More than 300 families turned out to participate in the 22nd annual Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day. The event was held in the JC Penney Court at the Tacoma Mall in Tacoma, Wash. Dental screenings, fluoride varnish applications, and dental treatments were given free of charge to participating children up to age 18. Eleven community agencies participated in the event, handing out free oral health education materials, mouthguards, and dental goodie bags. During the day there were a variety of children’s activities promoting oral health awareness and the importance of improved oral health.
This week, members of the UW's TEETH Club (Teaching Ethnic Empowerment Through Healthcare) volunteered to assemble more than 1,000 hygiene kits used by the Washington Oral Health Foundation in school presentations, at science fairs, and by private practitioners who give them out as goodie bags at events like Give Kids A Smile screenings.
Long-time Seattle anchorwoman Jean Enersen covered adult dental Medicaid losses for the station's HealthLink series during the Monday evening newscast. The piece chronicles the travails of Medicaid recipient Allena Barnes, who was assaulted and lost many of her teeth.
Check your mailboxes, the 2013 Official Program for the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference will be arriving shortly. Sent to every member dentist (with a second copy for staff members to peruse), the Official Program is your guide to the 2013 Conference — including lecture and workshop descriptions, venue and parking maps (especially important with the new, Bellevue conference location), exhibit hall vendors, and special events information — there's even a guide to local restaurants. The Official Program has also been posted here online, if you want to get started early. Have questions? Contact us at 800-448-3368.
Then, once you and your staff have decided which lectures, workshops and special events you want to attend, just go to our online registration portal to get started. By registering online before April 30, you'll qualify for the early bird rate for conference badges, plus you'll save $25 over mailing in your registration form!