The Western Society of Periodontology is unique in that its members encompass the spectrum of dental professionals: periodontists, general or other specialty dentists, and hygienists. Its mission is to provide unity of understanding among these groups, so that the issues facing 21st century dentistry can be approached with all the expertise we can muster. Another important distinguishing characteristic is that the WSP is thoroughly non-political. Along with other organizations, WSP is dedicated to education of both members and patients; it differs, however in that its focus includes neither national nor state issues, but rather those encompassing a massive western region. The geographic boundaries include Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, the Canadian provinces from British Columbia to and including Manitoba, and Mexico.
Our challenge is that all of these areas are not active in 2015. We are a society of academicians and researchers, clinicians, graduate dental students, and hygienists, both students and graduates. Our quest, as we go forward with new and renewed energies, is to develop a WSP presence and study club activity throughout our region. In terms of patients, we seek to address dental needs comprehensively, which initially involves identifying underserved populations. To do that we must have committed members throughout our territory. We are making progress. We ask that all our readers will join us to provide a capable organizational approach that can assist to offer adequate dental care throughout the West, which is nothing less than a marker of civilization itself.
Explore our updated Web site and Facebook presence. Feel free to contact any of the officers you will find identified for further information. We are counting on all of you to join, and so contribute to, our re-energized approaches.