Metropolitan District Dental Society News
In this edition...   March 31, 2014

District Officers

Neela Gandhi, DMD Chair

Robert Memory, DMD Chair Elect

Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD Vice Chair

Justine Kelley, DMD Secretary

Paul Aswad, DMD Assistant Secretary

Michael O’Toole, DMD Treasurer

Steven Spitz, DMD
Assistant Treasurer

Jeffrey Lowenstein, DMD

Chris Owen, DMD

Phyllis Basile
Executive Director


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Dental Profession at Risk

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Improving oral health in Massachusetts and protecting the dental profession are not spectator sports. The strength of the Massachusetts Dental Society lies in YOU! Our nearly 5,000 members who are on the front lines delivering care every day. We need you to bring your passion, your voices, and your energy to Beacon Hill. Only you can  explain the importance of oral health to our legislators!
Click here to register today!

Morning Briefing Session:

The MDS-PAC is pleased to present the fourth annual Morning Session at Beacon Hill Day. Join us at the Omni Parker House to learn more about the exciting campaigns getting underway here in Massachusetts.

Issue Briefing:

Following the Morning Session, the MDS governmental affairs team will explain the society's legislative agenda and effective techniques for communicating with legislators. After this briefing you will be prepared to explain the issues facing oral health to your legislators. Here's what's topping this year's agenda.

  • H.981/S.422 - If enacted, this bill will prevent dental benefit companies from setting fees for non-covered services.
  • H.274/S.998 - If enacted, this bill will create an "advanced dental hygiene practitioner" (ADHP). According to the bill, an ADHP would be permitted to extract teeth, fill cavities, perform pulpotomies on primary teeth, hire and supervise dental assistants, and bill MassHealth, among a long list of "allowable" duties. The MDS believes that this isn't the right issue, the right time, or the right model.

Interaction With Your Legislators:
The Massachusetts Dental Society staff will assist you in scheduling an appointment to meet with legislators in their offices. To schedule your meeting simply complete the registration form, return it to MDS, and someone from our office will begin the process of scheduling your appointment. These meetings will ensure that all legislators hear from their local dentists about the importance of oral health.
Once you have completed your State House visits, please return to the Omni Parker House for a luncheon while listening to our keynote speaker, Howie Carr.

Update on Current Dental Legislation
Michael A. Putt, DMD, MDS PAC Representative

Wednesday, March 19th was “Joint Rule 10” day, which means that committees had to act on bills by the close of business that day. As you can imagine, there was a flurry of activity right up to the final bell. Here are a few of the highlights:
Non-covered Services
The Joint Committee on Financial Services filed an extension order on our non-covered services bill. This is not a cause for alarm, but rather a function of timing. The chairmen of that committee are working to craft a compromise between the legislation that we advanced last session and model legislation developed by the National Conference of Insurance Legislators (“NCOIL”). The NCOIL language has served as the basis for many of the bills passed by our sister states and allows insurers, under certain circumstances, to continue to set fees for services for which they do not pay providers. The MDS has identified a number of issues regarding that language, resulting in the chairmen requiring additional time to review all of their options. While we are disappointed in this delay, we do not see it as part of any conspiracy to derail the bill and hope to announce that the bill is moving again soon.
Advanced Practice Dental Hygienists
The Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure sent the House version of the ADHP bill to study, effectively ending its journey for this session. Unfortunately, the Joint Committee on Public Health chose to advance the Senate version of the bill. The reported explanation for this move was that the chairmen wanted to “keep the conversation going.” The MDS plans to do exactly that, continuing to highlight that this model fails to address the issues underlying access to care, that it is not the right time to add to the dental workforce when we are still awaiting the regulations allowing expanded function dental assistants, and that this is fundamentally not the right model for addressing any access issues that may exist in Massachusetts.
Take Action
Your elected leaders need to hear from you about these important issues. Only you can explain the challenges that you face in operating a dental practice and delivering quality oral health care in your community. Please join us on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 for our annual Beacon Hill Day event. 
Register HERE or by calling Kevin Monteiro at (508) 449-6053.

Tell Your Staff !

The Metropolitan District’s Allied Dental Health Professionals Committee is hosting their 22nd Annual Breakfast and Learn for the Allied Dental Professional on Sunday, April 27, 2014 at The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel on Route 9 in Natick. The breakfast buffet begins at 8:00 a.m. with the lecture to follow. This year we are pleased to have Anne P. Shapter, M.D. present “Link Between Women’s Health Issues and Conditions Which Manifest as Symptoms in the Oral Cavity”. For more information call the district office at: 508-651-3521 or email:

Meetings of Interest

Executive Board Meetings
April 3, 2014 Thursday Executive Board Meeting Needham Sheraton Hotel 100 Cabot St. Needham 6:00 p.m.

District Meetings
Thursday May 22, 2014 Social Evening at Joe’s Waterfront 100 Atlantic Ave. Boston.
Monday, June 9, 2014 District Caucus at The Verve Crowne Plaza Hotel 1360 Worcester St. Route 9E Natick   6:00 p.m.

Parkway Norfolk Study Club
May 8th, 2014
Radiolucent and Radiopaque Lesions of the Jaws
Presented by Sadru Kabani, DMD, Co-Director of Strata’s Center for Oral Pathology
Place: Sky Restaurant 1369 Boston-Providence Turnpike Norwood, MA
Time: 6:00 pm cocktails 6:30 pm dinner/lecture
Each dinner, lecture, including CE credit: $45.00 (if pre-registered) or $55.00 at the door.
Reservations: Please RSVP at 508-473-4999 or email to reserve a seat.
Please make checks payable to: Parkway Norfolk Study Club
Mail to: Dr. David Wolf 100 Medway Rd. Suite 203 Milford, MA 01757

Beacon Hill Day 2014 Wednesday, April 2, 2014 Omni Parker House 9:45 am. Register HERE.
Friday June 13, 2014 MDS House of Delegates meeting Burlington Marriott Hotel Exit 33B off Rt. 128, 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Boston Collaborative Group for more information email Lisa Davis at:
Thursday, April 17, 2014 Introduction to Neuromodulators and Dermal Fillers presented by Dr. Bradford Towne, 100 Federal St. Boston, 6pm.

The MDS Launches a New TV Campaign

DentisTView: You be the TV Critic
The MDS Committee on Communications, as a way of promoting the MDS’ 150th anniversary, has launched a new statewide TV campaign which began March 19th. Two 30-second commercials were produced for the campaign, titled, “Remember When.” The seven-week campaign is being broadcast in the Boston market on WBZ-TV, WSBK-TV, WCVB-TV, ECVB-TV, WHDH-TV, WLVI-TV, WFXT-TV, AND WBIN-TV. The campaign is also airing on New England Cable News (NECN) and WWLP-TV in Springfield, which donated the cost of the production.
Let us know what you think of the commercials. Best comments will be published in the next newsletter. So, make some popcorn and enjoy the show.
View the Commercials   

New Members

Please join us in a warm welcome to the newest of our elected members to the Metropolitan District Dental Society and to those who transferred to us from other districts. We encourage all of our veteran members to make a special effort to contact the newest members listed in your area and extend a warm welcome and invitation to join us at any one of our meetings.
ELECTED April, 2014
Harry P. Treon, DMD Dental Collaborative 4452 Washington St. Roslindale. Dr. Treon is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner.

Laura Kaufman, DMD
Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine 72 East Concord St. #B324 Boston. Dr. Kaufman is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner.

Kushal Shah, DMD
is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner.

Kristin M. Kremer, DMD
is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and is a general practitioner.

Caroline B. Faris, DMD
1425 Beacon St. Brookline. Dr. Faris is a graduate of Harvard University School of Dental Medicine and is a periodontist.

Neha Garge, DMD
258 Washington St. Wellesley. Dr. Garge is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner.

Liana Ghazaryan, DMD
is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine and is a general practitioner.

Steven M. Rubin, DMD
Dental Associates of Walpole 1428 Main St. #1 Walpole. Dr. Rubin is a graduate of Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York and is an oral surgeon.

Sara Ghassemi, DMD
West Roxbury Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 1765 Centre St. West Roxbury. Dr. Ghassemi is a graduate of Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and is an orthodontist.

Please welcome the following members who recently transferred into the Metropolitan District:
Alexander Rabkin, DMD
Maria A. Ghori, DDS 328 Newbury St. Boston

Continuing Education Courses

Dentist as CEO Seminar Series
50% discount for MDDS members (promo code

3 upcoming courses:

Marketing & Social Media for Dental Practices

Friday, April 11 (6 CEUs)
$325 for MDDS members (List: $650), Register

Essentials of Managing People for Dental Practices
Friday, April 25 & Friday, May 2
(13 CEUs)

$625 for MDDS members (List: $1,250), Register

Financial Management for Dental Practices

Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 21 (13 CEUs)
$625 for MDDS members (List: $1,250), Register

: Kevin Richard, Associate Director, Center for Executive Education, Suffolk University Sawyer Business School, 73 Tremont St, 12 Floor, Boston, MA 02108  • 617-573-8304  •

Spend Friday the 13th with Your Friends
at the House of Delegates
Be heard.   Be a delegate.

The House of Delegates is the supreme authoritative body of the Massachusetts Dental Society. As such, it speaks for the thousands of members of the Society and for the dental profession in Massachusetts. The 150th session of the MDS House of Delegates will be held Friday, June 13, 2014 from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Burlington Marriott. The MDDS is the largest district in the state and has the most delegates at the annual meeting. One more delegate is needed to fill our district quota. If you would like to participate, call the district office at: 508-651-3521 or email:

It is fun and very entertaining. You never know how much the House will vote to increase dues. Come on down, it's your turn to experience the adventure that is the MDS House of Delegates. Free food!

Dear Editor

I feel compelled to answer your Editorial Question - do we really need a dental society?

My answer, simply stated, is not if that society continues to live by guidelines established in the last century. The most obvious example of this is holding meetings at a venue that lives in the past like Woodland Golf Club. Since my days in Boston, I have lived on the Upper West side of New York, the Upper East Side of New York and now Los Angeles. Since 1998 in every restaurant in which I have eaten (both in the United States and abroad), I have never been refused admission because of the fact that I was wearing jeans. 

I know Woodland Golf Club is trying to maintain an appearance of retro-dignity, but whether I am wearing denim or a different fabric, does not either enhance or devalue the quality of education I am about to receive. 

What, in my opinion, would enhance the value of a dental society would be if that society led the way toward improving the overall quality of dental continuing education experience regardless of what attendees choose to wear.  As you stated, there are many educational organizations both commercial and academic providing continuing education, but that continuing education is not always scientifically based or clinically relevant.  Just because we attend our 40 required continuing education hours does not always mean that our patients benefit from our attendance, and that’s the real reason for the mandate.

A photographer friend of mine once said “Practice does not make perfect, only perfect practice makes perfect.”  The same can be said of dental continuing education “ Continuing education does not improve quality of care, only excellent continuing education improves quality of care.”

We’ve developed a platform by which dental CE courses can be rated and reviewed by attendees just like every other service and product on the web.  Research has shown that people rely on ratings before they make a purchase. Boards of registration should take into account not just the hours of continuing education required, but the value of that education.  The Metropolitan District Society and other dental societies should be the leaders in efforts to maintain and improve the quality of the educational experience by setting an example by encouraging attendees to rate and review all courses offered. RateCE has provided a platform to make it easy to do just that. 

And RateCE does NOT have a dress code! (Polyester, however, is questionable.)

You asked…

Laurence Barsh, DMD
Founder CEO

April is National Facial Protection Month
5 Tips to Prevent Facial Injuries

Here are 5 tips to help prevent facial injury:

  1.  Wear a mouth guard when playing contact sports: Mouth guards are significantly less expensive than the cost to repair an injury, and dentists and dental specialists can make customized mouth guards that hold teeth in place and allow for normal speech and breathing.
  2. Wear a helmet: Helmets absorb the energy of an impact and help prevent damage to the head.
  3. Wear protective eyewear: Eyes are extremely vulnerable to damage, especially when playing sports.
  4. Wear a face shield to avoid scratched or bruised skin: Hockey pucks, basketballs and racquetballs can cause severe facial damage at any age.
  5. Make protective gear mandatory for all sports: Athletes who participate in football, hockey and boxing are required to wear mouth guards.  If  mouth guards have been proven to significantly decrease the risk of oral injuries, why is it not mandatory in every sport for kids to be required to wear    them?

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