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Founded in 2002, Dental Health Works opened its doors to help meet the oral health needs of Cheshire County, which at the time, was a Dental Professional Shortage area. Since then we have grown to be a full service dental provider and have helped thousands of residents in our region. Our mission is to help provide dental care to the residents of Cheshire County who have limited access to oral health services, though all are welcome at Dental Health Works!

Cheshire Smiles, our region’s only school-based preventive dental hygiene program, is a service of Dental Health Works.  Children seen at their school by our staff may continue their care here at our offices.  For over 20 years Cheshire Smiles has served the children of the Monadnock region.



Whether you’re looking for a new dentist, have a toothache, need a cleaning, or have other dental needs … you’ve come to the right place. Dental Health Works’ caring dentists, hygienists and the rest of our dental team are ready to take care of you. We accept a broad range of insurance plans, work with those who are uninsured and are a New Hampshire Medicaid Provider. Adults and children of all ages are welcome.

We offer a full range of general and family dentistry services. Give us a call and we will be happy to set up an appointment for you!

About Us
Regular dental exams are an important part of preventive health care.

During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease. The dentist or hygienist will also evaluate your risk of developing other oral health problems, as well as check your face, neck and mouth for abnormalities. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.

During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will likely discuss your diet and oral hygiene habits and might demonstrate proper brushing and flossing techniques. Other topics for discussion might include lifestyle factors that can affect oral health and possible cosmetic improvements to your teeth.

Dental Fillings

When decay develops in a tooth it is necessary to remove the decayed tooth structure and 
replace it with a restoration.


Resin (white) fillings:  Resin or white fillings are made of a composite material which 
comes in different shades so that they can be designed to match the shading and color of your natural teeth. When resin fillings are placed, the decay is removed from the tooth and the material is bonded to the natural tooth and then shaped so it looks like your original healthy tooth.

Amalgam (silver) fillings:  Amalgam or silver fillings are made of an alloy of metals 
including mercury.  Amalgam comes in only one color, silver.  When a tooth is restored with amalgam, the decay is removed and then grooves are carved in to the remaining tooth in order to mechanically hold the filling in place.  


Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay.  If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth.

The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. Porcelain crowns can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.

Emergency Dentistry
Have a tooth ache? Call us - we have same day and next day appointments that fit your schedule. Not sure if your dental problem is an emergency? Please call and tell us your symptoms. Even injuries that seem small can affect the living tissues inside the teeth. Quick treatment improves the odds of saving injured or damaged teeth
Dental Hygiene


A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth and gums. Prophylaxis is an important dental treatment for stopping the progression of gingivitis and periodontal disease. Prophylaxis is an effective procedure in keeping the oral cavity in proper health and halting the progression of gum disease.

Your Child's First Visit


The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child see a dentist on or after their first birthday. An examination on a one-or two-year-old child doesn’t involve a lot of teeth and can be done very quickly. Very few children need to have their teeth cleaned at that age. However, an actual cleaning can be done while demonstrating oral hygiene to parents. The focus on the dental well child visit is to very easily examine the infant and educating the parent.

Complete and Partial Dentures

Partial or complete dentures are necessary when teeth are extracted.  This can happen due to extensive decay, periodontal disease or an accident.


When complete dentures are needed,  a patient has two choices, immediate or conventional.

 Immediate Dentures are placed right after the extractions are done. While immediate dentures offer the benefit of having teeth during this healing period, it is very unlikely that they will fit well after the mouth has healed. Most likely, it will be necessary to either redo the part of the denture that sits on the gums, called a reline or to make a new denture completely.


There are several reasons why teeth need to be extracted.  Sometimes, the tooth is decayed 
beyond the point where it can not be restored.   Other times, the nerve has died or been damaged, 
in which case the options would be root canal therapy and a crown or extraction of a tooth.


At Dental Health Works we perform simple extractions of all types of teeth using local anesthesia.  This enables you to drive yourself to and from the appointment.  
Most patients for whom we perform extractions don't have the need for prescription pain medication.  

Our Services



Dr. Stephen Hoffman

General Dentist







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Dental Assistants
Anavelcis , Sonja 


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Administrative Staff

Traci, Dawn, Deanna

Our Staff
Contact Us


Our Address

69 V Island Street

Keene, NH 03431


Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday  :  8AM – 5PM

Friday  :  8AM – 12PM

Saturday and Sunday  :  Closed


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