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.
The Department of Health (DOH) has released their final recommendations for the Denturist Scope of Practice Sunrise Review. Last session, the legislature had asked DOH to review a potential expansion of the scope of practice of licensed denturists to include “making, placing, constructing, altering, reproducing, or repairing all other “non-orthodontic removable devices” and “teeth whitening using bleaching solutions of twenty percent or less." A complete copy of the DOH findings and original report can be found here.
It’s not for everyone — it’s not for people who don’t want their voice heard, it’s not for those willing to let others direct their future, and it’s not for anyone who cares about dentistry. For the rest of you, however, it’s imperative.
Many of you will find your political footing at the WSDA’s Dental Action Day (this year’s event is January 25, falling right about when this issue hits) — and for all five of the people profiled here, it’s one of the places they got their feet wet. But as important as Dental Action Day is, true political advocates know that the real work is done throughout the year — networking in coffee shops, private homes, and town hall meetings —face-to-face connections that help establish dentists as experts in their field. We spoke with Dr. Rob Merrill, Dr. Marissa Bender, Drs. Josh and Lindsey Papac, and Dr. Robin Henderson (along with her husband Scott) — each at a different point in their dental career and their advocacy journey — to talk about what they’re doing on behalf of dentistry, and why they got involved in the first place.