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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.


October President's Message - Dr. Karl Smith

Dear members,

Greetings and I hope your fall season is off to a great start! With the autumn equinox just a few weeks ago, fall has definitely arrived. It’s one of my favorite seasons of the year, when the air is crisp and fall foliage dazzles us with magnificent hues of red, orange and yellow. As the days get shorter and colder, I find myself looking forward to being indoors, warmed by hot beverages, and feeling thankful for nature’s harvest bounty.

Something else I am very much looking forward to is the Pacific Northwest Dental Conference (PNDC) in Seattle from November 11 through 13. The PNDC this year features an amazing roster of speakers, including two from Pierce County: Dr. John West and Dr. Michi Katafuchi. I urge you to consider attending the PNDC because not only is it a great opportunity to earn continuing education credits, but it’s also a great way to reunite with friends and colleagues, as well as support the WSDA and the important work they do to strengthen our profession. If you haven’t already signed up, you can still take advantage of the Early Bird registration, which has been extended to October 22.

Rep. Michelle Caldier and Dr. Cynthia Pauley will be holding a legislative update at the October 19 GMM. There are several timely and critical issues affecting dentistry that deserve our attention, so we hope you can join us for this meeting.

Lastly, a reminder that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced a new application cycle in COVID-19 provider funding. Applicants will be able to apply for Phase 4 of the Provider Relief Fund and the deadline is October 26, 2021. For more information, please visit the HRSA website:

Until next time, here’s wishing you a wonderful fall season and I hope to see you at the PNDC on November 11!

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

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

"The Untapped Dental Market and Accelerated Implant Loading Protocols."

Believe it or not, there is a large segment of the population who don’t want to sit in the dental chair to have each problem tooth worked on individually, but are still willing to pay significant fees for quicker and more efficient procedures. These patients and you, as their dentist, want the same things: restorations that look good, done as quickly and safely as possible and remaining trouble free over the long term. This program will address the topics of patient selection and work flows that allow consistent and affordable implant prosthetics, often on the same day as implant surgery. Clinically relevant research conclusions on early and immediate loading will be highlighted. Current controversies on computer generated guides and immediate provisionals, including the “conversion” prosthesis and final zirconia restorations will be featured. Potential biomechanical and esthetic problem areas will also be illustrated with clinical examples. The overarching goal of the program will be to give the clinician the tools and the confidence to treat a large, untapped segment of the population who may not be willing to treated with traditional dental options.

About the Speaker: Dr. Edwin McGlumphy

Clinical Director at ClearChoice Dental Implant Center

Dr. Edwin McGlumphy received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry from Washington and Jefferson College in 1981, and then earned his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 1985 from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry. After completing his General Practice Residency at the University of Texas, he returned to The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and was awarded his Master of Science degree and Certificate in Advanced Prosthodontics in 1988. In addition to being clinical director of the team at ClearChoice Dental Implant Center in Columbus, Dr. McGlumphy is Professor Emeritus of the Restorative and Prosthetic Dentistry Division at The Ohio State University College of Dentistry where he was faculty for 32 years. He has published over 100 scientific articles related to implant dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery and is also an accomplished lecturer with more than 30 years’ experience as a professional presenter.

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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 $49,558 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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