Letter from MDHA President Virginia Heroux

Dear Colleagues,
I want you to know that we at MDHA are working closely with MDS and the DPH to get dental professionals vaccinated as soon as possible. Although the dental profession is listed as part of the governor’s plan for Phase I, we are slated to receive the vaccine after the first responders and the institutional settings. This means that we will all be receiving information very soon on where and how to get vaccinated.

I understand your frustration. Please be patient. We anticipate that MDHA and MDS, along with the DPH will send out information in the next week or two with a schedule for vaccination for early February. This vaccine roll out is a huge undertaking for the state and overall, we are thankful to have the vaccine readily available to us in less than a year since the pandemic began.

Please check our website in the next few weeks and we will send an email with details as soon as we receive any information. Thank you for your patience.

Stay well,
Virginia Heroux, RDH, MSADHA-MA President

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**This course meets the four hour requirement to become a Public Health Dental Hygienist in the State of Massachusetts.**


COURSE TITLE: Massachusetts Public Health Hygiene Seminar

COST: $100 ADHA members | $185 non-members

CEU: 4.0 Credit Hours

REGISTRATION OPENS: 01/06/2021: Click Here to Register with CEZOOM!


Melissa Leite CDA, RDH, BS
Melissa Leite graduated from the Dental Hygiene Program at Bristol Community College with an Associate in Science degree in Dental Hygiene and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Vermont Technical College. She serves as a member on the Massachusetts Dental Hygienists’ Association public health council and is a Mentor Liaison for Bristol Community College.

In 2013, Melissa started as an adjunct clinical faculty at Cape Cod Community College where she teaches Clinical Dental Hygiene I and II, and Dental Materials laboratory. She also has over 12 years of clinical experience. In addition, she has 10 years of public health experience, including co-owning her own public health dental hygiene business. She is dedicated, passionate and excited to present the Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygiene course to you!


  • Identify signs and symptoms of medical emergencies that can occur in a public health setting.
  • Discuss how to manage medical emergencies.
  • Discuss the rules and regulations of the Massachusetts Public Health Dental Hygienist.
  • Understand risk management including liability insurance, data security, written informed consent, record keeping and HIPAA.
  • Discuss CDC and OSHA guidelines including PPE, exposure prevention, post-exposure management, and sterilization.
  • Discuss the interim infection prevention and control guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CLICK HERE to Register for this Live-Streamed Webinar. Registration opens 01/06/2021

See the LATEST COVID-19 Updates:

Below are the latest COVID-19 resources and links from MDHA, ADHA and more. We want to thank you all for your ongoing dedication to the dental hygiene profession and the delivery of safe and effective oral health care. We will get through this, because we are better together. If you have questions or concerns you can share them with MDHA at [email protected].

Stay healthy and be safe, everyone!

ADHA wants you to know that they are here to support you  – ADHA does not have the authority to mandate dental office closures. Yet they are actively raising our collective professional concerns with federal agencies as they consider the best course of action to maintain the health and safety of dental hygienists and their patients, while addressing critical oral health needs. 

Please use and share these resources:       

December 23, 2020

ADA Unveils COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet to Address Dentists’ Questions.

The ADA has created a new fact sheet for dentists with questions following the Food and Drug Administration’s emergency use authorization (EUA) for the new COVID-19 vaccine. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.

August 13, 2020

ADHA Response to World Health Organization Recommendations.

In response to yesterday’s World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine non-essential oral health care” in certain situations due to COVID-19, we wish to highlight a couple of key points. The WHO indicates delay of non-essential procedures until there is “sufficient reduction in COVID-19 transmission rates…according to official recommendations at national, sub-national or local level.” This is consistent with current ADHA recommendations and aligned with CDC guidance, both which direct the dental healthcare personnel (DHCP) to stay informed and regularly consult with state or local health department for region-specific information and the monitoring of trends in local case counts to determine how and when to resume non-emergency dental care.

As outlined in the latest ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work, ADHA continues to support the recommendations from the CDC that “balance the need to provide necessary services while minimizing risk to patients and DHCP. Consider if elective procedures, surgeries, and non-urgent outpatient visits should be postponed in certain circumstances.

Read on the ADHA website HERE.

August 4, 2020


These updates provide new recommendations for eye protection and aerosol-generating procedures. It replaces the CDC’s guidance issued June 17, 2020.

Key Points:

  • Recognize dental settings have unique characteristics that warrant specific infection control considerations.
  • Prioritize the most critical dental services and provide care in a way that minimizes harm to patients from delaying care and harm to personnel and patients from potential exposure to SARS-CoV-2 infection.
  • Proactively communicate to both personnel and patients the need for them to stay at home if sick.
  • Know the steps to take if a patient with COVID-19 symptoms enters your facility.

Read the August 4, 2020 CDC guidelines HERE.

June 17, 2020 The CDC recently updated Guidance for Dental Settings. Read HERE.

June 7, 2020 A letter from MDHA President Pamela LaCerte. Read the June 7, 2020 letter HERE.

June 6, 2020 Governor Baker announced the opening of Phase 2 starting on Monday, June 8, 2020 with restrictions. See link HERE.

June 3, 2020 In this CDC webinar, presenters will provide an overview of the updated guidance for dental settings, including recommendations for resuming non-emergency dental care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Presenters also will discuss strategies for dental healthcare facilities to optimize personal protective equipment (PPE). Watch the CDC Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response webinar HERE.

May 29, 2020 ADHA’s Task Force for Return to Work provides updated guidance for dental hygienists. View the ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work report HERE.

May 19, 2020 Read the latest CDC Guidance for Dental Settings: Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response.

May 19, 2020 Watch the recent MDHA Webinar: Addressing COVID-19 Concerns for Massachusetts Dental Hygienists

May 18, 2020 On May 18th, Governor Charlie Baker laid out the state’s four-phased reopening plan of Massachusetts. Understand the list of in-person services that SHOULD and SHOULD NOT start in Phase 1

May 18, 2020 Read MDHA President Pamela LaCerte’s May 18 letter HERE

May 14, 2020 Share Your Voice – Hazard Pay and Increased Worker Safety

May 1, 2020 ADHA Interim Guidance on Returning to Work

May 1, 2020 Updates from OSHA


CDC Reopening Guidelines (last updated April 28, 2020)

April 24, 2020 MDS Board Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Office Closures

Contact Governor Baker regarding Re-opening of Dental Practices

March 27, 2020 ADHA UPDATES  COVID-19       

April 3, 2020 STUDENTS WE HEAR YOU! A message from ADHA President, Matt Crespin, MPH, RDH:

March 24, 2020 ADHA’s Congressional Advocacy Campaign message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:

March 23, 2020 Governor Baker Issues Stay-At-Home Advisory

March 23, 2020 Massachusetts Essential Services List

March 20, 2020 Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:

March 19, 2020 MDHA at work for YOU. Click HERE for Telegram & Gazette Article.

March 17, 2020 Message from MDHA Immediate Past President Kate Soal RDH, MEd:

March 16, 2020 Message from ADHA President Matt Crespin MPH, RDH:


Click HERE for up-to-date real time developments in Massachusetts


ACTION ALERT regarding Dental Hygienist and Patient Safety re: COVID-19. Please click HERE for details. We need your assistance.

Stay social and up-to-date with posts on our MDHA Facebook page


Take the Lead at the All-Virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit, January 15-16, 2021

The ADHA has created an all-virtual event to support dental hygienists facing significant challenges and changes in their professional roles during uncertain times.

Empower and promote your personal and professional development with two packed leadership education days. You’ll find something valuable for your journey, no matter where you are in your career.

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The ADHA looks forward to getting you inspired with next steps in your dental hygiene career!

The Time to RENEW is NOW!

We’re stronger together! As an ADHA member, you have exclusive access to quality CE courses, CE Smart Tracker, COVID-19 resources, advocacy and more. This is your ADHA.

Membership in ADHA delivers:

  • Advocacy at the local, state and national levels. ADHA represents the interests of dental hygienists across the country, so the health and safety of you, your colleagues and patients is prioritized and protected. During the COVID-19 pandemic, membership support is working harder, and is more critical, than ever.
  • High-quality CE though live and on-demand courses, a content-rich annual conference, and more to keep you on the leading edge and in compliance with state licensing requirements.
  • Access to great insurance options including professional liability, disability, life, dental, vision, even pet insurance. As a member, you have the flexibility to choose the plans that best fit your needs.

Plus collective buying power, industry connections and an incredible community of 14,000+ dental hygiene professionals nationwide. Join us!

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Article: “National Partnership for Dental Therapy: The East Coast’s First Dental Therapist Chooses Maine”

BOSTON, MA — Today, the National Partnership for Dental Therapy announced that the first ever dental therapist on the East Coast will begin working in Bangor, Maine at Penobscot Community Health Care. Claire Roesler will begin work six years after a law passed in Maine to allow dental therapists – a highly trained and licensed oral health care professional who provides preventive and routine care and works as a part of the dental care team – to practice.


ADHA Annual Renewal Cycle – Renew Your Valuable Membership Today!

Renew by November 15, 2020 and get extra member savings on the first-ever, can’t-miss virtual Dental Hygiene Leadership Summit in January!

Renew your ADHA membership by November 15th and receive a code for 20% off the first National Leadership Summit being held on Jan. 15-16, 2021.

We’re stronger together! As a member, you have exclusive access to quality CE courses, CE Smart Tracker, COVID-19 resources, advocacy and more. This is your ADHA.

Check out how to make the most of your membership, and gain access to exclusive members-only benefits and features by watching the ADHA website tutorial video below.

Letter from MDHA President Virginia Heroux, RDH, MS

Dear Colleagues,

I want to thank each of you who attended our first virtual House of Delegates Meeting today, September 27th. Thank you, Barbara, Madame Speaker, Past Presidents, Officers, Council Chairs, Components, Delegates, Members, IT and Special Guests for your participation today.

I never could have imagined our House of Delegates would be meeting virtually and that we would not able to be physically together to hug and congratulate each other, or gather together for brunch as we assume our new positions for the upcoming 2020-21 year. I want to thank everyone for your continued dedication and support of the Mass Dental Hygienists’ Association.

Although we are in unprecedented times, we are better together, and stronger as one organization. We will continue to be a presence for our profession within our state and within our components serving  clinical dental hygienists , public health dental hygienists, educators, entrepreneurs, researchers, corporate and  administrative specialists advocating for each role and adjusting our new paradigm shift and how we are working now.

Someone once said, “The difference between stumbling blocks and steppingstones is how you use them.” Throughout this year, we are emerging stronger, protecting ourselves and our patients, supporting each other and supporting our fellow dental team members throughout this pandemic. As your newly installed president, I will strive to lead and encourage a better tomorrow filled with hope and justice for dental hygienists, healthcare workers, and for the public we serve. I stand before you today affirming my pledge to bring MDHA forward, and perhaps in new directions that we had not imagined even as short as 6 or 7 months ago. Let us keep moving towards our goals, following our strategic plan and let us not be discouraged by uncharted waters or by rough seas. Let us look to the future and stay optimistic for our profession.

I am honored to be here today and consider myself blessed to be a part of a network of such dedicated, hardworking, community service-oriented individuals as yourselves. Thank you for placing your hope and trust in me. I look forward to meeting you in person again and working with you to continue moving the Massachusetts American Dental Hygienists Association forward. Until we meet again, respectfully yours,

Virginia Heroux, RDH, MS

We reached our fundraising goal for 2020 to the IOH!

We’re happy to announce that District I (Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island) raised $3510 for the ADHA Institute for Oral Health (IOH).

Donations will be used to empower dental hygienists to improve public health through community service grants; support dental hygienists to reach their full potential through research grants and will provide dental hygienists access to educational programs through scholarships.

 Thank you for your generous contributions!