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Flo Rida Announcement

Flo Rida Announcement

The MDS is happy to announce that Flo Rida will be performing at this year's Yankee's 50th celebration! Join us on Friday, January 31, 2025, for a night of awesome entertainment.

Tickets will go on sale when registration opens in October. 

Yankee Dental Congress
Stress Less Breakfast and Learn

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Join the MDS Dentist Health and Wellness Committee for an interactive workshop on learning how to manage and limit everyday stress — all while enjoying breakfast in Middleton, MA.
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MLR Town Hall Forum

MLR Town Hall Forum

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) held an MLR Town Forum on April 14, the same day that the Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) regulation was signed into law. MDS leaders discussed the history of MLR and implications for dentists and patients.

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Guest Board Program

Guest Board Program

The MDS is now accepting applications for the Guest Board Member Program. Any member dentist interested in learning about governance and gaining leadership experience is welcome to apply by April 19, 2024.

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Volunteer This Spring

Volunteer a Few Hours of Your Time This Spring!

Spread the word about the rewarding career of dental assisting with us. We are heading to local high schools to talk about the benefits of starting a career in the dental profession and we're looking for MDS members to volunteer.

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Register for Yankee Study Club

Register for Yankee Study Club

Yankee Study Club reimagines the way dental professionals connect, grow, and thrive in today's landscape. Register now for Spring 2024 sessions.

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Legislative Update

Legislative Update

The MDS recently updated members on the status of the MDS legislative agenda. See what changes have happened with our legislation for 2024.


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MDS Foundation Awards Grants

MDS Foundation Awards Grants

The Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 in Access to Care grants to seven organizations in Massachusetts. 

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BORID Day

BORID Day

Satisfy your BORID and Statutory Biennial requirements all in one day and save! Friday, March 15, 2024, at the Massachusetts Dental Society, 2 Willow Street, Suite 200 Southborough, MA.


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Dental Assisting Campaign

Dental Assisting Campaign Launched

In response to a critical need for dental professionals across the state, the Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) and MDS Dental Practice and Benefits Committee launched a public outreach campaign promoting the dental assistant's role.
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Career Center Discount

Career Center Discount

Need to find new talent? Take advantage of our August sale and post your next job ad with the MDS Career Center. Get a 20% discount today when use code HIRETODAY at checkout. Offer expires September 1, 2023 at 11:59 pm. Limited to one ad placement per person.

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MDS Cares Volunteer Program

Greater Boston Food Bank

Volunteer for the MDS Cares opportunity on Saturday, February 24, 2024, from 1:00-3:30 pm, at the Greater Boston Food Bank to help those in Eastern Massachusetts with food insecurity.

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CDC Offers Masking Guidance

CDC Offers Masking Guidance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new infection control and mask guidance, now that the COVID-19 public health emergency ended. Standard and transmission-based precautions continue, with the CDC suggesting broader mask use.

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Celebrate Spring with Us

Celebrate Spring with Us

Bring the entire family to Ward's Berry Farm on Sunday, May 7, to pick-your-own tulips, followed by snacks, kid activities, a bounce house, a farm store, and more! This event is open to all members and is sponsored by the MDS South Shore District.

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Health and Wellness Walk

Health and Wellness Walk

Spring is here, and there is no better way to enjoy the nice weather than a scenic nature walk! The MDS Dentist Health and Wellness Committee invites all members to a Health and Wellness Nature Walk at the World's End in Hingham, MA,.

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In Our Own Voice

MDS Mental Health Awareness Event

The Massachusetts Dental Society's (MDS) Dentist Health and Wellness Committee is partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to present "In Our Own Voice," a mental health awareness event on Thursday, March 16, from 7:00-8:00 pm.

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Childrens Dental Health Month

National Children's Dental Health Month

February, National Children’s Dental Health Month, is the perfect time to promote the importance oral health to children. Take this time to share the message of good dental habits with patients and their families.

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Yankee Countdown

Yankee Dental is Fast Approaching!

The Yankee Dental Congress 2023 is weeks away. Dental professionals from across the nation will join us in defining the future of dentistry and discovering new products and technology. 
Register now and be part of the nation's premier dental congress!

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MDS Dues Renewal

MDS Dues Renewal Deadline Approaching

The deadline to renew your MDS membership is fast approaching. Renew by December 31 to avoid interrupting your member benefits and take advantage of the 12-month dues renewal payment program.

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Save on Dental Supplies

Save on Dental Supplies

The Massachusetts Dental Society's (MDS) exclusive partnership with PureLife offers MDS members access to even more benefits, including group pricing of up to 40% off all dental supplies and complimentary shipping. 

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Patients First Act

Patients First Act

On January 1, 2022, specific provisions of An Act Promoting a Resilient Health Care System That Puts Patients First went into effect. Recently, the Massachusetts legislature passed an amendment that will delay enforcement of the Patients First Act until January 1, 2025.

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New Board Members

New MDS Board Members

The 2022-2023 Massachusetts Dental Society (MDS) Governance Year began July 1, 2022. The MDS would like to welcome the new members who took office on that date and filled Regional Trustee and Guest Board Member positions.
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Government Affairs Director

MDS New Director, Government Affairs

Joining the MDS team as Director, Government Affairs, Dan DiTullio is the member resource for all of the MDS advocacy efforts. Reach out to him at advocacy@massdental.org. Learn more about the MDS' advocacy efforts this legislative session. 

Advocacy Agenda
Thank You to the 2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Thank You to the 2022-2023 Board of Trustees

Thank you to Dr. Meredith Bailey and the MDS Board of Trustees, who finished their governance term on June 30, 2023. Your  leadership and commitment to the MDS members, organized dentistry, and the Society has created a lasting legacy.

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Yankee 2023 Speakers

Yankee 2023 Speakers

Save the date! You won't want to miss these speakers at Yankee Dental Congress January 26-28, 2023!

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Plan Your Yankee Experience

Plan Your Yankee 2024 Experience

Register for Yankee Dental Congress 2024 today! Check out the Yankee 2024 program book to see all that is in store for this year's conference.

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Midlevel Dental Providers

Midlevel Dental Providers

After years of monitoring the issue and months of considering the impact of the policy, the MDS Board of Trustees has voted to oppose the creation of midlevel dental providers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

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Thank You From Yankee

Thank You From Yankee

Thank you to all who attended Yankee 2022! Without you, the Yankee Dental Congress could not have been such a success. Save the date now for next year's Yankee Dental Congress, January 26-28, 2023. 


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Update Labor Law Posters

Update Labor Law Posters

On January 1, 2022, the Massachusetts minimum wage increased to $14.25, and the MDS reminds you to update the MA Labor Law poster displayed on your office wall to include this change. We’ve made it easy for you: MDS Member Savings Program partner J.J. Keller is offering signs with easy ordering. Place your order today to ensure that you are in compliance.

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New Webinar Available

DA Shortage Webinar

Many dental practices are having great difficulty filling open positions, which is why the MDS Dental Practice and Benefits Committee produced the webinar “Tackling the Dental Assistants Shortage Challenge.” Watch the recording of the webinar now to learn different strategies for recruiting dental assistants and what the Committee is doing to help address this challenge.

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Twelve Days of Giveaways

Twelve Days of Giveaways

Be sure to like Yankee on Facebook or Instagram if you haven't already and keep an eye out for Yankee's 12 Days of Giveaways running from December 1-12. Register to become eligible to participate and win prizes!

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Apple Picking SOLD OUT

Honey Pot Hill Orchards Family Fun Day

Join us for a day of apple picking and fun on Saturday, September 30, 2023, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Enjoy a fall afternoon at Honey Pot Hill Orchards, in Stow, MA, with other member dentists, dental students, family, and friends.

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Celebrate Fall With Us

Celebrate Fall With Us

Join us for a day of apple picking and fun on Saturday, October 22, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Enjoy a fall afternoon at Tougas Farm in Northborough, MA, with other member dentists, dental students, family and friends.

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DEA Take Back Day

DEA Take Back Day

This Saturday, October 23, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring a "Take Back Day" to offer a chance to clean out medicine cabinets and turn in any unused prescription drugs safely and anonymously. Visit the DEA website to access the DEA's online collection site locator and share this information with your patients.
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Fall Registration is Now Open

Yankee Study Club

The Yankee Study Club is a powerful and intimate digital learning experience reimagining the way dental professionals connect, grow, and thrive in today's new dental landscape. Register today for Session 2, and join us online on September 27 at 6:30 pm. 

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CDT Resource Yearly

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.
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Auxiliary Member Spotlight

Aux Member Spotlight at Yankee

The Yankee Program Committee seeks five MDS auxiliary members to each offer a one-hour continuing education course at Yankee Dental Congress, January 25-27, 2024. A variety of speaker topics addressing clinical auxiliary techniques will be accepted for review.

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Member Spotlight at Yankee

Member Spotlight at Yankee

The Yankee 2022 Program Committee is seeking five MDS member dentists to each offer a one hour continuing education course for the MDS Member Spotlight at Yankee Dental Congress, January 27-29, 2022. A variety of speaker topics addressing clinical dentistry and practice management will be accepted for review.

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MDS Classifieds

MDS Classifieds

Buy, sell, or lease your practice, office, equipment, services, or vacation properties with the MDS Classifieds online portal. Our portal features consolidated, searchable ad listings, a clean, easy-to-use online interface, and increased visibility for your ad. As a member benefit, MDS members receive a 50% discount on all ad placements.

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Compliancy Group

Compliancy Group

Could your dental practice pass a HIPAA audit? Reduce time spent and stop worrying about HIPAA by using the experts at Compliancy Group. Using software and one-on-one Compliance Coach guidance, they help dental practices of all shapes and sizes avoid HIPAA fines. MDS members receive 15% off a HIPAA compliance program.
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MDS Member Stories

MDS Member Stories

By sharing his story, MDS member Dr. Eric Block hopes to create a community where like-minded dentists can share their stories, struggles, and strategies for coping with burnout and depression, and ultimately be able to reduce stress and anxiety. Dr. Block is a practicing dentist in Acton and an author, speaker, podcaster, and blogger on a mission to help the dentists of Massachusetts and across the country overcome burnout and anxiety. Join your colleagues for this event on Monday, April 26.

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LQBTQIA2S and DEI Workshop

LGBTQIA2S+ & DEI Workshop

Join the MDS and Workshop leader Tyler Sanslow, DMD, on Tuesday, September 19, 2023, from 6:00-8:00 pm, for a workshop on attaining inclusive and equitable oral health care for the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

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Meet the Board

Meet the MDS Board of Trustees

As we start the new year, take the time to meet the 2023-2024 Massachusetts Dental Society Board of Trustees. The MDS Board of Trustees is composed of the MDS Officers, six Regional Trustees, and one At-Large Trustee.

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Vaccine Update

Vaccine Update

All patient-facing dental personnel became eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine as part of Phase 1 on January 21. The MDS urges dental professionals and their and patients and families to use the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's vaccine location map to find available sites and appointment times.

MassHealth Adult Benefits

MassHealth Adult Benefits

The MassHealth Dental Program restored adult dental benefits effective January 1, 2021, due to the work of advocates and the legislature in Massachusetts. MassHealth members over the age of 21 are now able to access a greater number of dental services, including root canals and crowns, in addition to other important services such as preventive and partial/complete dentures, which were previously covered. 

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Calling All Runners

Attention Runners!

Grab your running sneakers and scarf because it is time for a wintery race! On December 3, the MDS Dentist Health and Wellness Committee is participating in the FROSTY 5K at Natick High School.

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Join Us For Pickleball

Join Us For Pickleball

Hit the courts with us on Saturday, January 6, from 1-3 pm at Life Time Westwood. Light refreshments and time to mingle will follow pickleball play. Register now for this member-only event.

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MDS Book Club

MDS Book Club

The MDS Dentist Health and Wellness Committee invites MDS members to take part in its next MDS Book Club meeting! The next book covered will be The Whisper Man by Alex North. Join your colleagues on Thursday, December 9, at 6:30 pm, to discuss the novel and socialize with colleagues.

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The MDS Newsroom

The MDS Newsroom

The MDS newsroom includes recent media coverage on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to dental teams, dentists and hygienists becoming vaccinators, and commentary from MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon and member dentists.
Dental Hygienist License

Dental Hygienist License

The expiration date of all professional licenses, including dental hygienist licenses, set to expire during the Massachusetts state of emergency has been extended to June 30, 2021. Continuing education credits still need to be completed before renewing.

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Vaccine Information

Vaccine Information

As announced on January 13, 2021, the MDS is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to help with the COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to dental professionals. Effective January 21, all patient-facing dental personnel are eligible for the vaccine as part of Phase 1.

Vaccine Announcement

Vaccine Announcement

Governor Baker announced in December that the state should receive approximately 300,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in December and 2 million doses by the end of March 2021, with additional doses arriving in June. We have compiled vaccine resources, such as answers to members' questions.

Message from MDS President

Message from MDS President

Dr. MaryJane Hanlon, President of the Massachusetts Dental Society, addresses the surge of COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts and the importance of keeping dental offices open and safe during the second wave of infections.

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COVID-19 Travel Questions

COVID-19 Travel Questions

To help MDS members and their staff better understand the COVID-19 precautions to take when traveling during the pandemic, the MDS and MDS Member Savings Partner HR2Fit have produced a resource to answer questions regarding testing, quarantining, and other issues.

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Join Us at the MDS Booth

Join Us at Yankee

There are lots of perks for MDS members at Yankee 2024 and the MDS booth is the place to be! Help us celebrate 160 years of MDS, connect with peers, get your health on, and pick up your commemorative 160th anniversary gift.

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Notifying Patients of PPE Fees

Notifying Patients of PPE Fees

If your office is utilizing PPE fee code D1999 or charging a PPE fee, you must notify patients of the new charge before their appointment. It is recommended that you do this at the time of scheduling or prior to the appointment to ensure they are not surprised by the additional charge.

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MDS Responds to WHO

The MDS Responds to WHO

The MDS wants to clarify that the recent WHO interim guidance is NOT applicable to Massachusetts. Residents in cities and towns across Massachusetts, in line with recommendations from state and local officials, remain able to safely receive routine, emergency, or likely to become emergent oral health services.

Resources for Patients

Resources for Patients

The ADA’s new Patient Return Resource Center features communication tools to help dental professionals educate patients about what they will experience when returning to the dental office and how you are looking out for their health and safety.
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Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

Positive COVID-19 Diagnosis

If a dental patient or staff member develops COVID-19, you must notify all patients who were treated within 48 hours after the person was in the office. Additional CDC guidance provides what to do if it has been less than or more than seven days since the diagnosis.

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2021 Officers

2021-2022 Officers

The House of Delegates elected a new slate of Officers for 2021-2022, including Dr. Abe Abdulwaheed as Vice President, a general dentist in Quincy and former South Shore District Trustee, at its January 27 meeting, and passed three resolutions, including one approving a full-time dental school faculty dues discount.

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Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

The MDS stands with members of our communities, including our dentists and patients, who face injustice and racism in their day-to-day lives. Leadership is needed on this issue from all walks of life, including dentistry, if we as a society are going to achieve the change that we need.

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Our Customer Service Is Award Winning

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The MDS made the LiveHelpNow Challenge list of top companies providing exceptional customer service for the month of May. 

MDS Webinars

MDS Webinars

These webinars focus on important topics pertaining to the dental profession and are designed to be viewed from the convenience of a member’s office or home. The webinars are complimentary and exclusive to MDS members. Advance registration is required.
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DIY Orthodontics

DIY Orthodontics

The MDS has produced a video featuring MDS President Dr. Janis Moriarty and Dr. Andrew Tonelli, who discuss potential risks posed by do-it-yourself (DIY) orthodontic products and the value of seeing a dentist. The video can be shared with patients on social media or embedded on your practice website.
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MDS Cares Program

MDS Cares Program

The MDS has arranged several volunteer opportunities this fall for members seeking ways to give back. Volunteering is a wonderful way to have a tangible impact on someone in need. Consider becoming a part of the MDS Cares Program and make a difference today!

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ProSites

ProSites

Through innovative website design and marketing solutions, ProSites has helped more than 7,500 dental professionals accelerate growth and attract new patients. As an MDS member, you'll get up to 70% off the initial website set-up fee!
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Membership for Your Staff

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.

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Legislative Agenda

Legislative Agenda

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.
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Dental Health for Kids

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.
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10 Under Ten Nominations

10 Under Ten 2023

Do you know an MDS member dentist who has graduated since 2013 and is making an impact on the dental profession or in their community? Nominate them for a 10 Under Ten award!

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SDF in Dental Treatment

SDF Webinar

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.
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