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.