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Features & Costs in the Bay State

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Massachusetts is a relatively small state in New England but it still boasts 2,414 general dentistry practices and 2,492 specialty practices according to Dentagraphics. Alongside these dental practices are top dental schools such as the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the School of Dental Medicine at Tufts University, and the Boston University Dental School. Not only do these schools train some of the best dentists in the nation but they also provide dental clinics to help students train and provide dental care at a low-cost to people with modest incomes.

MA Dental Plans & Premiums

An examination of 14 different dental plans offered by five different insurance brands established a monthly premium range (assuming a 22 year-old applicant) from $26.85 a month to $98.38. The average premium for the plans surveyed was $56.85 a month. The five issuers represented in this review were:

Deductibles varied by dental plan, but to a much lesser extent than deductibles vary among traditional medical insurance plans. The lowest single-person deductible among the Massachusetts dental plans reviewed was $50 for covered services. The highest deductible for an individual was $150. Some plans capped the maximum deductible for an entire family (e.g. $150) while other plans had a deductible for each family member (e.g. $50 per person). The family caps were as high as $450 a year. Some plans with deductibles waived the deductible obligation for preventive services such as annual teeth cleaning performed by an in-network dental care provider.

Great State for Dentists?

Nearly 7,000,000 people live in Massachusetts, with the majority of them residing in the eastern portion of the state. The population leans toward the better educated with 90.8 percent having at least a high school degree and about 44 percent with a college Bachelors degree according to the U.S. Census. A 2019 study by 24/7 Wall St. claimed that Massachusetts was the best state for a dental practice when considering dentists per capita, salary, the presence of dental schools, and quality of life.

Medicaid and Dental Care in Massachusetts

Medicaid is a government-run insurance program providing health coverage to people (children as well as adults) who have a low household income. In the state of Massachusetts, the program is named "MassHealth." MassHealth does offer dental benefits for individuals who qualify for the program. Covered dental services may include annual dental exams, preventive services, x-rays, teeth cleaning, dental sealants, fillings, crowns, and root canals.

To determine if you are eligible for MassHealth, visit the State of Massachusetts's webpage detailing the eligibility requirements for MassHealth, the Health Safety Net, and Children's Medical Security Plan.

The below section provides links to online resources covering oral health educational materials, MA dentist professional society, and dental providers offering care at no-cost or low-cost (e.g. a sliding fee scale based on income).

Oral health resources for Massachusetts Residents

Massachusetts Coalition for Oral Health

The Massachusetts Coalition for Oral Health (MCOH) is an association of dentists, hygienists, dental assistants, researchers, policymakers, and educators promoting oral health advances accomplished through a combination of:

  • Education
  • Prevention measures
  • Access to care
  • Health promotion

Notable member organizations within the MCOH include the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The MCOH promotes community-focused efforts to improve the oral health of all the residents of the state of Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Dental Association (MDS)

The MDS belongs to the American Dental Association and represents approximately 5,000 members working in the state of Massachusetts. The MDS was organized over a century ago in 1864 and incorporated the following year. MDS's objectives include:

  • The professional development of its members
  • Advocacy of the highest professional standards
  • Advancing oral health in the Commonwealth

Massachusetts Dental Resources

This web page links to resources pertaining to dental insurance as well as low-cost dental care options from dental schools and community centers.

Low-Cost Dental Clinics in Massachusetts

This resource lists no-cost and low-cost dental care providers located within the state of Massachusetts. The options include clinics and community health centers.

Massachusetts State

Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem (By the sword she seeks peace under liberty)

  • Capitol: Boston
  • Nickname: Bay State
  • State Bird: Domesticated turkey
  • State Flower: Mayflower

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Preventive Plus

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Plan type: PPO
Plan Maximum: $1000

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