The loss of adult Denti-Cal, an overall drop in adults seeking dental care, the decline in the economy and real estate market, increased regulatory compliance, reduced reimbursement rates...these are just some of the challenges dentists face in their dental practices. At what point do members consider changes in how they practice or ask for help to make changes in their practices? Read more >>


CDA Presents mobile app now available
The mobile app for CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco is now available for download from the App Store for iPhones or the Google Play Store for Android users. The app offers attendees easy access to show schedules and speaker information, exhibitor and product listings, real-time alerts such as course availability, event photos and information on local hotels. New to the San Francisco app this year is a version that is designed specifically for the iPad. Read more >>


New dentists have a lot to juggle and think about after graduating from dental school – one of the things that shouldn’t fall through the cracks is making sure they have the proper permits to dispense controlled substances and administer conscious sedation. When dentists become licensed, they automatically have the ability to write prescriptions for antibiotics, fluoride and other non-controlled substances such as Ibuprofen. When it comes to prescribing, dispensing and administering controlled substances, however, they must first register with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Read more >>


How dentists can optimize their Yelp profile
With 102 million monthly visitors and more than 39 million reviews, Yelp is one of the leading sources of new patient referrals for dentists. And, each referral Yelp generates adds significant revenue to a practice over the course of a year. Because claiming and optimizing a free Yelp profile has proven, positive impacts, CDA Endorsed Program ProSites recommends dentists get started. Read more >>


The CDA Foundation raised nearly $17,000 in June at its Targeting Smiles Sporting Clays Tournament. The tournament raised money for the CDA Foundation and its programs through generous donations and a raffle and silent auction. Event sponsors included John Pisacane, DMD, Henry Schein, Associated Pension Consultants, Comstock Mortgage, Patterson Dental Company and Don Rollofson, DMD. Read more >>


Technology Show featured at CDA Presents
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. Read more >>


In a four-part series, CDA is profiling members who have taken different approaches to how they practice in order to counter changes in the profession such as an overall drop in adults seeking dental care, the decline in the economy and real estate market, increased regulatory compliance, reduced reimbursement rates and more. The second article in the series features two dentists who practice in San Francisco. In 2008, both dentists decided to end their participation as a contracted provider with dental plans. Five years have passed and both continue to operate on one fee schedule. Read more >>


Foundation takes CDA Cares to San Diego
The CDA Foundation is set to host its fourth CDA Cares free dental clinic in San Diego in December, and the need couldn’t be greater. The San Diego clinic is the first CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California — the first three were in Modesto, Sacramento and San Jose. The three clinics combined have provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients. Read more >>


Book hotels for CDA Presents at low rates by July 18
Dentists have abundant options when choosing a hotel for their stay during CDA Presents the Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco on Aug. 15-17. There are multiple hotels within easy distance of the Moscone South Convention Center. If hotels are booked through the CDA Housing Bureau by July 18 dentists will lock in low rates. Read more >>


Employment Practices Liability insurance, often referred to as EPL, provides protection for dental practice owners against specific claims made by employees, former employees or prospective employees. EPL covers employment-related claims such as discrimination because of age, sex, race or disability, wrongful termination and sexual harassment, and pays for defense costs, settlements and civil damages in the event of such allegations. Risk Management analysts at The Dentists Insurance Company say it is common for policyholders to mistakenly think their Professional and Business Liability insurance covers employment-related lawsuits. Read more >>


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