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Dentists isolated? No. Integrated? Yes.

As chairman of the Metropolitan District Dental Society, a component of the Massachusetts Dental Society, I must strongly disagree with Dr. David Keith’s remarks in the article “Dental schools to battle opioids” (Metro, Feb. 12).

“By and large, dentists work in a little isolated situation,’’ said Keith, cochairman of the governor’s working group on dental education and a professor at the Harvard dental school. “They must become comfortable with communicating with their colleagues.”

The dentist today does not practice in an “isolated situation.” With the advancement of digital communications, today’s dental practitioners have the most innovative technologies available instantaneously in their treatment operatory.

The Yankee Dental Meeting, held at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center last month, attracted more than 27,000 members of the dental team, including dentists, hygienists, assistants, and office staff, for continuing education presentations and hands-on courses.


The over 4,000 members of the Massachusetts Dental Society receive weekly e-mails on dental practice insights and participate in continuing discussions on current developments. Communicating with colleagues is commonplace, and a necessity, in order to provide the best care for the patients of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We in the Metropolitan District Dental Society look forward to assist, with dental schools, dental hygiene schools, and the entire dental profession, in the implementation of the dental education core competencies for the prevention and management of prescription drug misuse.

Dr. L. Jeffrey