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Read the latest news and announcements from the Massachusetts Dental Society as well as media coverage on the dental profession, our organization, and our members.

MDS Foundation Awards 2022 Grants

MDS Foundation Awards 2021-2022 Grants

The MDS Foundation recently awarded more than $80,000 in grants to eight organizations serving the oral health needs of Massachusetts residents.
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Massachusetts Dentist Vaccinating for COVID-19

Massachusetts Dentist Vaccinating for COVID-19

January 2, 2022 — On a recent Sunday afternoon, Dr. Rosie Wagner, a general dentist in Somerville, opened her practice doors with a mission to help stop the spread of COVID-19. 

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This Holiday Season Be Good to Your Teeth

This Holiday Season Eat, Drink, and Be Good to Your Teeth

December 1, 2021 — While you know that the holiday season can be tough on your wallet and your waistline, did you also know it can pose some danger to your gumline?

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Bad Breath

Bad Breath: It's Not a Mask Thing

December 1, 2021 — Since face mask wearing was implemented last year to help slow the spread of COVID-19, many have become aware of something that previously eluded them: They have bad breath.
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MDS 2021 William McKenna Volunteer Hero

Dr. Sean Rayment Is the 2021 William McKenna Volunteer Hero

August 2, 2021 – The MDS and the Journal of the Massachusetts Dental Society are pleased to announce the 2021 William McKenna Volunteer Hero.
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Dr Meredith Bailey Takes Office as MDS President

Dr. Meredith Bailey Takes Office as MDS President

July 12, 2021 – The MDS is pleased to welcome Meredith A. Bailey, DMD, as its 158th President for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 governance years.
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Shawmut Provides MDS Members with PPE

Shawmut Provides MDS Members with US-Made PPE

May 4, 2021 – Shawmut Corporation announced a partnership with the MDS to offer members PPE as part of the organization’s Member Savings Program.
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MDS Member Notes Surge in Appointment Requests

MDS Member Notes Surge in Appointment Requests

May 4, 2021 – Dr. Vincent Mariano told Western Mass News that he’s seeing twice the amount of new patients as well as current patients returning since before COVID-19.
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A Message from MDS Executive Director

A Message from MDS Executive Director Kevin Monteiro

June 29, 2021 – A message from the Executive Director thanking 2020-2021 MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon and the rest of the Board of Trustees.
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10 Under Ten 2021

MDS Names "10 Under Ten" for 2021

May 3, 2021 – Ten Massachusetts dentists have been recognized as the 2021 “10 Under Ten” by the Massachusetts Dental Society.

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Message from MDS President Atlanta

A Message from MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon

March 22, 2021 – A message addressing the recent violent attacks against Asian Americans in Atlanta.
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Child Oral Health Tips

Child Oral Health Tips

March 5, 2021 – To help promote the benefits of establishing good oral health habits at an early age, the MDS offers parents and caregivers five tips for a child's oral health.
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School Sports

Mouthguards for Youth Athletes

February 23, 2021 – The MDS reminds parents, coaches, and athletic directors to make sure that their athletes put in a mouthguard before they put on that face mask.
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COVID Stress

Don't Let COVID-19 Stress Grind You Down

February 17, 2021 – COVID-19 pandemic stress can cause you to grind your teeth—an oral health condition known as bruxism.

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MDS Foundation Grants

MDS Foundation Awards Grants to Oral Health Programs

February 3, 2021 – The MDS Foundation has awarded a total of more than $66,000 in grants to five organizations in Massachusetts.
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LiveHelpNow Award Jan 2021

Yankee Virtual 2021 Receives Best Customer Service Award

February 1, 2021 – The Massachusetts Dental Society and Yankee Virtual 2021 made the LiveHelpNow Challenge list for the month of January.
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Bloomberg Radio

MDS President on Bloomberg Radio

February 1, 2021 – Dr. MaryJane Hanlon was interviewed live on Bloomberg Radio's Baystate Business program to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.

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Vaccine Availability

COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to All Phase 1 Groups

January 22, 2021 – The COVID-19 vaccine is now open to dental professionals providing patient-facing care.
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Vaccine Media Coverage

Dentists Frustrated by Wait for Vaccine

January 18, 2021 – Dentists across the Commonwealth are frustrated by the wait for and lack of communication from the state about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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Dentists Administering Vaccines

Dental Professionals as COVID-19 Vaccinators

January 13, 2021 – MDS member dentists speak to reporters about dental professionals being included in the state’s pool of COVID-19 vaccinators.
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Delta Dental Letter

Delta Dental CEO Sends Letter to Governor Baker Advocating for Dentists to Receive Vaccine

January 13, 2021 – The MDS applauds the letter and appreciates the support from Delta Dental.

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Vaccine Advocacy

MDS President Asks for Clarity on Vaccines for Dentists

January 7, 2021 – Dr. MaryJane Hanlon spoke to local media outlets to express frustration on behalf of members who want to know when they’ll be vaccinated.
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New Executive Director

MDS Welcomes New Executive Director

January 11, 2021 – Association veteran Kevin C. Monteiro, CAE, has been appointed the organization’s new Executive Director.

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Media Highlights for 2020

Ten MDS Media Highlights in 2020

December 21, 2020 – We have chosen 10 MDS media highlights from the year to feature as we wrap up 2020.
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Vaccine Boston 25

Boston 25 on Dentists Administering Vaccines

December 11, 2020 – Dr. MaryJane Hanlon discussed Massachusetts dentists administering the COVID-19 vaccine to their patients, colleagues, and staff.
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Vaccine Administration

MDS Adopts Policy Regarding Dentists Administering Vaccines

December 10, 2020 – Dentists have the knowledge and skills to administer critical vaccines, including COVID-19.
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Pandemic Safety

Dentists Stress Safety of Going to Routine Appointments

November 23, 2020 – MDS member dentists spoke about what Massachusetts dental practices are experiencing amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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ADA Safe Dental Care

ADA: Dental Care Should Continue During Pandemic

November 17, 2020 – The ADA issued a statement that dental care can continue to be delivered safely, and that dental care is essential health care.

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Pandemic Stress and Oral Health

Dentists Report Uptick in Cracked Teeth Due to Stress

November 13, 2020 – Dr. Vincent Mariano is seeing a significant increase in patients needing functional mouth guards.
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2021 State Budget

Budget Plan Seeks Expanded Dental Coverage

November 11, 2020 – MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon speaks about the House version of the fiscal 2021 state budget.
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Drilling Down on Dentistry

Drilling Down on Dentistry

October 8, 2020 – MDS President Dr. MaryJane Hanlon reflects on the challenges Massachusetts dentists are facing and why dentistry is critically important to our local communities.

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