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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. Sonia Pal

Dear Members,

I hope this letter finds you all well. This road is long, tiring and ever changing. Hopefully, the longer days and warmer weather are helping to get though. I know it does for me. Please continue to check in on one another. Even though we have this wonderful membership, it is easy to feel alone and isolated. We all have our own unique circumstances that puts a twist into any situation. Reach out to colleagues, family and friends and strengthen relationships.

We are busy in the main office finding Cheryl’s replacement. It is truly bittersweet. We have interviews scheduled and will bring back our report to the Board by the May meeting. I am planning in May to have a candidate chosen and accepted. Stayed tuned for more information.

Some exciting news is our very own Linda Edgar is running for ADA President. Linda has been advocating for Dentists for over many years. She is strong, unwavering, and extremely supportive of us all. She listens and comes up with thoughtful solutions that make sense. Please join me in supporting Linda’s campaign.

Hope you have a chance to get out an enjoy some of this beautiful weather!

Best regards,

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 PCDS Presents

Risk Management: Addressing Current Issues in the Dental Practice
Melissa Moore Sanchez, CIC

About the course:

This course discusses dental practice vulnerabilities associated with malpractice exposures. Emphasis will be placed on the most common practice management concerns including dealing with difficult patients, transgender patients, minor patients consent to treatment, opioid and other substance abuse issues, treating pregnant patients, and what to do when equipment harms a patient. Discussion will be held on proper documentation of patient care, building good patient rapport, and the importance of patient consent.

After this course you’ll be able to:
• Apply tried and true risk management principles to your practice to optimize patient care and reduce your risk of malpractice claims
• Realize that your malpractice carrier should be an automatic resource when you have practice-related questions
• Understand that all members of your practice contribute to, not only each patient’s experience, but also to the practice’s liability strengths or weaknesses

About the speaker:
Melissa Sanchez began her career as a medical malpractice claims representative, working with hospitals, medical professionals and defense attorneys. She later worked for a prominent Pacific Northwest medical and dental malpractice carrier. Melissa is currently the Northwest Sales Manager for The Dentists Insurance Company, primarily serving Washington and Idaho. With over 30 years of professional liability experience, she is a frequent speaker at state dental conferences, component society meetings, dental study clubs, dental practices, local and national webinars, and the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

Click on the link to register:

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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 and two part-time staff persons. 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 $78,640 in donations for the 2019 “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 $233,000 in donations.

In 2019 the Foundation 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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