In the Washington Oral Health Foundation's first-ever oral health blitz on a community, WOHF Volunteers and Staff went to every school in Sequim, Washington, to make oral health presentations, pass out oral hygiene goodie bags, and provide positive anti-drug and tobacco messaging to older students. By blanketing the school system and adding a Smile Night at the Sequim Boys and Girls Club, the Foundation was able to present to more than 800 area children. Sequim District School Nurse Sonja Bittner would like to make it an annual event, where WOHF volunteers present each year to a new group of students. WOHF staff and volunteers visited the following locations: Greywolf Elementary, Haller Elementary, Sequim Middle School, Sequim High School and the Sequim Boys and Girls Club. Special thanks to the following presenters: Sandy Hardymon, Errin Aidane, RDH, Jennifer Zbaraschuk, RDH and Sonja Bittner.
You know that sinking feeling you get when you realize you were supposed to do something and you missed it? Like: Today it’s my spouse’s turn to pick up the kids. Uh… nope, it was yours. So, who does have the kids? Or remembering — just as you’re walking in the door — that it’s your sweetheart’s birthday, and you've forgotten to get her anything. Oops.
If you find yourself wishing you could communicate better with your Spanish-speaking patients, you're not alone! This workshop will teach you how to properly greet your Latino patients, identify terms used to describe and locate pain, as well as teach you the correct Spanish terms for oral hygiene, fillings, and extractions. No Spanish skills are needed to participate in this workshop.
The Washington State Dental Association strongly supports SB 5615. This legislation aims to re-invigorate Washington state's loan repayment program for dentists and physicians and encourages increased scholarship funding for dental students who desire to work in rural and underserved areas. SB 5615 is sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-Seattle).