Greater Seattle Dental Hygienists' Society
PO Box 82703, Kenmore WA 98028

The Greater Seattle Dental Hygienists' Society represents dental hygienists in the Greater Seattle area. The mission of the Greater Seattle Dental Hygienists' Society is to increase awareness of and access to quality oral health care, to promote the highest standards of research and education, licensure and practice for dental hygienists, and to represent and promote the interests of the dental hygiene profession, as a means to improve the public's health.

November 14, 2017 General Meeting

Just a reminder of the Greater Seattle Component Meeting next Tuesday at Pacific Tower 1200 - 12th Avenue S in Seattle's Beacon Hill neighborhood. Directions at

The general meeting will start at 7:00pm followed by "Sharpening Your Skills" presented by Deborah McGlynn, RDH. A representative from Lumadent will also be on hand if you are interested in their loupes. In addition, PDT has donated four instruments that will be raffled off to lucky winners.

Deborah has been a practicing Dental Hygienist since 1981. During her career she has had the opportunity to work in Hospital Dentistry for 8 years at the UW Medical Hospital, which then lead her to pursue her teaching career. She taught at Shoreline Community College in the Dental Hygiene Program for 13 years as a first year fundamentals and clinical instructor and in the 2nd year clinic for that last 5 years of her 13 years at Shoreline. She then went on to tutor dental hygiene students, and practicing hygienists, in dental hygiene skills and ergonomics for the next 17 years.

From that experience she determined there was a need for more personalized, injury prevention training. DH Cubed is her company that is committed to preventing work related injury and perfecting skills in order to provide the best care to the patients.

She has had the privilege to volunteer as a hygienist in Alaska on St Paul Island. She has also volunteered her teaching skills to help forward the only dental hygiene program in Latin America, "Smiles Forever".

She has been on three Dental Hygiene Program Advisory Boards.

Please join us for an exciting evening where you get to learn about sharpening from an entirely different perspective and to use the latest technology in sharpening! The OneTen Sharpening Method.

Bring your loupes, sharpening stones, some of your Universal curettes from work. You will learn how to assess your own sharpening skill and determine if you are sharpening enough, correctly, efficiently! Come ready to sharpen and leave with a new perspective on the importance of sharpening correctly and most of all!! Working with EASE!.

We look forward to seeing you next Tuesday!

New GSDHS meetings scheduled

Hello Everyone --

It's Labor Day; fall is unofficially starting; and Greater Seattle is holding its first meeting of the year on Tuesday, September 12th. The business meeting will start at 7:00pm followed by a one-hour CE course at 7:30pm. "Fluoride Best Practices and Dental Benefits: What Might Surprise You" presented by Andrea Higgins, BS, RDH.

All regular meetings for this year will be held at Pacific Tower 1200 - 12th Avenue S in Seattle's Beacon Hill Neighborhood. Here's a link for directions:

Meeting Schedule:

September 12th

October - no meeting (House of Delegates in Spokane)

November 14th

December - no meeting (Happy Holidays!)

January 9th

February - Student Dinner Meeting Time and Date TBD

March 13th

April - no meeting (WDHA Symposium)

May 8th

Hope you had a great summer and we're looking forward to seeing you next week!!

Update on Continuing Education Credits

Washington State dental hygienists are required to have proof of 15 hours of CE per year for re-license. The courses must relate to dental hygiene. No specifications are made that limit on-line courses.

The clinical dental team must also have BLS for health care providers certification by the American Heart Association.

If you are audited, you need at minimum two years of proof of continuing education.

CE benefit for members

The greater Seattle Dental Hygienists' Society provides, as a member benefit, several free continuing education credits every year. CE courses are offered in conjunction with general meetings, volunteer events, and as a week-end CE course.

Check the general meeting information on this page or the GSDHS calendar for exact dates.

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Photo of the Special Olympics crew.

Delores Banfield, Clydene Evens-Wenzel, Andrea Higgins.

Next General Meeting
Date Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Speaker Deborah McGlynn, RDH
Topic "Sharpening Your Skills"
Credit 1 CE hour
Place Pacific Tower
1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle 98144
Directions and parking information
Next Executive Board Meeting
Date TBA
Place Stanford's, at Northgate

Volunteer Opportunities
Catholic Community Services
Medical Teams International
Union Gospel Mission
Puget Sound Christian Clinic
Johnny Johnson Memorial Dental Clinic

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Do you administer block anesthesia?

Do you work while the boss is away?

We invite you to join the professional organization that worked to make these possible and continues to support and protect your profession.

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