Special to the Reporter
Dr. William Wyatt, of Hurst, Texas, has received the nomination for the Texas Academy of General Dentistry’s (TAGD) 2008 Dentist of the Year Award. It is considered the most prestigious honor a dentist can earn.
Dr. Wyatt is one of 19 dentists nominated for this year’s award and was selected by the Fort Worth Academy of General Dentistry to represent their region. He and other nominees will be honored in a special ceremony at the Dentist of the Year Gala on Friday, Sept. 5th, during TAGD’s annual Lone Star Dental Conference in Austin. Each nominee will be recognized and will receive an engraved plaque. The gala will conclude with the announcement of the 2008 dentist of the Year and the presentation of the trophy to the winner.
Dr. Wyatt, a 1955 graduate of the Baylor College of Dentistry, has maintained a general dentist practice in Hurst, Texas for over 50 years. He is a life-member of several dental organizations including the Academy of General dentistry, American Dental Association, and their state and local level components.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Wyatt has stepped above and beyond the normal duties of his profession. He closed his practice for three years to work as a dental missionary in Nigeria, West Africa and he currently provides free dental treatment to residents at Christ Haven’s Children Home. Continuing education has also played an important role in Dr. Wyatt’s career. He has earned his Fellowship with the International College of Dentists, American College of Dentists. Dr. Wyatt currently has an online lecture available for free to all dentists titled “Up-righting Teeth” and often lectured at dental meetings.
These actions and activities along with many others are part of the reason why Dr. Wyatt has earned numerous honors, including the City of Hurst Award for Outstanding Facility and Longevity in business. He has also been inducted into the Fort Worth Dentists Hall of Fame. This is the second TAGD Dentist of the Year nomination for Dr. Wyatt; he was also nominated in 2000.
Dr. Wyatt is the proud father of Dr. William Wyatt, Jr., a general dentist in flower Mound, Dr. Charles Cevin, a dentist in Tyler, Bryant Wyatt who holds a Ph.D. in mathematics and Mark Wyatt, who is a minister. He has also been happily married to Winnie Wyatt for 55 years.
TAGD is the second largest dental organization in Texas. Its nearly 2,500 members are dedicated to continuing dental education in general practice. To earn a nomination by a local dental society or Academy of General Dentistry component, a dentist must demonstrate dedication to the profession, service to the community, commitment to the principles of continuing education, and participation in other activities that indicate character and excellence.
The AGD is a non-profit organization of more than 37,000 general dentists dedicated to staying up-to-date in the profession through continuing education. 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 patient’s oral health needs.