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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.


Hidden Losses: Workplace theft is more common than you might imagine. How to protect your practice.

By Alan Wicks, General Counsel to WSDA

Businesses of nearly every size and kind have an inherent exposure to financial loss due to employee dishonesty. Dentists are not immune. In fact, there are some characteristics of dental practices which might add to the risk. These include: small staffs with limited oversight or review; broad authority often delegated to a single individual; the large volume of relatively small transactions; and very busy practitioners. 

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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

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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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.