As part of Give Kids A Smile month in the state, the Washington Oral Health Foundation has been reaching out to members and offering assistance, materials, and hygiene kits free of charge. WOHF Directors Ruth Abate and Tom Tidyman want members to know there’s still time to hold a successful GKAS event in February — and that the WOHF is committed to partnering with member dentists across the state to make it happen. Abate says, “We received more than 1,000 hygiene kits from the ADA, and we’re eager to share them with members to distribute at their GKAS events.” Abate is coordinating and scheduling one office’s entire event, and is serving as the liaison between parents and yet another practice.
The Officers of WSDA and the Washington State Dental Hygienists Association recently agreed to jointly support legislation on providing hygiene services to homebound patients and fixing a DOH interpretation of placing topical anestheic. HB 1330 was drafted by WSDA and WSDHA and has sponsors from both parties.