The "Wyoming Denturism Act" Initiative

Dear Fellow Community Member;

Dealing with the shortage and availability of dentists and denture services in Wyoming makes it difficult for those working families on low or limited income to afford dental services due to limited competition, especially in rural areas of the state.

Regulating denturism as a licensed profession in Wyoming via the “Wyoming Denturist Act” initiative will compensate for the shortage of dentists by freeing up chair time for emergency, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic procedures. This will help improve rural health care. We are in the process of getting the needed 35,000 voter signatures, to put the initiative on the 2008, Wyoming general election ballot.

Through the current denture delivery system, seniors and others with disabilities often face economic and unavailability barriers to obtain dentures or denture related services. According to a January 02 article in the Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry, “Will there be a need for complete dentures in the United States in 2020?” The adult population in need of 1 or 2 complete dentures will increase from 33.6 million to 37.9 million adults in 2020.Even though the percentage of the adult population who are edentulous, meaning they have lost all of their permanent teeth, is declining by 10% every decade. This decrease is offset by the significant increase of senior citizens, in whom edentulism occurs most often, that is, in low income senior citizens. In a 1999 study conducted by the National Oral Health Surveillance System, (NOHSS), it was estimated that nearly 25% of the American adults over 65 are completely edentulous, due to cavities and gum disease.

Denturists are denture specialists who are trained and educated in sciences, clinical skills, and interpersonal skills that provide affordable denture care. They have the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a removable oral prosthesis service directly to the community that cost up to 50% less than what most dentists charge for the same denture service, giving Wyoming’s citizens the same options that our neighbors, Idaho and Montana have received for decades in Freedom of Choice for their denture care.

We look forward to your consideration as a volunteer sponsor/organizer for signature gathers in your county. Thank you.

Please contact:
Gary W. Vollan-licensed denturistPO Box 332, Basin, Wyoming 82410
307-568-2047 or vollan@tctwest.net

Please see a copy of the “Wyoming Denturism Act” initiative at
Wyoming State Denturist Association www.wysda.org

Thank you and may the Lord bless and keep you—gary

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