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About the South Dakota Dental Association
The South Dakota Dental Association is the membership organization of dentists and allied dental staff in South Dakota. The SDDA has more than 450 dentist members and 500 allied dental staff members statewide. Founded in 1883, the SDDA's mission is to promote the art and science of dentistry and the oral health of the public; educate the public on the benefits of quality preventive and restorative dentistry as provided by the entire dental health care team; and be of service to its members regarding practice health and their general welfare.

 

Smile with PRIDE logoSmile With PRIDE 2016 Dates Announced
The SDDA and the St. Francis Mission have created a partnership that is helping to improve the oral health of the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. SDDA member volunteers have helped hundreds of people living on the Rosebud Reservation, however there continues to be a great need for dental care. The SDDA and the Mission are seeking more volunteers to provide care to patients at the Mission's dental clinic. No credentialing is required - volunteers need only a valid license to practice in South Dakota. Volunteers can provide care according to their availability - anywhere from one day to a full week. Interested volunteers should contact Paul Knecht or Brenda Goeden at the SDDA office by calling 605-224-9133 or email to paul.knecht@sddental or brenda.goeden@sddental.org. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following dates in 2016: January 11-15; March 21-15; June 20-24; September 12-16 and September 19-23. For more information about the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic go to: http://sfmdental.com/.
 

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2016 Legislative Session 
 

House Bill 1104 would allow more flexibility in the way dentists supervise dental hygienists working under collaborative supervision and strikes the special exemption given to Delta Dental two years ago for their pilot project on the Reservations.    

The bill adds the term “oral health review” to the Dental Practice Act defining it as a “limited assessment of a person's oral health through a dentist's review of dental and medical history following a limited clinical inspection by a dental hygienist working under collaborative supervision.”