Access To Care

While approximately two-thirds of Americans seek care from a dentist regularly, many of the remaining individuals and families face challenges accessing dental care. Access challenges include difficulty getting to a dental office, prioritizing dental care among other health crises and basic needs of living, overcoming financial barriers, and navigating government assistance programs. The resources below can help you find the best dentist for you and learn about low cost dental care options.

Find a Dentist

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Find a dentist through the MDS Member Directory. Search by location and type of dentist, and further narrow down your search by language spoken, hours of operation, payment options, and more.

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Problems with Your Dentist

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Problems with Your Dentist
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Patients of Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) member dentists expect the best care. When a patient is unhappy with his or her dental treatment, it is a good idea to speak with the providing dentist first. Sometimes the dentist and patient are able to resolve the problem on their own. Sometimes they can’t. That’s where the MDS and its dispute resolution process, called Peer Review, can help.

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How to Choose a Dentist

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How to Choose a Dentist
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You should feel comfortable about going to the dentist and talking about any oral health concerns you have. To choose a dentist who's right for you, take the time to speak with a few dentists to learn about their approach to oral care.

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Your Guide to Finding and Paying for Dental Care

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Your Guide to Finding and Paying for Dental Care
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The good news is that Americans have more choices for dental coverage than ever. Though many people with dental benefits get them through their employers, individual plans are also available through the new Health Insurance Marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act. It’s important to know all your options when choosing the right dental plan for you and your family. Use this American Dental Association buying guide to get started—and get covered.


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