Ivan Wolthuis earns Mastership Award

Audrey Gomez

A lot has changed in dentistry in the 16 years Ivan Wolthuis has been practicing.

One way Wolthuis has stayed current is by continuing his education through the Academy of General Dentistry.

The Oregon Board of Dentistry requires 40 hours of continuing education every two years. Wolthuis has met and surpassed those requirements through his AGD course work.

He recently earned a Mastership Award through AGD by completing 1,100 hours of dental continuing education.

While doing the trainings requires him to spend some time away from his practice, Wolthuis says it allows him to better serve his patients.

There isn’t one type of care that dominates the needs of his patients, he said.

“I see just about all of it in Sweet Home,” Wolthuis said. “I like to be well-rounded to provide comprehensive care to my patients.”

Sometimes they are surprised to hear he provides certain services, such as orthodontics.

In the time since he started practicing dentistry, new alloys and bracket systems have been developed.

Another service that has seen great improvements through the years is implants.

“Implants are probably one of the greatest things that have happened to dentistry,” Wolthuis said. “(We’re) able to replace dentures, able to replace teeth. There is more bang for the buck.”

For his training, he has travelled out of state and been exposed to a lot of different concepts.

“I don’t adopt all of them,” he said. “You don’t want to be at the bleeding edge of technology.”

Wolthuis has learned a lot from courses and hands-on trainings and appreciates the broad spectrum of trainings.

He also appreciates the company of his colleagues.

“Sometimes you learn more at lunchtime with the other dentists,” Wolthuis said. “There is a free sharing of ideas.”

Wolthuis expects to continue with AGD’s continuing education.

“It’s relaxing, fun, reduces my stress, improves my dentistry, and provides better care to my patients,” Wolthuis said.

About the Mastership Award

The Mastership Award is the Academy of General Dentistry’s highest honor. As a Mastership Award recipient, Wolthuis joins more than 2,200 active AGD Masters.

Wolthuis graduated from Ore-gon Health Sciences University in 1999, and is a Sweet Home High School graduate. He and his wife, Rebecca, have 4 children, Sean, Bradley, Jenna, and Mark.

About the Academy

of General Dentistry

The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) is a professional association of 39,000 general dentists dedicated to providing quality dental care and oral health education to the public. AGD members stay up-to-date in their profession through a commitment to continuing education.

Founded in 1952, the AGD is the second largest dental association in the United States, and it is the only association that exclusively serves the needs and represents the interests of general dentists.

A general dentist is the primary care provider for patients of all ages and is responsible for the diagnosis, treatment, management, and overall coordination of services related to patients’ oral health needs. For more information about the AGD, visit http://www.agd.org.