Welcome to Monterey

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

Bay Area Dental Expo

Don't miss the NEW Bay Area Dental Expo on September 27 and 28. MBDS members save 80% off nonmember prices. Register as an Expo Coalition member!

Introducing ADA Career Services

Explore resources to support your goals from graduation to retirement

New issue of SmileLine – Winter 2024

Sleep dentistry

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.

Is It Possible to Have a Fee-for-Service Practice?

2 C.E. Units

At the Monterey Bay Dental Society Office
8 Harris Court, Suite A-2
Monterey, CA 93940

Have you ever wondered if you could have a successful fee-for-service practice?

You may have heard of dentists who dropped their participation with a dental network and experienced a successful transition. On the other hand, you may have also heard of dentists who dropped their participation with a dental network and had an unsuccessful transition.

Every success story has one key element: The dentist analyzed the pros and cons of dropping participation with the network.

Join us for a collaborative learning session where you will walk away with the following tools:

  1. Understanding dental insurance, including its benefits and limitations for your practice.
  2. Identifying potential risks associated with leaving a network and how to mitigate them.
  3. Exploring how messaging can influence your practice's success when leaving a carrier's network.
  4. Acquire knowledge and tools to conduct a detailed analysis of carrier participation and its impact on your practice.
Register Now!


Cindy Hartwell

Cindy Hartwell started her career in dental over 25 years ago as an RDA in private practice. She later transitioned into the role of Office Manager. After a decade in private practice, she worked for a large dental insurance company for 16 years. While working in the insurance industry, Cindy held multiple roles, including dental claims auditor, grievance/appeals analyst, trainer, professional relations representative, and network specialist. Following her years in the dental insurance industry, she used that experience while working for the California Dental Association. She consulted dentists and their teams on dental benefit plans, helping them navigate the everchanging 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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