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WSDA President Comments on Dental Therapists in The Seattle Times

Earlier this month, WSDA President Dr. Rod Wentworth responded to a Seattle Times story on dental therapists. Here's what he had to say:

Resources should be redirected

The Kellogg Foundation is wrong to spend $20 million nationwide to promote a new practitioner that is not a solution. [“Report: Dental therapists worldwide give safe care,”, April 10.]

As experts on oral health care, dentists understand the real barriers to optimal oral health. We cannot drill and fill our way to a solution. Instead, we must focus on prevention and education because fewer than 30 percent of people follow their dentist’s advice to brush and floss twice a day. Dental disease is nearly 100 percent preventable yet 40 percent of all Washingtonians with dental insurance don’t regularly visit a dentist. More practitioners will not change this, but education can.

Dentists work throughout the state in clinics, schools and community centers to educate people about the importance of oral health. Education about oral health and its importance to overall health needs to happen outside of the dental clinic and be reinforced by parents, teachers and the community. Only when we address issues like fear, cultural and language barriers, and lack of knowledge can we begin to address poor oral health.

Olympia has dramatically cut funding for dental care for low-income people. Our limited resources and those of large foundations should be directed toward proven solutions that address the real barriers to care.

— Rod Wentworth, DDS, Seattle

Click here to go to the Seattle Times page


"The Savage Front Desk" Webinar Recording

On Tuesday, April 3rd, Dr. Rhonda Savage, CEO of the WSDA endorsed Miles Global, presented a complimentary webinar adressing the following learning objectives:

• Division of Duties
• Four Scheduling Tips
• Dealing With Broken Appointments
• Recall and Reactivation

To view the webinar recording and/or register for our next complimentary webinar, visit

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Register for the PNDC Online and SAVE Today!

 Register for the 2012 PNDC online today and save!



2012 PNDC: Get on the Ball!

Join Timothy J. Caruso at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Dental Conference for his workshop 150 Years of Modern Dentistry: Survival of the Fittest... Get on the Ball! on Friday, June 15.

For years, dental professionals have been constrained by the limitations of their own work environment and the negative effect on their bodies while paying a high price physically. The concept of caring for our most important instrument, our body, is invaluable and often ignored. Does your fitness affect your function? Can a little chairside prevention enhance your career?

In this hands-on workshop, participants will be lead through a simple series of exercises on an exercise ball designed specifically for dental professionals in order to help combat the muscle imbalances that typically plague seated workers. Join us for this fun and powerful workout that will reeducate your core, improve your spinal alignment and your posture. All participants will receive their very own Evolution Chair, valued at $149!

Learning Objectives

• Learn chair side operatory exercises for daily prevention
• Learn the concept of dynamic sitting & incorporating the concept into the dental work day
• Explore home exercise programs to supplement work stretching for the busy dental professional
• Identify options for counter acting musculoskeletal fatigue and discomfort with regular exercise
• Identify the physiological benefits of regular exercise
• Get on the ball!

Friday, June 15 from 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Code 14
Friday, June 15 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Code 15 (repeat)
CDE Credit: 3 hours
Fee: $145

Space is limited! Click here to register.