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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.


February President's Message - Dr. Stuart Hersey

Title: Enhancing Patient Care Across Dentistry Through Genuine Conversation

Dear members:

In the field of dentistry, genuine conversation is a crucial element in providing high-quality care, regardless of your specialty. Whether you're an endodontist, general dentist, oral surgeon, orthodontist, periodontist, prosthodontist or pediatric dentist in Washington state, the principles of effective communication remain consistent. Jordan Peterson's Rule Nine, which emphasizes the importance of assuming that the person you're listening to might know something you don't, can be applied universally to foster meaningful patient-dentist interactions. In the world of dentistry, genuine conversation is more than just a dialogue; it's an integral part of the overall patient experience.

Genuine conversation involves exploration, articulation, and strategizing. However, the heart of this process is active listening. When you engage in a genuine conversation with your patients, you're not just delivering information; you're primarily listening to their concerns, needs, and preferences. Listening attentively is the foundation of a strong patient-dentist relationship, regardless of the dental specialty you practice.

A fundamental aspect of effective communication in healthcare, including dentistry, is the ability to listen without making premature judgments. When patients feel heard and valued, they are more likely to open up about their concerns and experiences. This open-minded approach fosters trust and mutual understanding between you and your patients.

In the dental field, honesty and transparency are key to building trust. When patients sense that you are genuinely interested in their well-being and willing to listen to their concerns, they are more likely to share their fears, anxieties, and dental histories candidly. This information is essential for making informed treatment decisions and providing appropriate care.

Trust is a cornerstone of the patient-dentist relationship. Patients need to feel comfortable discussing their dental health and treatment options with you. By practicing genuine conversation, you convey that you respect their perspectives and are committed to their well-being. This trust extends across all dental specialties and is essential for patient satisfaction and long-term oral health.

Incorporating the principles of genuine conversation into your dental practice ensures that your interactions with patients are engaging and valuable. Each patient has a unique dental history, concerns, and expectations. Through attentive listening and open dialogue, you can address their individual needs, provide education, and collaborate on personalized treatment plans.

Dentists across all specialties have the opportunity to make a positive impact on their patients' oral health and overall well-being. The common thread that unites all dental professionals is the commitment to effective communication and patient-centered care.

Dr. Stuart Hersey
PCDS President

Register now for the February GMM on Tuesday,
February 27, 2024, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

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5:30pm Social, 5:45pm - 6:30pm Buffet Dinner available, 6:00pm Business and Sponsors, 6:15pm to 8:00pm Presentation.
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All registrations and newsletter are virtual through your provided email address.

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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 over $45,000 in donations for the 2023 “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 $480,000 in donations.

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

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