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Monday
Apr162012

Regulatory FAQ on Dental Anesthesia Assistants

On March 7, Governor Gregoire signed Senate Bill 5620, requiring the certification of dental anesthesia assistants. Here are the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions.

For more information contact Michael Walsh at michael@wsda.org.

Q: When will this law take effect?

A: The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) has begun the rule making process. This process will take approximately one year.

Q: What do you have to do to become certified?

A: To become certified as a CDAA, applicants must complete a DQAC-approved dental anesthesia assistant training course, and providing proof that the office where the CDAA will work possesses a valid general anesthesia permit. 

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Monday
Apr092012

Flouridated water a safe, low-cost public health tool

By Dr. Gary Goldbaum and Stephen J. Lee, DDS

Opinions about the safety of our community's drinking water were expressed in the March 24 guest commentary, "Fluoridated water supply: Utility should have to prove its safety." We'd like to present the facts.

Twenty years ago this spring, the City of Everett began adding fluoride to its public drinking water. Fluoride exists naturally in virtually all water supplies. Water is "fluoridated" when a public water system adjusts the fluoride to a level known to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation is simple, safe and inexpensive, and has contributed significantly to the remarkable decline in tooth decay in the United States since the practice began in 1945.

From the early 1970s to the present, the proportion of adolescents with tooth decay has decreased from 90 percent to 60 percent. Among adults the number of teeth with cavities decreased from 18 to 10. Although these are notable declines in tooth decay, it remains the most common chronic disease of childhood.
Thursday
Apr052012

In her own words: UWSoD STUDENT INNA PISKORSKA IN HAITI, Pt. 2

 Inna Piskorska is a third year dental student at the UWSoD, currently in Haiti with a group of dentists and students. The group is hosted by Medical Relief International, an organization formed by WSDA member Dr. Mike Karr. Piskorska approached the WSDA News about a story of her travels and experiences while in Haiti, and we asked her to start by blogging about her experiences while she was there. This is her second report. 

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Wednesday
Apr042012

Coming to the 2012 PNDC: Implant Esthetics, a Vision for Success & Change

Join Drs. Sonia Leziy and Brahm Miller at the PNDC for an exciting and informative course on implant esthetics.

A Surgical & Restorative Blueprint for Ideal Implant Esthetics: A Vision for Success & Change
Sonia Leziy, DDS, DIPL Perio and Brahm Miller, DDS, MSC, DIPL, PROS
Friday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
& cont'd 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
CDE Credit: 3 hours a.m. / 3 hours p.m.
Room: 4C-4

This course will review strategies, techniques and materials used to idealize the esthetic outcome of treatment from surgery to case completion. The effect of communication of the surgical-restorative team-laboratory technician on treatment outcomes will be emphasized using both successful and compromised results to support each area of discussion.

Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding the treatment expectations and limitations
• Improving hard and soft tissue stability through implant design and abutment design
• Optimizing gingival tissue health and esthetics: zirconia abutments and all-ceramic restorations

Register online and save $25! Click here for more information.