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Welcome to Pierce County Dental Society!

Pierce County Dental Society is a component society for current members of the American Dental Association and Washington State Dental Association.


November President's Message - Dr. Karl Smith

Dear members,

It's hard to believe that there are less than two months left to 2021. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, the holiday season is soon upon us. Some say it's the most wonderful time of the year, and I'm grateful to be able to share the blessings of this holiday season with family and friends in a way that wasn't possible last year. As much as we can do with Zoom, FaceTime or Skype, it can't quite replace in-person communications and live company.

On that note, I was thrilled to see such a great turnout at the recent Pacific Northwest Dental Conference (PNDC) in Seattle. After a pandemic year, it was truly inspiring and uplifting to see the dental community coming together again for a few days of learning, networking and camaraderie. It goes without saying that mounting an event of this scale involves a high degree of planning, logistics and coordination, not to mention navigating the added complexities of safety measures due to COVID-19. So, huge kudos to the WSDA, event sponsors, organizers and volunteers for pulling this off so spectacularly! I'm happy to report that PNDC 2022 is already planned for November 10-12 in Seattle next year, so save the date.

The fourth annual Donate A Day for Smiles recently took place from November 7-13. The goal of this fund drive is to help the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment meet its $1 million goal to bring oral health services to those in need. Many dentists and offices have again stepped up to this challenge and, on behalf of the PCDS and PCDF, I'd like to express our thanks and gratitude for their generous donations toward this important campaign.

Lastly, as we celebrate the holidays and give thanks for health, blessings and abundance in our lives, let's also remember the families who are caring for chronically or severely ill children. We can make the holidays just a bit brighter for them by supporting Toys for Kids, which partners with Mary Bridge Children's Hospital to bring gifts to these families. Please see the newsletter for more details on how to donate.

Until next time, here's wishing you and your families a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Mark your calendar for our next general membership meeting (GMM)/CE via Zoom.

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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - David Harris, CEO of Prosperident

"How to Outsmart the Thief in Your Practice"

More than 70% of dentists will be victimized in their careers. David’s three decades of experience in solving embezzlement in all types of practices makes him the unrivaled expert.
Using actual cases as teaching tools, David provides an inside look at embezzlement and provides practical tools and action steps dentists can take immediately to avoid theft in their practices.

Attendees will learn:
• What causes embezzlement?
• How do you know if it is happening?
• How to avoid the worst hiring mistake ever
• The top 10 action steps you can take now

Please note: due to subject content, this event is restricted to doctors and their spouses.

About the Speaker: David Harris, CEO of Prosperident

David Harris is the Chief Executive Officer of Prosperident, the world’s largest firm investigating financial crimes committed against dentists. David is a licensed private investigator, a Forensic Certified Public Accountant, and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He is the author of the book "Dental Embezzlement: The Art of Theft and the Science of Control" and over 30 articles in dental publications. In addition to being a prolific author, David is a frequent presenter at regional, national, and international dental conferences.

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We are dedicated to furthering education, mutual support and better communication with the general public for the purpose of their better dental health. The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. Our goal is to provide this website as a resource for dentists, patients, and the community. If there is information that you feel would be helpful to other patients or dentists, please email your suggestions to

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Patient Resources

We provide free referrals to our Pierce County dentists for those patients who are looking for a new dental home, and we also have a download-able list of multi-lingual dental offices located in Pierce County

The Society has a Central Office to provide information on current dental issues, act as a liaison to the outside community, and serve as a support to its member dentists. We have one full-time staff person. The Central Office provides no-cost referral and mediation services for the public. Mediation is done for member dentists only.

The Pierce County Dental Society is proud to honor the many dentists who have participated in volunteer activities over the years. Together dentists in Pierce County donated $1,000,000 in care to low-income individuals in dental need, and participated in several oral health educational activities throughout the County.

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Congratulations – The Pierce County Dental Foundation received $49,558 in donations for the 2020 “A Day for Smiles” event.

All proceeds for the “A Day for Smiles” goes to the Pierce County Dental Foundation Endowment fund. The fund has a goal of $1,000,000. Once the fund reaches $500,000 it will start disbursing the proceeds for oral health care for those in need, oral health education, and to support education for dental professionals. Currently the fund has over $327,000 in donations.

The Foundation has supported several community events to support improved oral health such as: Pierce County Dentists Care Program, Bates Free Dental Day, Tacoma Rescue Mission Free Dental Day, Pierce County Veteran’s Resource Fair, Pierce County Dental Society Children’s Dental Health Day, and oral hygiene supplies for schools in Pierce County.

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