At the August meeting, WSDA Board members toasted long-time members for their dedicated service to the WSDA. Dr. Steven Waite, one of the Board's many oenophiles, was kind enough to share wine from his personal collection to celebrate and savor the moment. Drs. Waite, Anderson and Ogata were presented with Board Service Awards; Dr. Walsh was thanked by Vice President Dr. David Minahan for his innovation and hard work on behalf of the WSDA and organized dentistry.
The Oral Health Program is the latest dental program to be cut as a result of the economic recession. Earlier this week, the Department of Health announced that the Oral Health Program had been eliminated.
WSDA has joined The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of over 35 dental health organizations and the AD Council (the non-profit behind Smokey Bear and “Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk”). This coalition recently debut the first joint national multi public service campaign designed to teach parents and children about the importance of oral health and the simple ways in which they can help prevent oral disease.