Kerry Maguire’s work links The Forsyth Institute’s past with its future. As the Program Director of ForsythKids, Maguire is on the front line delivering dental care to underserved children. The program is a two-way street, with ForsythKids delivering community-based prevention based on research, and gathering data to improve overall knowledge of children’s oral health.
“ForsythKids helps build a healthier community by improving children’s oral health where they live and learn,” said Maguire. “There are a lot of great dental public health programs out there, but we differ in that ForsythKids is aligned with The Forsyth Institute, a world leader in dental research. Increasing access to oral health care is just the beginning of our goal to eliminate dental disease.”
The program brings preventive dental care to Massachusetts children of all ages at schools, day care centers, neighborhood facilities, summer camps and public events. The ForsythKids team of specialized dentists, dental hygienists and certified dental assistants set up care facilities in the schools, using portable equipment. Children receive dental examinations, tooth cleaning, sealants, fluoride and temporary fillings if needed. Maguire and her team are expanding services beyond elementary school to reach toddlers and teens. For more than a decade, ForsythKids has helped tens of thousands of children throughout Massachusetts receive critical dental care.
Maguire holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of Washington Center for Pediatric Dentistry and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine. She is co-founder and chair of the non-profit Options for Children in Zambia (www.optionsforchildren.org). Options for Children in Zambia partners with rural African communities to develop sustainable oral health initiatives and enhance the quality of life for children and families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Maguire is active in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Association of Public Health Dentistry and the American Dental Association, among other national and international organizations dedicated to oral health and health access.