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CDA Update

CDA members and California’s dental community turn to our association for timely, trusted information about current and developing issues in dentistry. The Update provides resources and guidance on topics affecting dentists, their patients and their profession, including dental benefit plans, regulatory compliance, legislation and advocacy, patient safety and practice management.

The Update is no longer printed and delivered by mail; however, you can explore our archive of issues from the past 12 months of publication. Find the latest dentistry-specific news, resources and guidance online and through our e-newsletters.

January Student Spotlight

UCLA School of Dentistry's Alvaro Hernandez Saavedra discusses his first year as a dental student in the United States and the challenges he's faced as he and his classmates adjust to dental school during the pandemic. 

Lessons learned: Dental practice owners reflect on the COVID-19 era

Reflecting on their experiences over the last few months, CDA members Faith Barreyro, DMD, Cynthia Brattesani, DDS, and Zoe Huang, DDS, share what they’ve learned as practice owners who are leading their dental teams through the pandemic.

December Student Spotlight

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni's Joshua Goldfaden details how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered his experience as a dental student and his thoughts on how the dental profession will evolve. 

November Student Spotlight

Nov. Student Spotlight, Kylee Homecillo discusses why she chose to pursue dentistry and how the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced her passion for the profession.  

'A master class in disease prevention:' Dental students adapt to clinical care with support from CDA

As dental schools adjust to a new school year in the COVID era, new challenges lie ahead for students who face stricter procedures and increased safety protocols in providing oral care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekly survey of dental practices reveals steady recovery efforts during pandemic

Since June, CDA has conducted a weekly poll to gain further insight on the effects of the pandemic on dental teams and their progress over the last four months as they adapt to safely providing care under new protocols. These results highlight the current status of practices since resuming preventive care during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Dental school in the COVID era: Students fear new protocols will interfere with learning experience

 As institutions test the waters on the most efficient way to conduct classes, the future of students hangs in the balance. Many of them fear that the changes and disruptions could leave them at a disadvantage to other graduates.

‘It does not cost to be a CDA member; it pays to be a CDA member’

Richard Barnes, DDS, reflects on three ways his membership has impacted his career.

March 2020

The March 2020 Update features a discussion with CDA President Richard Nagy, DDS, and CDA Executive Director Peter DuBois about CDA's 150th anniversary and the future of organized dentistry. Other articles explain the screening process for aerosol transmissible disease, including the new coronavirus; how to navigate dental board C.E. audits and requirements with ease; and how to use CDA's new HIPAA training resources.

February 2020

The February Update includes a feature article on the role of RDHAPs in caring for homebound, aging and special-needs patients in the expanded dental practice. Other articles discuss new rules that restrict in-office financing options for patients; common questions dentists have about enrolling in federally administered Medicare Advantage plans; and new and updated required employment notices for the dental office.

January 2020

The January 2020 issue announces CDA's 150th-anniversary milestone and offers a glimpse of what's ahead for the association and its members. This issue also includes a message from Paul Reggiardo, DDS, about the CalHealthCares 2020 application cycle, which opens to dentists in January, and explains what's involved in an HR audit and how performing one can help practices get off to a compliant start in the new year.

December 2019

The December 2019 Update explains new laws related to arbitration agreements, lactation accommodation, and employee training that employers will need to comply with in the new year. This issue also provides answers to common questions members have about coordination of benefits when patients have more than one dental plan for coverage and spotlights the recipient of the Foundation's 2019 Student Loan Repayment Grant.