Public Resources

At CDA, we understand that life is busy. Between work and taking care of loved ones, it can be challenging to know where to turn and who to trust for oral health care information. Fortunately, you've come to the right place. From questions about dental benefit plans to issues affecting seniors or those with special needs, we hope to provide you with the answers you're looking for and then some.

Oral Health Fact Sheets

From preventing cavities to how to pay for treatment, we’ve compiled information on some of the most common issues affecting dental patients of all ages.

Some of the most popular:

Xylitol
Gum Disease
Receding Gums
Early Childhood Caries
Oral Piercings

Find answers to your questions about oral health with our fact sheets, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Russian.

Dental Benefits

Do you know that you can prevent most dental problems and that most dental problems contribute to problems in your general health? Taking care of your health means taking care of your oral health, and that means getting regular checkups and cleanings. Offsetting your out-of-pocket expense through a dental benefit plan can help you cover those routine expenses so you remain healthy and your beautiful smile lasts a lifetime.

  • A Consumer's Guide to Dental Benefits
  • Dental benefits for children - InsureKidsNow.gov provides easy to understand information about Medi-Cal and CHIP programs, the benefits, how to enroll, and how to find a dentist.
  • Covered California is California's health insurance marketplace, developed to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Dental benefits are one of the required health benefits for children. Families who need dental coverage for their children can shop for it on this website.
Kids' Healthy Mouths Campaign

Healthy kids need healthy teeth! Dental disease affects your child's overall health and interferes with his or her ability to do well in school. CDA joined with 35 other dental organizations to create a simple message about the value of good oral health for children. The primary message encourages children to brush their teeth "2min2x" for two minutes, twice a day. View these short, entertaining video clips here, and read more about the Partnership for Health Mouths, Healthy Lives campaign here.

Give Kids a Smile

The American Dental Association (ADA) created Give Kids a Smile to help underserved children get the immediate oral health care they need and assist them to establish a dental home. Held during National Children's Dental Health Month each February, Give Kids a Smile provides free oral health education, screening and treatment services to children from low-income families across the country. To learn about Give Kids A Smile activities in your community, contact your local dental society.

Senior Oral Health

The "Smiles for Life" resource was developed in response to the need for education and awareness on the importance of continued good oral health for older adults. The materials cover issues related to oral health and the daily oral care of the semi-dependent and independent older adult. This resource is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Russian, and Vietnamese.

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Low-Cost or Free Dental Services

CDA and our 27,000 member dentists across California are pleased to provide assistance in locating a source of low-cost dental care. Search for clinics that offer free or discounted dental services.

The California Dental Association Foundation, CDA and national partner America's Dentists Care Foundation, host CDA Cares, providing free dental care and education. Find the details and location of the next CDA Cares event.

Fluoride and Fluoridation
Oral Health Fact Sheets
Children's Oral Health
ADA's Healthy Mouth website
Patient Treatment Concerns

Do you have a dispute about the quality and/or appropriateness of oral health care you've received? Learn how a committee of our volunteer member dentists may be able to help through our statewide peer review program.

Peer Review Program
Peer Review Manual

In the News

05/10/2019
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.

 

Students advocate for dentistry, oral health at the state Capitol

04/30/2019
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.

 

Oral health care of older adults featured in CDA Journal

04/05/2019
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores the oral health issues of older adults. Articles discuss three models of elderly patient care that have sought to overcome barriers to the integration of medicine and dentistry; a conceptual framework for a broad public health approach to improving the oral health of older adults; and more.

 

CDA bill makes silver diamine fluoride a covered Medi-Cal benefit

03/19/2019
Silver diamine fluoride would become a covered benefit as a treatment option for tooth decay for specified Medi-Cal Dental Program enrollees under a new bill authored by Sen. Richard Pan. Senate Bill 154 would make SDF a covered benefit if applied as part of a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan and with the patient’s written informed consent.

 

CDA Cares Solano provides nearly $1.3 million in oral health care

03/12/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided nearly $1.3 million in charitable dental services to 1,491 people at the Solano County Fairgrounds March 8-9. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 8,955 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education.

 

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