What is a Denturist?
In November of 1994, the People of the State of Washington passed Initiative 607, allowing persons other than dentists to manufacture and sell dentures to the public. This new professional would be known as a Denturist. Following the passing of I-607, Denturists in the state were allowed to become licensed.
A Denturist is trained not only in the construction of dentures but also educated in microbiology, physiology, oral pathology, head and neck anatomy and more. Denturists are an important part of the community of dental care providers.
When you seek the care of a Denturist you will find that as a patient you play an active role in the discussion of what you desire for your new dentures. Remember, you are in the hands of a professional who specializes only in the making of removable prosthodontics. Your Denturist will involve you in the steps necessary to ensure your dentures fit properly and meet your full expectations.
Denturists in the state of Washington are required by law to have a license to practice denturism posted in their clinic for public viewing. If you are ever in doubt that the person you are seeing is not licensed, ask to see his or her license. If they are not able to provide a license, they may not have one, and this is not acceptable. It is important to report someone who is not licensed to the State of Washington Department of Health at 360-236-4700.
The Washington Denturist Association was formed to promote unity and to maintain standards of professional ethics among Denturists in our state. The WDA represents the interests of members of the association to all levels of government and to the public. The organization provides continuing education for its members, and member Denturists work together to keep abreast on the latest developments in the denture field.
We would like to thank everyone responsible for the passing of Initiative 607 and for being able to provide the public with quality, affordable denture care.
Remember, a Denturist IS the best choice for your denture needs…
Why become a member?
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Hopefully, at some point this year, you will be receiving a request to contribute to the Washington Denturist Political Action Committee (WDPAC). This is a request that should not be ignored. Instead it should be viewed as a key investment in the success and survival of your business – since politics and government oversee everything your business does. The WDPAC is the easiest way for you to get involved in what government is doing.
WDPAC was set up to help build WDA’s voice in the political process and to help maintain a strong voice as the Legislature and other elected officials debate bills that will impact your industry and your business.
Most health care provider groups have PACs and many of them are very well-funded – particularly the Dentists. While WDA may not be able to get to the $300,000 plus of the Dentist PAC, we can get to an amount that will enable us to make sure Denturist supporters are elected to the Legislature in 2010. The more Denturist supporters are elected, the easier it will be to get the insurance changes and other protections needed to keep Denturists as a vital and valuable health care provider in Washington state!
Writing a check is the easiest form of political action there is – and it can have the most impact when combined through a political action committee to help elect people who would vote as you would vote if you were in Olympia!
So please write that check! Strong political action — through in-district calls and letters to legislators, effective lobbying in Olympia, and a commitment to the election process through the political action committee– is the trifecta that will ensure Denturism is an industry that will survive and thrive in Washington state!