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Welcome to the Greater Springfield Dental Society!

Thank you for visiting the Greater Springfield Dental Society website. Whether you are looking for services that are available in the Greater Springfield area, or are a dentist wanting to register for an event, we invite you to explore the site.

Our Mission

The mission of the Greater Springfield Dental Society is to fulfill our community responsibility by serving as the oral health advocate for our 16 county component area.

 Dear Friends and Colleagues.

What an absolute privilege it is to live and work in this community! I love Southwest Missouri and have come to appreciate all the benefits of this area.  Thank you to all the GSDS past Board Members and officers for their hard work in supporting the work of the GSDS.

The past 2 years were difficult professionally and personally for all of us and I am looking forward to the next year and moving forward.  With that said, it is a bit overwhelming to talk about our goals for the next year when many of us feel professionally disconnected in the post COVID world.

I believe it is time to start moving forward with our eyes on what is possible and not on the past.  The purpose of GSDS is to be a support and resource for the dental community in 16 counties in Southwest Missouri. We are here to advocate, connect, educate and support one another and our Teams with the mutual goal of providing excellent patient care to families. The first step in doing that is consistent and useful communication to our members.  Alongside Jean and her Team, here are some things that I hope to accomplish. 

  1. Update Social Media Accounts
  2. Update GSDS Website with current information
  3. Publish CE Calendar and Dates for Fall/Winter ASAP
  4. Connect with Assistants, Hygienist and Doctors to create mentorship opportunities for those entering the dental field

Please do not hesitate to call me personally on my cell phone at 417-827-9478 if there is anything I can do to support you and your Team.  With a collaborative focus, the GSDS can be a tool that enables us to provide exceptional care to this amazing community.

Looking forward to opportunities to connect with each of you.

Dr. Tara Cash

Upcoming Events

OSHA & Infection Control Training - October 20, 2023 - In Person!

  • Fri, Oct 20, 2023 | 9:00 AM - Fri, Oct 20, 2023 | 12:00 PM
  • Location: TBT
  • Address: TBT, Springfield, MO

Presented by Dr. Howard Shayne, DDS

The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standard requires that employers who have employees with occupational exposure to blood and other potential infectious material provide training for those employees annually. This training must take place within 12 months of the previous training on the standard. This program will fulfill as much of the annual training requirements as possible. The standard contains fifteen elements that must be addressed in the training, and the program will cover fourteen of them. The major exception is that the standard does not require an annual review of the employer’s exposure control plan. This portion of the requirement will need to occur in the participants’ individual office setting. However, a discussion of the elements required in all plans will be included.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand the principles of infection control
  • Be aware of safety issues involved in dental care
  • Be able to apply modern infection control principles
  • Be knowledgeable about requirements of the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards
  • Be able to critically analyze different methods for instrument decontamination
 CERP logo

 The Greater Springfield Dental Society is an ADA CERP Recognized Provider Approved by Missouri Dental Association.

ADA CERP is a service of the American Dental Association to assist dental professionals in identifying quality providers of continuing dental education. ADA CERP does not approve or endorse individual courses or instructors, nor does it imply acceptance of credit hours by boards of dentistry.

Concerns or complaints about a CE provider may be directed to the provider or to the Continuing Education Provider Recognition at

GSDS designates this activity for the 3 continuing education credits.

Register now!

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