Welcome to Monterey

MBDS, CDA and ADA work together to support dentists throughout their careers.

New issue of SmileLine – Winter 2024

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Bay Area Dental Expo

Save the date for the Bay Area Dental Expo on September 27 and 28. Sponsored by eight dental societies — including Monterey! More details coming soon.

Job Listings

MBDS has online job listings. Place an ad or find your next position.

New Acute Pain Guideline

Read recommendations on managing acute dental pain in patients over age 12.
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Welcome to the Monterey Bay Dental Society!

The Monterey Bay Dental Society partners with the American Dental Association to provide information for our members, other dental professionals, patients, and the public.

On this site, you will see integrated content from MBDS, CDA and ADA.


MBDS 2024 C.E. and Events Calendar

Are you a dental industry vendor interested in collaborating with the Monterey Bay Dental Society? Email Debi Diaz at debi@mbdsdentist.com.

In-Person — Dental Billing Made Easy

2 C.E. Units 20%

CLASS IS SOLD OUT! Due to high demand, we are working on scheduling an additional date.

  • Are you experiencing an increase in denied or downgraded claims? 
  • Is your Insurance Aging report getting longer? 
  • Are you and your billing team prepared for or already being negatively impacted by the 2024 American Dental Association's Current Dental Terminology code changes? 
  • Do you have new team members who need to become more familiar with dental billing? 
  • Are you writing off denied or downgraded claims costing you hundreds or thousands of dollars?

Whether your team members are seasoned dental billers or new to their roles, we invite you to join us for a two-hour course collaboration session where your team will learn the following objectives:

  • The 2024 ADA CDT code edits, deletions, and additions.
  • How is the ADA coding system designed and maintained to ensure correct billing and reduce denied claims?
  • How to identify misinterpreted elements on ADA dental claims to reduce denials and plan audits while ensuring proper coding.
  • How to present a complete story to dental plans to reduce denials and down coding of claims.
Cindy Hartwell

Cindy Hartwell, Premier Dental Consulting

Cindy has over 25 years of experience in the dental industry. After a career as an RDA and office manager in private practice, she joined a large dental benefit organization where she worked for 16 years in both commercial and state government divisions. She held customer service, claims processing, administration, training, and professional relations roles.

Following her years in the dental insurance industry, she used that experience while working for the California Dental Association. She consulted with dentists and their teams on dental benefit plans, helping them navigate the ever-changing dental marketplace while advocating for them as a dental benefits analyst.

News from ADA

Free Online C.E. for Members
Viva Learning Free Online Dental CE

Online C.E. is now available ​free to all active MBDS members.

With member needs in mind during COVID-19 physical distancing, Monterey Bay Dental Society is partnering with Viva Learning to provide live and pre-recorded distance learning C.E. opportunities.

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Dentistry for Vets

The Dentistry4Vets Foundation provides high quality dentistry and dental implant care for the deserving veterans of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties through volunteer efforts within our community. They have local veterans in need of dental care.

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