Resource Center

The MDS is happy to provide members with practice resources, as well as limited quantities of oral health education brochures and oral hygiene tools at no cost. Oral health tools and brochures are intended for use at health fairs, classroom demonstrations, charitable programs, free care days and other community events. Please note that three of these resources (The Mouths of Babes, Oral Health is Overall Health, and The Dental FLOSSophy) may be customized with your practice’s contact information and logo at a discounted rate. Visit our customized brochures webpage to learn more.

All MDS free member resources are described below. If you have questions or would like to order brochures, please email Elizabeth Nilson, communications and community relations coordinator.

Practice Resources

A Guide to Identifying Abuse and Neglect for the Dental Team
This comprehensive brochure provides information regarding the dentist’s obligation as a mandated reporter to report abuse and neglect. It defines important terms; outlines the steps to take when reporting the abuse of children, the elderly, and/or the developmentally and physically challenged; and offers guidelines for assessing and interviewing a patient who a dentist suspects is experiencing abuse.


Abuse Poster | Do You Need Help?
A 17 x 22 inch poster that provides patients with important hotlines including: Massachusetts Domestic Violence Hotline (SafeLink), National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline, Child-at-Risk Hotline, Boston Area Rape Crisis Center Hotline, Disabled Persons Protection Commission Hotline, and the Massachusetts Department of Elder Affairs Elder Abuse Hotline.


Prescription Abuse Display | Help Prevent the Misuse of Prescription Drugs in Your Home
Help communicate important safety messages to your patients with this tabletop display, which can easily be placed on your office front desk or in a patient waiting area. The display allows patients to tear-off a tip sheet about how to keep prescription medications safe in their homes.


Prescription Abuse Tear-off Pads
Refill tear-off pads for the Prescription Abuse Display. The tear-off sheets describe how patients can keep prescription medications safe in their homes. 


A Guide to Understanding the MDS Peer Review Process | Resolving Dentist-Patient Disputes
This comprehensive brochure explains the MDS Peer Review Process, a program designed to resolve issues concerning the quality and/or appropriateness of dental treatment provided by an MDS member dentists.

Oral Health Education Brochures

Baby Oral Health | The Mouths of Babes

The Mouths of Babes brochure educates new parents on early oral health care for newborns and toddlers. The brochure discusses brushing and flossing, first dental visits, baby bottle tooth decay, teething, thumbsucking, and pacifier use. 


Children's Activity Book
This activity book for kids is filled with puzzles, word activities, and games all about oral health and making healthy choices. It is a great piece to distribute at school presentations, free care days, and Give Kids a Smile events.


Children's Oral Health | A Bright Future Begins with a Healthy Smile 
The A Bright Future Begins with a Healthy Smile brochure teaches children about the importance of nutrition, visiting the dentist regularly, brushing and flossing, and wearing a mouthguard. It also includes fun word games. 


Flossing | The Dental FLOSSophy
The Dental FLOSSophy brochure educates children on the importance of flossing every day and demonstrates the proper way to floss. 


Fluoride and Fluoridation | Fluoride
The Fluoride brochure discusses the importance of fluoride to oral health. It educates adults about the safety of fluoride, community water fluoridation, systemic and topical fluoride, and other methods that cavities can be avoided.


Mouthguards | Grin and Wear It
The Grin and Wear It brochure discusses the importance of wearing a mouthguard during contact sports, the different types of mouthguards available, and how to care for and handle your mouthguard. 


Mouth Sores | A Pain in the Mouth
A Pain in the Mouth brochure educates the public about oral diseases such as canker sores, oral herpes, meth mouth, and oral cancer. The brochure outlines how oral lesions can be treated and what you can do to prevent them.


Oral Health Is Overall Health
The Oral Health Is Overall Health brochure focuses on the importance of oral health as it pertains to one's overall physical health. The brochure discusses regular oral care and how it relates to systemic diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and more.


Oral Piercings | All That Glitters Is Not Golden to Your Oral Health
The All That Glitters Is Not Golden to Your Oral Health brochure educates young adults and parents about the risks of oral piercings and the best ways to prevent infection and oral injuries from them.


Soft Drinks and Tooth Decay | Canning Tooth Decay 
The Canning Tooth Decay brochure educates students, teachers, and parents on the effects that too much soda and other soft drinks can have on oral health.

Oral Hygiene Products and Tools

  • Adult toothbrush
  • Toddler toothbrush
  • Pre-teen toothbrush
  • Adult oral care kit – Includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush cap, toothbrush timer, and floss
  • Child oral care kit – Includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, toothbrush cap, toothbrush timer, and floss