Join the MDS
For more than 150 years, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) has supported the needs of dental professionals in the Commonwealth. Look around your community—nearly 80% of dentists in Massachusetts turn to the MDS for guidance, education, protection, and focused advocacy. By joining the MDS, you have access to an established support system of experienced colleagues and dedicated staff who are motivated to support you today and prepare you for the future. Whether you are looking for education, practice guidance, protection, or for a stronger voice in government, you have come to the right place.
Choose the applicable category below for more information on how to join.
PLEASE NOTE: If you are already a member dentist and are interested in complimentary membership for your staff, please direct each member of your staff to the "Membership for Allied Dental Health Professionals (ADHP)" category below to begin their membership process.
Membership for Dentists
Membership in the MDS is a three-tiered structure, offering you great benefits and comprehensive representation at the national, state and local levels. MDS Membership for dentists also includes complimentary membership for their staff.
MDS members are dentists in good standing who actively practice dentistry under a license to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Active members may also be dentists in good standing who are engaged in activities furthering the mission of this Society, including teachers, interns and residents affiliated with recognized educational or health institutions, or who are engaged in activities of governmental dental service.
Membership for Allied Dental Health Professionals (ADHP)
Dental Hygienists | Dental Assistants | Dental Personnel
Demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to dentistry by becoming an Allied Dental Health Professional (ADHP) member of the MDS.
Staff members looking to apply for a complimentary membership must each complete an application individually.
Membership for Dental Students
Dental students in one of the three Boston dental schools (Boston University, Harvard, Tufts) are members of the MDS and can enjoy the full benefits of membership. A predoctoral student of a dental school accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association is classified as a student member. Student members can access all MDS benefits for an annual dues rate of $5 (included in tuition).
A dentist who is engaged full-time in an advanced training course or a residency program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Dental Association is classified as a graduate student member. Graduate student members have access to all MDS benefits for an annual dues rate of $10.
Membership Benefits for Dental Students
- Health, Personal, and Liability Insurance
- Legislative Representation
- Financial Services
- Networking and Employment Opportunities
- Continuing Education and Yankee Dental Congress
- Informative Publications
- Practical Support