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  • Samuels Sinclair Dental Center

  • Cynthia Johnson, dental hygenist at the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center, demonstrates proper tooth brushing techniques.

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    At the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center we strive to provide the highest quality dental care for all children, both adults and children with intellectual disabilities and/or developmental disabilities, and/or members of Rhode Island Hospital's academic community.

    A 75-Year History of Serving the Community

    The Samuels Sinclair Dental Center opened on March 23, 1931 as part of Rhode Island Hospital's division of dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Colonel Joseph Samuels, then owner of the Outlet Company and WJAR TV, made a generous donation to fund the construction and opening of the center to ensure that children whose parents could not afford to pay would be provided with adequate dental care.

    The late Joseph S. Sinclair, his grandson, and his wife Rosalyn K. Sinclair recently continued this tradition of generosity with a significant charitable donation. Our new name now reflects the legacy of his family's support.

    Today, the Samuels Sinclair Dental Center is the state's largest and oldest dental care practice for children and adults with special needs. It is one of the first clinics of its kind to provide comprehensive dental care within a general hospital. Our newly renovated clinic includes eleven state-of-the-art, computerized dental operatories.