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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.


September President's Message - Dr. Karl Smith

Dear members,

I hope the fall season is off to a great start for you. It is a new chapter for the PCDS, as we have moved out of the North Tacoma office that housed us for more than twenty years. We are currently operating remotely but, rest assured, PCDS personnel can still be reached via email and phone.

Moving out of an office after twenty years was no small undertaking and many thanks to Cindy Stephen for doing a phenomenal job organizing the move. Cindy, who has overseen PCDS member services and advertising for the past twenty years, is also now the interim Executive Director since Anelisa Cristobal stepped down due to personal reasons. We wish Anelisa all the best and are tremendously grateful for the support and continuity of service that Cindy has provided during a critical time that coincided with the Executive Director transition and office move.

I am pleased to report that the PCDS and UW Dental Alumni 2021 Golf Day on September 10 was a great success! After being postponed last year due to the pandemic, it was wonderful to have such a large turnout at the event. Thanks to Dr. Gregory Plancich, who helped to organize the golf tournament, and to our generous sponsors for making this event possible. We are already looking forward to next year’s Golf Day!

The WSDA House of Delegates was recently held from September 9 through 11 in Spokane. Thank you to our members who volunteered their time to meet, discuss and vote on various issues over several days. With the pandemic still ongoing, it is now more important than ever to support the WSDA’s work in advocating for the dental community in our state. Rep. Michelle Caldier and Dr. Cynthia Pauley will also be holding a legislative update at the October 19 GMM. We hope you can join us for this meeting.

Until next time, here’s wishing you all a wonderful fall season!

2021 PCDS Meetings
All meetings will be virtual. PCDS will continue to hold joint meetings with SCDS through the end of 2021.

Tues. Sept. 21st - Dr. Arun Garg, Implant Dentistry
Sept. 21st Zoom Link

Tues. Oct. 19th - Dr. John Kalmar, Oral Pathology
Oct. 19th Zoom Link

“Oral and Tonsillar Cancer: The HPV dichotomy”

This course will provide current data regarding oral and tonsillar (oropharyngeal) cancer, including the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The anatomy of the oral cavity and oropharynx will be reviewed and clinical presentations of cancer at both sites will be contrasted. The role of the dental practitioner in the detection and diagnosis of oral vs tonsillar cancer will be presented, including the role of HPV salivary tests. The safety and efficacy of HPV vaccination will be discussed, including its potential role in tonsil cancer prevention.

About the Speaker: John R. Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Program Director, Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry

John R. Kalmar, DMD, PhD, is a Clinical Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. Dr. Kalmar received his dental degree from Southern Illinois University, completed residencies in hospital dentistry (UNC-Chapel Hill) and oral pathology (Emory University) and received a PhD in Experimental Pathology from Emory in 1989. From 1992 to 1999, he was on faculty in the Department of Pathology at the University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. In 1999, he joined the faculty at Ohio State, where he currently serves as Program and Lab Director in Oral Pathology and president of the Ohio State Dental Faculty Practice. Dr. Kalmar is a Past-President of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology and is the current President of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology. Dr. Kalmar has published over 80 manuscripts and book chapters and has served as a Consultant for the ADA Council of Scientific Affairs.

Tues. Nov. 16th - Dr. Ed McGlumphy, Implant Prosthetics
No. 16th Zoom Link

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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 $58,000 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 $233,000 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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