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).
The Dental Quality Assurance Commission is looking to fill several positions with actively practicing dentists.
At the end of June, three of the 12 dentists on the Commission will be completing their terms, though one is eligible for reappointment.
Last week, WSDA published the first six "Oral Health Facts of the Day" that have been sent to all legislators. Attached below are facts 7-12:
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.