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Join the MDS

For more than 160 years, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) has supported the needs of dental professionals in the Commonwealth. The majority of Massachusetts dentists 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 Benefits for ADHPs

Click the "Apply Now" button below to begin the membership process. You will be prompted to log in. If you do not already have a login, you will be required to create one in order to move to the next step. Please choose the "ADHP" category for your membership type. 

Membership for Dental Students

Dental students from Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 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 dental school 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 at no cost.

Membership Benefits for Dental Students