Archive for May, 2007

The Need For Denturist Services In Wyoming and Across The U.S.

May 9, 2007

Dear Administrator,

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.

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 the dentist charges for the same denture service.

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.

The “Wyoming Denturist Act” initiative, Coalition for Freedom of Choice in Denture Care is in need of your agency’s endorsement and support to gain the required thirty-five thousand registered Wyoming voter signatures, for the November 08 general election ballot, where it can be considered by the voters.

The Wyoming Sate Denturist Association website can be seen at http://www.wysda.org/. Thank you for your support and consideration in giving Wyoming’s people the same options that our neighbors, Idaho and Montana have received for decades in Freedom of Choice for their denture care.

In His Service,
Gary W. Vollan-state coordinator
PO Box 332
Basin, Wyoming 82410
307-568-2047
vollan@tctwest.net