Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee

 

Meeting Dates

All Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee (APIRC, formerly called CAPIR) meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. at MDS headquarters (unless otherwise indicated)

 

  • September 20, 2016
  • December 1, 2016
  • February 7, 2017
  • May 16, 2017
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APIRC Projects

 

APIRC is committed to educating dentists, medical providers, and the community about the importance of children receiving care by age one.

According to the American Dental Association, children should see a dentist as soon as their first tooth appears or no later than their first birthday, whichever comes first. There are several reasons to take young children to a dentist:

  • Early dental visits prepare children for general dental procedures, thus reducing instances of fear as they age 
  • Twice-yearly visits to the dentist are crucial for ensuring proper tooth development
  • Early childhood dental visits can detect potential problems, such as tooth decay
  • As children age, these visits will include instructions in proper at-home tooth care
  • A dentist familiar with the child's teeth and oral development can better spot early signs of malocclusion and other potential problems

  

 

 

Committee Document and Resources

 
 
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Primary Responsibilities

The Access, Prevention, and Interprofessional Relations Committee is composed of volunteer dentists whose responsibilities are to:

  • Recommend policies and formulate programs relating to community oral health, including preventive dentistry, fluoridation, and nutritional issues.
  • Conduct activities to increase access to dental care.
  • Consider programs and promote dental education that will benefit all populations.
  • Recommend policies on issues pertaining to the relationship between dental health and overall health.
 

 

Access to Care Definition

The MDS Board of Trustees requested that APIRC  define "Access to Care" for the Society. The following definition was submitted by APIRC and approved by the Board of Trustees:

The Massachusetts Dental Society believes that every person in our state should have access to dental care. We define this access as the ability to receive high quality oral preventive care, diagnosis and treatment in a timely manner. All forms of care, whether educational, preventive, or treatment, should be provided with the intent of establishing and maintaining a dental home for every patient.

 

 

  

Minutes and Materials

Questions or comments concerning meetings or minutes can be directed to the chair or MDS Staff Liaison Ellen Factor

Meeting minutes are now secure for member-only access. Please click here to log in and review directions on opening meeting minutes.


  

 

Members

Contact the members below or MDS staff liaison Ellen Factor

Chair

 

   

 

 Todd Belfbecker, DMD

 

 Daniel Cohen, DMD

 John P. Fisher, DDS

 

 Rosalia Ann Gallo

 

 Matthew Hickin, DDS

 

 

 Joanne C. Schultz, DDS

 David Leader, DMD

 

 Arnold Nadler, DDS

 Kathryn I. Vitiello, DMD 

 Michael C. Sheff, DMD, MScD

 

 Trustee Liaison
 Robert Leland, DMD

 

Student Representatives

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