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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. Stuart Hersey

Applying Self-Improvement in Dentistry

Dear members:

Jordan Peterson's Sixth Rule, "Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world," underscores the significance of personal growth and responsibility before assessing the work of others. This principle resonates deeply with dentists, regardless of their specialization or location, as they embark on a journey that spans from dental school to private practice. This path demands comprehensive learning and evaluation across diverse fields.

Having completed my dental school, followed by a hospital residency, and ultimately a pediatric residency, I've had the privilege of witnessing a broad spectrum of dental work. It's often tempting to scrutinize the work of others, particularly when reviewing radiographs. However, as dentists, we comprehend that teeth don't appear in our offices in isolation. They arrive accompanied by a patient, often with the complexities of a tongue, cheeks, and sometimes a sensitive gag reflex.

These intricacies underscore the art and science of dentistry, presenting both challenges and opportunities for success. As practitioners, we continually navigate these complexities to provide the best possible care. It's imperative to remember that we weren't present during prior dental procedures, and there exists a significant distinction between an examination appointment and a treatment appointment. Therefore, I've made it a practice to extend the benefit of the doubt to the previous dentist.

In alignment with Jordan Peterson's rule, my aim is to offer compliments and patience until I've successfully completed a restoration myself. This approach corresponds with the idea that constructive criticism and personal development should go hand in hand. Before we pass judgment on the work of others, it's vital to ensure that our own house – in this context, our dental practice – is in impeccable order. By doing so, we can cultivate a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration within the field of dentistry, ultimately advancing our patients' oral health and overall well-being.

Dr. Stuart Hersey
PCDS President

Register now for the November14, 2023 GMM, at the Tacoma Country & Golf Club.

Dr. Greg Davis, MD, MPH presenting "Sinus Disease and Nasal Congestion: What every DDS needs to know"

"This talk aims to answer the question, "what the heck is going on in the maxillary sinus"? Dr. Davis will share several very interesting findings he has found over the past 17 years of his practice operating on the maxillary sinuses. He will provide the knowledge needed to know when to refer maxillary pathology to ENTs. In addition, he will discuss a new, relatively easy in-office procedure to significantly help patients with nasal congestion. This can dramatically improve nasal breathing, improve the comfort during dental procedures and improve sleep quality. Finally, time permitting, he will present the most fascinating surgical case of his career that is guaranteed to be unforgettable!"

CE Credits: 2, AGD Approved #212501

5:30 to 6:00 Registration & Buffet Dinner, 6:00 to 8:00 Presentation. Cost is $46.00. Registration in your email or contact

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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 $43,985 in donations for the 2022 “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 $430,000 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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