Membership Benefits

WSP is committed to providing scientific information, clinical experiences and educational forums emphasizing the relationship of periodontal health to other aspects of dentistry and medicine.

The Society includes the following sections:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Inter-Mountain
  • Colorado
  • Oregon
  • Washington

The Western Society of Periodontology was formed in 1952 by a small group of faculty members in periodontology at the University of Southern California. WSP is an organization dedicated to fostering education in the field of periodontics. It is a unique, cohesive membership of dental hygienists, general dentists, periodontists and other related dental specialists/auxiliaries. There is no other organization with this format in the world whose emphasis is education in periodontics and is non-political.

The geographic boundaries encompass Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, the Canadian Provinces from British Columbia to and including Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Mexico. Nonresident members span the United States and several foreign countries.

The Western Society of Periodontology provides a variety of meetings each year throughout the geographic area. A Scientific Session and Membership Meeting is held annually. Team Sessions for Dentists and Hygienists are held in locations throughout the WSP membership regions.

The WSP sponsors study clubs in several geographic areas. These clubs provide a combination of didactic and clinical material. The pilot program began in 1978, and new clubs are formed to meet the needs of different regions. 

CONTINUING EDUCATION: is provided throughout the region during the year, representing over 50 continuing education credits each year. Members receive considerable savings on postgraduate courses.

LEARNING PLATFORM: for Free & Discounted Self-Instruction for WSP Members. The WSP offers over 50 hours of FREE CE for its members. And we now offer discounted additional CE for exclusive programs.

PUBLICATION BENEFITS: All members will continue to receive Periodontal Abstracts (4x per year).

BRING YOUR REFERRALS: We will continue specific hygiene education at our annual session and offer package pricing for more than one dentist or an entire dental office to attend. Something not seen from other associations.

GPs: For the Hygienist Appreciation Day: Your Hygienists also get a FREE Day of CE

SPECIAL PRICING: Due to our relationship with the most well-known management company in dentistry, you will receive membership pricing on the other dental events they manage.

STUDY CLUB WEBINARS: We are now offering the Periodontal Study Club 6x a year for WSP MEMBERS ONLY.

E-NEWSLETTERS: are publications that contain news of the Society and of each Section, reviews of WSP continuing education courses, and previews of educational sessions.

DENTAL WEBSITE AND MARKETING SERVICES: The WSP is now endorsing and recommending WEO Media for dental website design and management and marketing services. WEO Media offers discounts to WSP members up to 15% depending on which services are selected by the practice. Click here to find out more.

FELLOWSHIP: is the camaraderie of local members as well as interstate communication with fellow members. The Society is also a good information source for patients who relocate.