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2024 Issue 1 News

WSDA News | Issue 1, 2024

Featuring the importance of dentists in the Legislature, changes for professional liability coverage through WDIA and more.

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Washington State Dental Association

The Washington State Dental Association (WSDA) is the voice of dentistry in Washington. With over 4,400 member dentists, WSDA is dedicated to empowering members to advocate for and provide the highest quality oral health care. 

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  • Jun 6, 2023

    RSVP by June 7: WSDA Mentor/Mentee Luncheon at PNDC 2023

    Meet up for food, drinks and networking during PNDC 2023 at the Mentor/Mentee Luncheon on Friday, June 16. RSVP by June 7!
  • Jun 6, 2023

    Making Progress Together: Delta Dental — WSDA Memorandum of Understanding Enables Collaboration on Important Oral Health Issues

    Learn more about the ongoing collaborative work between WSDA and Delta Dental of Washington following the organizations' Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
  • Jun 6, 2023

    RIDE Into the Future: UWSOD Regional Initiatives in Dental Education Program’s Plans for Expansion

    It's been called many things: Groundbreaking. Revolutionary. Award-winning. Perhaps most importantly, it's effective. Ask anyone affiliated with the University of Washington School of Dentistry's Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program and they will tell you: RIDE works. Learn more about the program and its plans for expansion in the WSDA News Issue 1 cover story.
  • Jun 6, 2023

    Bracken Killpack: The Value of the American Dental Association – Organized Dentistry’s Public Works

    "While there are many reasons why the American Dental Association is valuable to our nation’s dentists, I believe it is important to point out some of the less obvious values. Like road, electrical, water, and sewage systems help ensure stable communities, the ADA provides important infrastructure that sustains and enhances the work of state dental associations, local dental societies, and your practice."
  • Jun 6, 2023

    Changes to WA Hygiene Licensure Become Effective July 23

    Effective July 23, hygienists seeking an initial limited license in Washington state will no longer be required to be currently engaged in active practice in order to apply. Additionally, the name of the initial and renewed limited license for hygienists is changed to an initial and renewed temporary license, and the expiration of the license is extended from 18 months to five years.
  • Jun 6, 2023

    DQAC Business Meeting – June 16

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) will hold its next business meeting in a hybrid format on Friday, June 16 at 10:00 AM.
  • May 26, 2023

    CE Options to Meet New June 27 DEA Requirement

    Effective June 27, 2023, prescribers of controlled substances, including dentists, must complete eight hours of one-time training on safely prescribing controlled substances (Schedules II, III, IV, and/or V) in order to receive or renew their registration with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). See CE options at PNDC, from UW Continuing Dental Education, and from the ADA to meet the requirement.
  • May 24, 2023

    DQAC Dental Collaboration Committee Meeting – June 6

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) will hold a Dental Collaboration Committee meeting on June 6.
  • May 19, 2023

    2023 Legislative Session Summary

    During the 2023 legislative session, WSDA successfully advocated for the passage of three important dental workforce bills that reduce barriers to hygiene licensure in our state and increase licensure portability for dentists and hygienists. In addition to advocating for important workforce legislation, WSDA also supported or opposed several bills this session concerning dental-related issues, insurance, small business issues, employer/employee matters, and much more.
  • May 18, 2023

    5-Minute Dental Infection Prevention Survey

    The Washington State Department of Health, Healthcare-Associated Infections, and Antimicrobial Resistance Section is asking for you to fill out a 5-minute survey about infection prevention in your dental facility.
  • May 18, 2023

    DQAC Recruiting Dentist Members Living & Practicing East of the Cascades

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) is currently recruiting dentists for two upcoming vacancies who reside and engage in the active practice of dentistry east of the summit of the Cascade mountain range. Apply by May 26.
  • May 18, 2023

    DQAC Dental Educational Outreach Committee Meeting – June 1

    The Dental Quality Assurance Commission (DQAC) will hold its next Dental Educational Outreach Committee meeting on Thursday, June 1 at 12:00 PM.