CDA Practice Support has developed and published two new resources for practice owners who wish to help put their staff on the proper path to become a California-registered dental assistant. Both resources — “Steps to Becoming a California-Registered Dental Assistant” and “Helping Your Out-of-State-Trained Dental Assistant to become a California-Registered Dental Assistant” — are in a one-page format that is easy to follow. Read more >>


The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental program, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, Calif., Sept. 27-28, and online registration for the clinic is now open. Around 1,950 people who experience barriers to dental care receive no-cost services and oral health education at each CDA Cares. The September clinic will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center. Read more >>


By shopping, dentists continue to see 20% average savings through compared to the manufacturers’ suggested retail price*. However, the TDSC difference is often greater when compared to the actual amounts practices have been paying elsewhere. CDA members are seeing how prices can be lower and more stable than their invoiced prices from other suppliers. Read more >>


Dental product launches, convention specials in store for CDA Presents attendees
On exhibit May 16-18 at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will be the latest in dental innovation from over 550 companies, and several dozen of them will launch brand-new products and services at the Anaheim meeting. “Not only are there cool new products and cost-saving specials to be found but countless opportunities to connect with your peers and have some fun,” said Claire Tyler, DDS, CDA Presents Board of Managers chair. Read more >>


Debt collection agencies: Your last resort for patients' past-due accounts
Every practice will come across a debt that needs to be sent to an agency, but such debt should be the exception to the rule. The goal should be to prevent accounts past due, not to collect on them. Start with good policy. A financial policy is pertinent to a practice’s success, and practices should have both internal and external financial policies. Read more >>


After wildfires, California dentists make progress, recall generosity
Five months after the catastrophic Camp and Woolsey wildfires tore through more than 250,000 acres in Northern and Southern California, life and work are far from routine for dentists who lost their practices or homes — or both — in the fires. But many are beginning to find some semblance of daily structure and make long-term plans with the help of their colleagues and the dental community. Read more >>


Advances in dental technologies, materials explored in CDA Journal
The May issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights novel dental technologies and materials, including 3D printing, dental resins and mechanotransduction of external root resorption in orthodontic treatment. Read more >>


Students advocate for dentistry, oral health at the state Capitol
Grassroots Advocacy Days are in full swing as student representatives from California’s six dental schools met with their local legislators and legislative staff to discuss critical issues affecting dentistry. CDA coordinates these small-group advocacy days each year at the state Capitol in Sacramento. The goal is to help members learn about the legislative process and to allow participants to have in-depth, interactive discussions with lawmakers about dentistry and oral health. Read more >>


New online form available for reporting dental benefits plan issues
CDA Practice Support introduces a new, secure online submission process for dentists to use to report issues with dental benefits plans. By streamlining the intake process, this form will make it easier for practicing dentists to quickly reach out for assistance and submit issues at their own convenience. To receive assistance, simply submit your issue electronically using the new submission form available online within your account. Read more >>


Dental supply class-action settlement notices mailed
Dentists eligible for payments as part of an $80 million class-action settlement involving dental supply companies Henry Schein Inc., Patterson Companies Inc. and Benco Dental Supply Company have received notices informing them that they have until Oct. 15 to file a claim in order to receive a payment, pending final settlement approval. Read more >>


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