicians treated children, especially those from disadvantaged families. The Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children played a significant role in creating models for dental care and prevention, both of which were core mandates of the institution.

Beginning in 1914, clinicians at the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children treated hundreds of thousands of kids in need from all over Massachusetts. As patients poured into the infirmary, it quickly became clear that dental decay was rampant, and Forsyth was filling a critical need in the surrounding communities.

Now, more than a century after the opening of the infirmary, Forsyth continues its founding legacy by providing oral health care and education to underserved populations across Massachusetts. As we look toward the future, we reflect on our past. Forsyth touched the lives of countless children. Where are they now?

Did you or someone you know receive dental care at the Forsyth Dental Infirmary for Children? We want to hear your story! Contact us at communications@forsyth.org, or 480-251-3144.