Our Philosophy

Here at Greater Boston Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we believe the greatest way to protect a child's smile for life is to ensure that he or she has a good experience at the dentist starting at the earliest possible age. We strive to make each visit comfortable and enjoyable as well as educational and trust-building. We are committed to form lifelong connections with patients and parents alike.

The specialty of Greater Boston Smiles Pediatric Dentistry concerns itself with the practice and teaching of comprehensive oral health care for children from birth through adolescence. This includes working with children with special health care needs.

For unsurpassed excellence in clinical care, Dr. Shaughnessy is a board certified, specialty trained and licensed pediatric dentist. He has been a healthcare provider for over 25 years, beginning his career as a physical therapist and later attending dental school and specialty training.

We strive to prevent dental disease through early intervention and education, before it becomes dental decay. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, and the Academy of General Dentistry recommend that a child's first visit to the dentist should occur by age one. This is an ideal time for the pediatric dentist to thoroughly examine the development of your child's mouth. Because dental problems often start early, the sooner the visit the better. 

We provide our parents with extensive information and treatment options to enable them to make informed decisions about their child’s oral health.

We value parents as an essential element to their child’s dental experience; parents are always welcome in the treatment room and hygiene area which can allow for a positive shared experience for everyone.

All of our staff is exceptionally trained and knowledgeable in their areas of expertise.

--We never extend beyond a parent’s comfort level.

--We participate with, and/or accept most dental insurances.

--We work together as a team to provide an exceptional healthcare experience in a friendly, cheerful and relaxed environment.

Community Health Partnership Honduras

Dr. Shaughnessy serves as the dental director of Community Health Partnership Honduras(CHP-H). CHP-H travels with teams of medical and dental volunteers to Honduras where they collaborate with local health care professionals and providers to create sustainable and better outcomes for patients.

Dr. Shaughnessy along with other members of the Greater Boston Smiles staff have been traveling to Honduras since 2015, and look forward to continue this mission.  

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