"Regulating the denturist
profession across the Nation
in providing affordable
denture care for Americans
is the little thing we can do
to help with the current
healthcare crisis. People are
healthier and more
productive when they have a
denture which functions
properly."

             Gary W. Vollan, L.D.

 

  Wyoming State
Denturist Association
 

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Denturists: Alternative healthcare providers for oral health screenings and referrals

What is a Denturist
Licensed Oral Healthcare Professional
Provides referral services
Provides denture care
Works independently with patient

Services Include
Consultation
Oral health exam
New dentures
Relines
Repairs
Denture adjustments
Denture teeth replacements 

Service Intervention
Shortage of dentists
Retirement
Shortage of dental schools
Accessibility
Economical barrier
Rural care
Safe Delivery System
Qualified
Reliable
Educated

References:
www.nidcr.nih.gov

www.seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/oralcav.html

http://www.ada.org/2607.aspx

Benefits of a Denturist

Alleviates dental work-force shortages
Frees up valuable chair time for procedures
Restorative
Cosmetic
Emergency Dental Care
Children

Promotes oral healthcare
Regulated in six states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Arizona and Maine

Oral Health Care Service
Surgeon General’s Call to Action
Raising awareness
Patients
Legislators
Public officials
Healthcare professionals

Wellness
Service to all segments of the public

Sources

International Federation of Denturist
National Denturist Association
Oregon Denturist Association
Washington Denturist Association

Denturist Education
Bates Technical College is a six semester associates degree program located in Tacoma, WA and is the only accredited college in the United States to offer denturist training program

Todd Young's School - The American Denturist College in Eugene, OR offers an online program for denture lab technicians desiring to advance to licensed denturists.

George Brown College is a three-year accredited denturist training program
located in Toronto, Ontario. Training includes: Treatment planning; Design; Fabrication and fitting of complete partials and dentures; Immediate and implant supported dentures; Practical clinical procedures.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is located in Edmonton, Alberta.
* Please listen to NAIT's short YouTube presentation on educated denturists.

Enhance Oral Health Workforce Capacity
The lack of progress in supplying dental health professional shortage areas with needed professional personnel underscores the need for attention to the distribution of care providers, as well as the overall capacity of the collective workforce to meet the anticipated demand for oral health care as public understanding of its importance increases.

To effect change in oral health workforce capacity, more training and recruitment efforts are needed. The lack of personnel with oral health expertise at all levels in public health programs remains a serious problem, as does the projected unmet oral health faculty and researcher needs.

The movement of some states towards more flexible laws, including licensing experienced dentists by credentials, is a positive one and today, 42 states currently permit this activity. The goal of moving society toward optimal use of its health professionals is especially important at a time when people have become increasingly mobile, moving from town to city and state to state, and when projected oral health workforce shortages are already evident in many rural locales. State practice act changes that would permit, for example, alternative models of delivery of needed care for underserved populations, such as low-income children or institutionalized persons, would allow a more flexible and efficient workforce. Further, all health care professionals, whether trained at privately or publicly supported medical, dental, or allied health professional schools, need to be enlisted in local efforts to eliminate health disparities in America. These activities could include participating in state-funded programs for reducing disparities, part-time service in community clinics or in health care shortage areas, assisting in community-based surveillance and health assessment activities, participating in school-based disease prevention efforts, and volunteering in health-promotion and disease-prevention efforts such as tobacco cessation programs.

Whether individuals are moved to act as volunteers in a community program, as members of a health voluntary or patient advocacy organization, employees in a private or public health agency, or health professionals at any level of research, education, or practice, the essential first step is to conduct a needs assessment and develop an oral health plan. Because the concept of integrating oral health with general health is intrinsic to the goals of this Call to Action, oral health plans should be developed with the intent of incorporating them into existing general health plans.

Reference: U S. Department of Health and Human Services. Oral Health in America:, A National Call to Action to Promote Oral Health, A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health, 2000.

Misson Statement
WYSDA is an association of denturists and associates - members and nonmembers - committed to education and advocacy in promoting the denturist profession as midlevel oral healthcare providers through the public health media.

Vision Statement
WYSDA is committed to national denturist licensure to ensure accessible removable oral prostheses care, resulting in consumer satisfaction.



CONTACT US:

We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Send us a message or contact us at:

Wyoming State Denturist Association
P O Box 332
Basin, Wyoming  82410

Telephone: 307.568.2047
Fax: 307.568.2212

http://www.wysda.org

Email: info@wysda.org
Twitter: @denturist2th



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