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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.

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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Eating for Healthy Gums

An Eating Plan for Healthy Gums

July 17, 2019 – Research shows there is a link between your oral health and your overall health: Teeth and gums hold important clues to other systemic health issues. 

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2019 2020 Access to Care Grant Recipients

MDS Foundation Awards 2019-2020 Access to Care Grants

January 13, 2020 – The MDS Foundation has awarded a total of nearly $100,000 in Expanding Access to Dental Care grants to six organizations in Massachusetts.
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Direct to Consumer Orthodontics

Boston 25 Investigates Direct-to-Consumer Orthodontics

February 12, 2020 – Boston 25 News Investigates took a look at the direct-to-consumer orthodontics industry and found the need for more regulations.
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COVID19 Recovery Fund for Dentists

MDS Foundation Establishes COVID-19 Recovery Fund

April 21, 2020 – The MDS Foundation is establishing a Recovery Fund to assist dentists across the Commonwealth who are facing COVID-19 financial impacts.
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Going to the Dentist in a Pandemic

Going to the Dentist in a Pandemic

June 5, 2020 – Dr. MaryJane Hanlon spoke to the AARP about what patients can expect at routine appointments.
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COVID19 and the Flu

COVID-19 and the Flu

September 28, 2020 – By following some basic precautions, you and your family can stay physically healthier and maintain good oral health.
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Mouthguards for Fall Sports

With Fall Sports Seasons in Flux, Mouth Safety Remains Concern for Young Athletes

September 24, 2020 – Mouthguards should be considered as vital as masks, helmets, and shoulder pads.

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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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Kids Toothpaste

Toothpaste and Kids: A Little Dab Will Do Ya’

August 14, 2019 – Nearly 40% of children ages 3 to 6 use more than the recommended amount of toothpaste.
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The MDS Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations

The MDS Issues Flu Vaccine Recommendations

October 6, 2020 – The Massachusetts Dental Society strongly recommends all dental professionals and patients get the flu vaccine.
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Halloween Candy Can Play Tricks on Your Teeth

Halloween Candy Can Play Tricks on Your Teeth

October 1, 2020 – Even in 2020, parents shouldn’t forget about the effect all that sugary stuff could have on their kids’ teeth.
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10 Under Ten 2020

Massachusetts Dental Society Names “10 Under Ten” for 2020

September 8, 2020 – Ten Massachusetts dentists have been recognized as the 2020 10 Under Ten by the Massachusetts Dental Society.

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MaryJane Hanlon MDS President

Dr. MaryJane Hanlon Takes Office as MDS President

July 1, 2020 – The MDS is pleased to welcome MaryJane Hanlon, DMD, as President for the 2020-2021 governance year.
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