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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.


April President's Message - Dr. Stuart Hersey

Dear members:

This month, our focus centers around Jordan Peterson’s Rule 11: "Do not bother children when they are skateboarding." This rule, seemingly straightforward, holds profound implications for our roles as dentists. It encourages us to explore the themes of independence, resilience, and the pursuit of competence—key attributes that shape not only our practices but also the broader landscape of the dental profession. As a guiding principle, "Do not bother children when they are skateboarding" encapsulates the idea that individuals, regardless of age, benefit from the freedom to explore, take risks, and develop their skills. How does this apply to dentistry, you might wonder? Let's explore.

In our dental practices, fostering independence is key. Just as a skateboarder learns to navigate challenges, our patients navigate the intricacies of oral health. Encouraging them to take an active role in their oral care contributes to a sense of ownership and commitment to their well-being.

As we shift to competence in dentistry and reflecting on Jordan Peterson's insight, we recognize that in well-functioning societies, competence, not power, is a prime determiner of status. This concept holds true in the dental profession, where the mastery of skills, continuous learning, and the ability to provide excellent patient care elevate the status of a dentist. Furthering our understanding of success, it's noteworthy that intelligence and conscientiousness emerge as powerful predictors of long-term success. In the dental field, these traits play a crucial role in delivering exceptional patient care and maintaining a thriving practice.

Peterson's observation that interference when individuals strive for growth is detrimental is a powerful reminder. This spirit is not aligned with humanity's best interests. It obstructs progress, whether in the journey of boys becoming men or little girls standing on their own two feet. Recognizing and overcoming this interference is crucial for personal and professional development. Consider how fostering competence, understanding personality traits, and overcoming destructive interference contribute to the success of your dental practice. Embrace a culture of resilience, self-awareness, and empowerment, ensuring your team and patients thrive despite challenges.

Stay tuned for upcoming events and professional development opportunities within our dental community. As we integrate Rule 11, competence, personality traits, and the importance of overcoming interference, let's continue to learn, grow, and navigate the dynamic landscape of dentistry together.

Dr. Stuart Hersey
PCDS President

Register now for the April GMM on Tuesday,

April 16, 2024, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

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5:30pm Social, 6:00pm Buffet Dinner, 6:10pm Business and Sponsors, 6:15pm to 8:15pm Presentation.
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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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