The California Dental Association (CDA) is a community of dentists committed to enhancing the professional lives of and supporting dentists in all stages of their careers. We offer our members a unique set of resources and take pride in our mission to meet community needs across the state.
In March 2014, CDA piloted the Dental Benefits Workshop, a two-day program for dentists that provided the necessary tools and insight into the challenging world of dental benefit plans. In attendance were 40 dentists who were hand-selected to participate in the pilot program based on several criteria, including number of years in practice, current participation level with dental benefit plans, practice demographics, etc. A six-month post-workshop survey of the March 2014 workshop attendees showed decreased claim denials and improved patient communication, among other things.
Student delegates representing the six dental schools across California participated in the 2014 House of Delegates last month in San Diego. When the topic of Proposition 46 was brought up at the meeting, many of the student delegates in attendance took pride in the fact that they played a part in the No on Prop. 46 campaign.
Creating a healthy workplace is an important aspect of any highly functioning dental practice. That is why CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim is going to feature several courses on how dentists and their teams can be more efficient in the way they handle business and how they manage their personal health.
Screening for sleep disordered breathing (SDB) in the dental office can have a big impact on the lives of patients — adding as much as eight to 10 years — according to Steve Carstensen, DDS, who presented a lecture at CDA Presents in San Francisco on the role dentists have in identifying symptoms and helping patients obtain a diagnosis and treatment for the condition.
Registration for CDA’s 2015 Dental Benefits Workshops is now open. The Dental Benefits Workshop provides dentists the opportunity to earn C.E. credits during a two-day, in-person seminar where they will learn how to analyze and evaluate existing dental plan contract performance in their practices. The seminars will be held at CDA headquarters in Sacramento and in Irvine in 2015. Registration is now open at cda.org/dbw
Parag R. Kachalia, DDS, an associate professor and the vice chair of Simulation, Technology and Research at the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry, held a lecture titled “An Overview of New Technology and Materials Changing Dentistry” on Sept. 5 during CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Kachalia sat down with CDA staff at Dugoni School of Dentistry’s new campus in San Francisco to discuss how technology is changing dentistry and how dentists can make the transition to the digital age.
Edward Zuckerberg, DDS, knows a thing or two about social media and technology trends. If not for his time spent at the NYU College of Dentistry in the 70s and during his practicing years researching new technology and purchasing one of the first Atari and IBM computers, but also his family ties – he is the father of Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg. In fact, Mark created his first social network at age 12 in his dad’s dental office, long before Facebook. His dad, Edward, recently lectured on social media strategy for dentists at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco.
The Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry’s new 395,000-square-foot building in San Francisco held its first classes on July 14. The seven-story building (155 Fifth Street) underwent two years of renovation to be turned into the campus that now houses all academic programs and dental clinics.
To help new dentists start their careers off on the right path, CDA hosted a New Dentist Career Launch at its headquarters. The three-day program held from July 9-11 provided new dentists extensive and intense training intended to increase their understanding of the nuances of a career in dentistry and guide them toward achieving professional success. The 50 new dentists in attendance learned about topics such as reducing student loan debt, contract and lease negotiation strategies for practice start-up or acquisition and understanding their credit and personal financial resume.
Continuing education (C.E.) is an important aspect of being a dentist, and while it can take up time and resources to make sure the appropriate amount of C.E. units are taken, dentists should use it as an opportunity to improve their practice on the business side as well as the clinical side. Developing a business plan is a fundamental step dentists should take if they want to make their practices run more efficiently. Make sure you align your C.E. planning with your business plan.
With the passing of Major League Baseball great Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer, CDA reminds dentists that there are many resources available to help their patients stop using tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. Though Gwynn's mouth cancer was never medically linked to the use of smokeless tobacco, he believed it was related to his cancer diagnosis. Experience shows that an oral cancer lesion, which often grows slowly and may be painless, can easily be overlooked by a patient who has "had this spot forever."
CDA Presents continues to expand its educational opportunities for members, and the San Francisco convention on Sept. 4-6 will be yet another example of that. Attendees can expect comprehensive presentations and the newest dental equipment that is out there because CDA is one of the premier venues for displaying new products on the expansive exhibit hall floor. CDA Presents also offer dentists and staff the ability to talk amongst their peers.
Dentists are faced with many career paths, especially in the first 10 years of practice. Because of this, today’s new dentists need to have the necessary business knowledge that will help set their career on the right path. To help with this, CDA is hosting a New Dentist Career Launch from July 9-11 at the CDA headquarters (1201 K Street, Sacramento). The three-day program will provide extensive and intense training intended to increase a dentist’s understanding of the nuances of a career in dentistry and guide them toward achieving professional success.
Dental patients can be nervous when they enter a practice. In fact, it is estimated that 75 percent of U.S. adults experience some degree of dental fear. But fear, as well as anxiety and worry, may not be easily identified by the dental practitioner, which can cause big legal issues down the road. That is why TDIC is launching a new Risk Management seminar to teach dentists how to correctly handle patients who exhibit these emotions so they can keep their practice, and their patients, safe.
The ability to understand and recognize different personalities in the practice can be something that helps with patient treatment acceptance and relationship issues with co-workers. The main personality types in the dental practice are: the Driver, Intuitive, the Stabilizer and the Calculator. Michael Perry, DDS, CDA director of practice management breaks down each.
The CDA Foundation has numerous grants and scholarships available throughout the year with various deadlines and submission periods. Currently, the CDA Foundation is accepting applications for the Student Loan Repayment Grant, Humanitarian Award and the Latinos for Dental Careers Scholarship.
There are many business and technical issues in dental software contracts that dentists need to recognize and address, and the onus can fall on them to adequately prepare. Signing a bad contract could negatively impact a practice for years to come. CDA, along with a veteran health care software expert, has identified the top five mistakes dentists make when signing a dental software contract.
TDIC Professional Liability policyholders whose Risk Management premium discount expires soon should register for their last chance to complete TDIC's Risk Management seminar, The High Cost of Shortcuts. California dentists must successfully complete the seminar by April 25th to maintain and/or receive the discount. However, for those who attend the CDA Presents Risk Management seminars, the discount will apply to the July 1, 2014 renewal. In addition, registrants will earn 3.0 C.E.
Dentists interested in learning more about the world of restorative dentistry will have many options at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim. From anterior and posterior etched ceramic restorations to posterior bonded porcelain, CDA Presents has more than 20 lectures/workshops for dentists to take advantage of throughout the May 15-17 event at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Dental electronic health records (EHR) are changing practices rapidly as it relates to benefits and clinical operations. There are many options in terms of vendors and software offerings in addition to federal EHR incentives, new HIPAA rules and the push to move everything to the cloud. Despite the complexity, dental practices need to stay up-to-date. To help dentists in these situations, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry on May 15-17 will host a lecture to provide guidance on how to deal with purchasing new, or updating old, dental software.
CDA Presents in Anaheim on May 15-17 is going to be one of the most innovative professional conferences to date. An example of that is the Advance Local Anesthesia of the Oral Cavity and Maxillofacial Complex lecture/lab, which will be led by Mel Hawkins, DDS, BScD (AN), and Mark C. Paxton, DDS. The May 15 lab will offer attendees the opportunity for light, site-specific, hands-on human cadaver demi-head dissection, isolation, pathway tracing and identification of anatomical structures.
The University of California, San Francisco, School of Dentistry will host a C.E. course on Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) beginning in March for dentists interested in implementing the strategies in their practice. Coursera: Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) will be led by John D.B. Featherstone, MSc, PhD, Professor and Dean, UCSF School of Dentistry, from March 31 to May 12 and will teach attendees to immediately apply “caries management by risk assessment” into their clinical setting or into their personal health care.
CDA dentists and their staffs have a lot to look forward to at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry next year. CDA Presents in Anaheim is expected to be the most comprehensive show to date, and attendees will be able to take advantage of the C.E. opportunities, tradeshow floor, headlining speakers, location and the ability to engage and inspire staff.
There is still time to register for the remaining seminars in TDIC’s fall lineup of The High Cost of Shortcuts. TDIC is offering the Risk Management seminar to help dentists avoid lawsuits related to incomplete documentation or failing to fully inform patients. The High Cost of Shortcuts presents real case studies to dentists and staff members to help them understand best practices on creating a proactive approach when multiple dentists treat one patient, establishing office procedures when patients complain of pain and more.
In early September, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry licensed attendees will receive an email containing a link to their online C.E. certificate, which can then be printed. Attendees also can save $100 on course audio recordings.
To help improve members’ understanding of the shifting landscape of the dental benefits marketplace, CDA will host a Dental Benefits Workshop in 2014, one of several Smart Dentist Trainings offered through the CDA Practice Support Center. The extensive program will provide participants the opportunity to earn C.E. credits through a “Dental Benefits 101 Webinar” as well as a two-day, in-person seminar held at the CDA headquarters in Sacramento on March 20-21, 2014.
The ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry is now accepting applications for its intensive course titled “Advanced EBD Workshop: Assessing the Quality of Evidence.” The deadline to apply is set for Sept. 15 and the course will run Oct. 21-25 at ADA headquarters in Chicago.
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, the bi-annual convention of CDA, is expecting to draw more than 14,000 dentists, dental professionals and students from across the U.S. The three-day convention next week will feature educational courses and 375 exhibitors demonstrating new techniques and innovative products and services for dentists.
Dental technology, like the rest of the tech industry, continues to evolve at a fast pace. To help dentists get a grasp of what the latest technology in the profession is and how to utilize it, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco will host a three-day technology series of lectures and workshops. The series, titled The Greatest Dental Technology Show, will explore digital disease detection, digital impressions, CAD/CAM, new cone beam 3-D imaging and more.
Registration for the fall 2013 lineup of TDIC’s risk management seminar, The High Cost of Shortcuts, is now open. TDIC is offering the seminar to help dentists avoid lawsuits related to incomplete documentation or failing to fully inform patients. The High Cost of Shortcuts presents real case studies to dentists and staff members to help them understand best practices on creating a proactive approach when multiple dentists treat one patient; establishing office procedures when patients complain of pain; implementing office protocol when dealing with patient emergencies; and recommending treatment plans.
Due to an increased number of questions from members through the CDA Practice Support Center, CDA is launching a lunchtime “Feed Your Mind” employment webinar series this summer. CDA is offering its members an opportunity to learn more about the different leaves and gain an understanding of how to manage those leaves within the legal arena.
It is becoming increasingly more important for dentists to keep track of dental insurance. Michael Perry, DDS, founder and president of Momentum Dental Business Consulting, led a course at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim last month that gave dentists an idea of how they can choose the appropriate insurance model for their dental practice rather than “letting the model choose them.”
The CDA Practice Support Center is helping smart dentists get smarter with these free classes at CDA Presents. Dentists can gain C.E. on a range of valuable topics below that include everything from best practices in patient records to how to minimize the risks of social media.
The CDA Foundation offers financial support for oral health programs and dental education statewide and the deadline for several grants and scholarships is approaching.
The CDA Practice Support Center is hosting a webinar titled Bad Review? … What to Do! on Jan. 24 from noon to 1 p.m.
The webinar, led by Carla Christensen, will provide participants with information on how to handle a negative review.