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Dr. Curtis Smith Pens Op-Ed for Bellingham Herald

WSDA Member Dr. Curtis Smith recently penned an Op-Ed for the Bellingham Herald titled "Mount Baker dental Society committed to improving oral health," which appeared in the Herald on April 29, 2014. For your convenience, the article follows.

Oral health, as one part of the total public health conversation, is cyclical. That is, every so often it becomes the focus of attention, typically when a Surgeon General declares "oral health is an important part of ... ." Then it fades away, a victim of budget problems and attention drawn to more riveting issues, only to return in 10 years or so when, once again, someone discovers that, yes, the mouth is part of the human body.

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Race & Dentistry: A conversation


Editor’s note: This is not a compendium on race relations within the WSDA today, nor was it intended to be. Rather, we set out to ask questions that would stimulate discussion between colleagues of all races about how people of color practicing dentistry in Washington would describe the conditions they practice in today, versus what colleagues entering dentistry in the past faced. As evidenced by the number of people who declined to participate, race can still be a provocative issue — the elephant in the room, if you will —  even in Washington state, where we pride ourselves as being open and affirming to all. 

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WSDA Wins Three Membership Awards from ADA · Suite Challenge Returns

The ADA recently announced that the WSDA won three membership-related awards for state associations with 2,001 - 3,500 active members: Greatest Percentage of Nonmembers to Membership, Most Improved Active Member Retention Rate, and the Greatest Net Gain in Membership. Kudos for these awards go to Task Force on Membership and Laura Rohlman, Manager of Membership Services, for their hard work and dedication to programs like the Job Fair, the Suite Challenge, and outreach to young dentists across the state — all of which have strengthened the WSDA brand among young and seasoned dentists, alike. 

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PEER REVIEW: The best benefit of membership you may not know about


In an increasingly litigious society, Peer Review may be one of the best member benefits that you don't know about. It can save you the headache of having to engage an attorney to defend yourself against patient claims that may or may not be valid, take years to resolve, and could easily spiral into tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees and lost revenue

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