News
08/12/2014
It was a week before Christmas last year when the practice of Robert Meaglia, DDS, in Rocklin was broken into through the back door. The burglars took everything they could get their hands on, from toothbrushes to a Gameboy. But the most important thing they stole was the main unencrypted computer that had all of Meaglia’s patients’ information on it. Read more >>

 

CDA Cares has statewide impact as Pomona clinic nears
08/11/2014
CDA and the CDA Foundation are gearing up for the second CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California. CDA Cares Pomona will take place Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex, and volunteers are urged to get involved. In addition to providing care at no charge to approximately 2,000 patients at each clinic, CDA Cares aims to educate the public, media and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need to find long-term solutions, such as an adequately funded dental safety net. Read more >>

 

08/11/2014
CDA Endorsed Program Intuit Demandforce will be paying for the annual CDA memberships for three dentists at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Demandforce, which is a marketing and communications system company that specializes in patient recall, will be giving away the memberships at their booths (#913 and #2138) on the exhibit hall floor of the Moscone Center during the Sept. 4-6 convention. All dentists need to do is stop by their booths, scan their CDA Presents badge and get a scratcher that will determine if they win instantly. Read more >>

 

Five books that can help dentists succeed
08/08/2014
Running a dental practice takes a lot of knowledge that goes beyond the clinical aspects of dentistry. There are several books related to leadership that offer advice for business owners, but there are five specific publications that CDA Director of Practice Management Michael Perry, DDS, has identified that will help dentists succeed in their practices. Check out the list and start your reading today. Read more >>

 

CDA reminds dentists there's no paperless mandate coming in 2015
08/07/2014
CDA Practice Support has received an increase in calls regarding the so-called “paperless mandate.” The calls are coming from dentists who were told by other dentists that the deadline to switch to dental electronic health records (EHR) is coming in 2015. CDA reminds dentists that there is no requirement for dental practices to go paperless. There is an incentive program for Medicaid/Medicare providers to convert to electronic health records, however. Dentists who bill Medicare and who do not convert to EHRs will eventually see reduced payments for services. Read more >>

 

Become an oral health coach with CAMBRA
08/06/2014
CAMBRA, which stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment, is a research-based, systematic approach to integrate caries risk assessment as a centerpiece of the dental practice. CAMBRA aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. When Jean Creasey, DDS, introduced the principles of CAMBRA into her Nevada City practice 13 years ago, she never envisioned the benefits reaped for her patients and the practice she shares with her husband, Craig Creasey, DDS. Read more >>

 

CDA clarifies misinformation about Botox action
08/05/2014
CDA is aware of a letter that has been posted on Facebook and circulated among members suggesting that a recent Dental Board of California disciplinary action, initiated against a dentist who does not hold the required permit for the cosmetic use of Botox and derma fillers, is actually a broad prohibition on cosmetic dental procedures. This is not true and the alarm it is generating is unwarranted. Read more >>

 

CDA launches Practice Advising to give dentists business guidance
08/05/2014
To help member dentists on a more individual, personalized basis, CDA has launched CDA Practice Advising, an in-depth consulting service designed to help dentists practice smarter and increase their profitability. The member-only Practice Advising will help dentists develop a vision statement and a customized action plan for their business and also give them an opportunity to enhance their skills through quarterly workshops on everything from leadership and treatment planning to financial policy and case presentation. Dentists can begin now by taking an online self-assessment about their practice. Read more >>

 

New safety information on multiple-use dental dispensers released
08/01/2014
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently released new safety information about multiple-use dental dispensers. The new information, released in July, includes a definition of multiple-use dental dispensers, information on the importance of infection control and a series of do’s and don’ts. Read more >>

 

August Journal discusses temporomandibular disorder philosophies
07/30/2014
The August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is now available. In this issue, four authors state their differing temporomandibular disorder (TMD) philosophies. Each then reviews the other three authors’ statements of philosophy, so the reader can understand each one’s opinion, as a TMD expert, on what they feel are the differences among them. Following those reviews, the authors respond to the critiques of their individual philosophies. Read more >>

 

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