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Your Oral Health

Opioid resources

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Your smile can come with an unexpected risk


There are many reasons why you or your child may need oral surgery. As the country grapples with a national addiction crisis, it’s critical that you have a conversation with your dentist about opioids and other pain management options. We encourage you to know the facts before you or your family member agree to an opioid prescription following oral surgery.

Know the facts about opioids and oral surgery

Safe storage and disposal of opioids

Further resources:

  • Learn to Cope: A non-profit support network that offers education, resources, peer support and hope for parents and family members coping with a loved one addicted to opiates or other drugs.
  • Boston Medical Center’s Grayken Center for Addiction: Through innovative treatment, education, and research programs, the Grayken Center is committed to making long-term recovery a reality for every patient.
  • Shatterproof: A national nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the devastation addiction causes families.
  • Rize: A state-wide, private sector initiative created to build a $50 million fund focused on bringing real and lasting change to those struggling with substance use disorders in the Commonwealth. 

Pearls Of Wisdom, Opioid Use


Delta Dental of Massachusetts President, Dennis Leonard, sits down with Dr. David Lustbader
in this Facebook Live episode of Pearls of Wisdom to discuss the opioid epidemic and
the impact the oral health community can make.

The dental community is committed to protecting our patients and doing all we can to address this opioid crisis. Helping patients have thoughtful conversations with their dentist is a critical step in the process.
Delta Dental of Massachusetts has launched this awareness campaign with our partners dedicated to preventing addiction and helping those struggling with addiction. Our partners include:
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