Learn more about important Massachusetts Dental Society member news and events featured in email communications that you may have missed.
CVS and the ADA Team Up
CVS and the ADA have created a national campaign designed to help fill members' empty chair time. This campaign allows customers to use the ADA Find-A-Dentist tool to search for a local ADA dentist.
Yankee Institute Fall Courses
Looking to earn CE credits? Yankee Institute's fall course offerings kick off in September. Course topics will range from tooth whitening to office management to infection control, and more.
Now is a great time to start encouraging parents to schedule their back-to-school checkup. Ease their worries by sharing the ADA’s 8 Secrets to a Successful Back-to-School Dental Checkup.
MassHealth recredentials providers and practices every five years. If you are due for recredentialing, you should complete and submit a new provider application, which can now be done online.
Are You Prepared
Is your office equipped for an emergency? In this video from MDS Member Savings Partner HealthFirst, Dr. John Graham explains the ADA guidelines on medical emergency practice readiness.
ADA TV is a user-friendly, high-tech entertainment and marketing system for waiting rooms that empowers you to customize and stream content to patients while they wait.
Help Increase Access to Care
The MDS Foundation needs your help to fulfill our mission to improve oral health in vulnerable populations across the Commonwealth. A small donation will increase access to dental care for many!
Join the Grassroots Effort
Unable to attend Beacon Hill Day? You can still be part of MDS grassroots advocacy! Learn about the issues discussed at the State House, then host a coffee hour or meeting with your legislator.
Pregnancy and Oral Health
Don’t let visiting the dentist fall off your pregnancy to-do list before your baby comes. Getting a checkup during pregnancy is safe and important for your dental health.
Midlevel Compromise Update
The Legislature concluded its formal session on July 31 and the compromise comprehensive oral health bill was unfortunately unable to pass before the Legislature concluded its formal session.
SDF in Dental Treatment
Results of laboratory studies and clinical trials have suggested that SDF is more effective than other fluoride agents to halt the caries process. This webinar provides an overview of the use of SDF.
License Renewal Issue
If you did not answer the MassHealth ORP enrollment attestation questions correctly during licensure renewal, you must contact BORID for information on how to comply with the licensure requirements.
As summer sports get underway, be sure to shield your smile! Mouthguards can cushion a blow to the face, minimizing the risk of broken teeth and injuries to your lips, tongue, face or jaw.
Membership Outreach Award
The ADA has recognized the MDS for our membership outreach efforts with the greatest percentage of fourth-year reduced dues payers converting to full dues membership.
ADA Announces Opioid Policy
In what could be the first of its kind the policy new supports: mandatory pain management CE; statutory limits on opioid dosage and duration; and dentists utilizing prescription drug monitoring programs.
In the News
Media coverage on grants that support programs and initiatives that improve access to dental care and help MDS dentists give back to the communities they serve.
MDS Member Talks Medicaid
Dr. Ronald Maitland's op-ed on the Medicaid dental care system was published in The Berkshire Eagle. He discusses how low-income communities are being shortchanged and how to help.
Tufts Celebrating 150 Years
Congratulations to Tufts University School of Dental Medicine on celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. Tufts has curated an online exhibition and will host anniversary events throughout the year.
MDS Life Member Profile
The Harvard Crimson featured Harvard School of Dental Medicine Dean, Bruce Donoff, detailing his career as chief of service for oral and maxillofacial surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital.
All dentists who received a notice from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection must renew the certification on their amalgam separator. The renewal cycle is now every two years.
Foundation Grant Recipients
The MDS Foundation has awarded grants to five deserving organizations
to increase access to care in underserved areas and improve oral health outcomes for Massachusetts residents.
Sexual Harassment Training
MDS Member Savings Program partner Smart Training and the MDS are offering member offices a sexual harassment prevention training package at a discounted rate.
IV Fluid Shortage
As a result of damage to Puerto Rico's electrical grid, there has been a shortage of IV fluids available to dental and health care providers. The FDA expects this shortage to improve early this year.
New 2018 CDT Resource
The CDT 2018 and Coding Companion Kit will help ensure you are coding accurately for fewer claims rejections and faster reimbursement. ADA members receive a special reduced price!
Good Samaritan Dentist
MDS member Dr. Dmitry Merzon was featured in the news for aiding a driver who rolled his vehicle on the Mass Pike. Along with other Good Samaritans, he assisted the driver and provided first aid.
MDS Demands Aspen Pull Ads
MDS legal counsel Goulston & Storrs received a letter from Aspen Dental general counsel responding to our November 7, 2017 letter
stating the ads will cease airing at the end of December.
Oral Cancer Guidelines
The ADA released the updated "Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Evaluation of Potentially Malignant Disorders in the Oral Cavity," to help dentists appropriately evaluate patients.
Consider Making a Contribution
The MDS Political Action Committee (MDS-PAC) supports pro-dentistry legislators, candidates, and initiatives to promote positive public policy and protect the interests of dentistry.
ADA Passes Resolution
The ADA House of Delegates passed a resolution that permits dentists to announce as specialists recognized in their jurisdictions even if it's not one of the ADA's nine recognized dental specialties.