Learn more about important Massachusetts Dental Society member news and events featured in email communications that you may have missed.
Membership for Your Staff
Did you know that your MDS membership includes complimentary membership for your staff? If you haven’t taken advantage of this member benefit already, encourage your staff to enroll today and share the perks of membership, including continuing education and more.
MDS Connection May June 2019
In the latest MDS Connection, read about the member who came to the aid of a WWII veteran. Also in this issue: Beacon Hill Day recap.
PureLife's mission is to make a positive difference in human and environmental health. They offer an affordable mail-back program for sharps, amalgam, medical, and X-ray waste, saving MDS members hundreds of dollars over traditional pick-up services.
Using Electronic Records Safely
While electronic records are definitely an asset, they also present challenges. This article from the Spring 2019 Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society explains how to protect your records—and your practice.
MDS Clinician Corner
Want to speak at Yankee Dental Congress 2020? Submit your application today for the chance to offer a one-hour CE course to fellow dentists at New England's largest conference for dental professionals!
Delta Audit Practices
The MDS has recently been contacted by numerous member dentists who are being audited by Delta Dental of Massachusetts and who feel that this is an inappropriate intrusion into the relationship between dentists and their patients. The MDS reviewed these members’ complaints and believes these complaints merit further investigation.
MA Paid FMLA Webinar
On July 1, Massachusetts employers are subject to the new state Paid Family and Medical Leave law and must begin submitting contributions on behalf of workers and covered individuals. If you missed the webinar hosted by MDS, watch the recording the learn how to be in compliance with the new law.
New Labor Law Posters
With the new Paid Family and Medical Leave law going into effect on July 1, you must update your state labor law posters. MDS Member Savings Program partner J.J. Keller & Associates provides federal/state employment law poster sets, as well as a poster update service.
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TeamSmile at Fenway Park
TeamSmile is once again partnering with the Boston Red Sox! Dental professionals will be providing care to Boston-area children at Fenway Park on Friday, May 3. Volunteer positions have been filled, but stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities.
Tufts Signing Day
Tufts Dental School held a Signing Day for graduating students, who heard from MDS Vice President Dr. Mary Jane Hanlon and Dr. Claire McCarthy, representing the MDS Membership Committee. All students signing up for MDS and ADA membership received a gift bag!
ADA 10 Under 10
Congratulations to MDS member Dr. Kadambari "Kady" Rawal, who was selected as an ADA 10 Under 10 for her impressive outreach efforts in Boston and India, along with her extensive clinical practice work.
ASDA Speaker of the House
Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine third-year student Anisha Pandya was recently elected national speaker of the house of the American Student Dental Association (ASDA).
On March 11, the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards adopted a resolution to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty, making it one of only 10 recognized dental specialties.
The MDS at Boston University
Graduating students from BU's School of Dental Medicine received gift bags at their graduation meetings last week to celebrate signing up for ADA/MDS membership. Stay tuned to MDS on Instagram to see more signing day photos.
Periodontal Code Changes
There will be new code/benefit frequency and limitation regulatory changes for certain periodontal codes for the MassHealth and Health Safety Net dental programs that will take effect April 22. It was previously announced the changes would take effect March 22.
In this Journal article, a patient presented for treatment of a persistent white patch on his left lower lip. He said he spends a good deal of time in the sun and that his lower lip often feels “chapped.”
Hygienist License Renewal
All dental hygienists must renew their licenses by March 31, 2019, if they haven't done so already. Be sure to fulfill all requirements before the end of the month!
A new legislative session has kicked off on Beacon Hill, and the MDS is advocating for several bills that would impact you, your dental practice, and the oral health of the Commonwealth.
Dental Health for Kids
February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The Massachusetts Dental Society offers parents, caregivers, and teachers five ways to help children establish good oral health habits at an early age.
Yankee Rebate 2019-2020
If you're an MDS member and spent more than $2500 on the Exhibit Hall Floor at the 2019 Yankee Dental Congress, you could attend Yankee Dental 2020 for free.
2019-2020 MDS Officers
The 2019 House of Delegates has elected the following officers for the 2019-2020 term:
Dr. Janis Moriarty
Dr. MaryJane Hanlon
- Vice President:
Dr. Meredith Bailey
10 Under Ten Awards 2019
Congratulations to this year's 10 Under Ten Award honorees! Each of the recipients was recognized for their contributions to the profession, their community, and/or organized dentistry.
Tobacco and Vaping
The U.S. Surgeon General has called the recent surge in youth vaping an “epidemic." Help educate patients on the risks associated with tobacco, vaping, and e-cigarettes with information from the MDS.
Yankee Award Recipients
Congratulations to Revere dentist and MDS Past President Dr. Charles Silvius, recipient of the prestigious James W. Etherington Award, and all of the dental professionals honored at the Yankee Dental Congress!
Host Your Legislator
With a new legislative session just around the corner, it’s time to strengthen your relationships with legislators. Contact
the MDS Government Affairs team to schedule a grassroots visit at your practice.
Dr. Casey Jones, who practices in Lee, launched an education and prevention program focused on children’s oral health. During school visits, she teaches kids about cavities and how to prevent them.
Journal Nets Two Awards
Discouraging DIY Dentistry
The ADA discourages the use of DIY dental treatments, such as teeth straightening kits, veneers, and bruxism devices. DIY treatments can have long-term and possibly irreparable effects.
Take the Fear Out of Debt
This Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society article looks at how you can increase income and improve cash flow by purchasing a business and paying practice debt first.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 2019 CDT Resource
This coding resource from the ADA will help you ensure that you are coding accurately for fewer claims rejections and faster reimbursement. ADA members can even purchase the kit for 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.