Every year dozens of new bills are discussed in the State Legislature and Congress that can effect oral health, your patients and your practice. It’s important to take the time to learn about the issues CDA is addressing in Sacramento and the federal issues ADA is handling in Washington, D.C. You can also follow links on this page to find your State Senate and Assembly Members, your representatives in the U.S. Congress, and get the latest information about major issues facing the dental profession.

Grassroots Advocacy

Change begins at the local level. You do not need to be an expert in politics to make a difference. Elected officials in Sacramento, Washington, D.C. and locally throughout California want to hear from their constituents, and your stories can make a difference for legislators facing tough decisions on complicated health care issues.

Get Involved
Every cause needs powerful champions to advocate on its behalf. You can help shape the future of dentistry and work toward political change by taking a leadership position. CDA can provide the tools you need to be an effective key contact for your district representatives. Click the links below to learn more about how you can get involved in Grassroots Advocacy with CDA.

Become a Key Contact
Component Legislative Committee Overview
List of Component Legislative Chairs

If you are interested in becoming a Key Contact, please contact Marissa Allen, CDA Public Affairs Specialist at 916.554.7349 or via email at marissa.allen@cda.org.

In the News
Victory for direct-to-consumer orthodontic patient protection bill

Direct-to-consumer orthodontic patients will gain new protections when CDA-supported Assembly Bill 1519 becomes the law in January 2020. The first of its kind in the nation, the new law will protect patients from DTC orthodontic companies that are putting profits before patients by taking potentially unsafe shortcuts to the accepted standards of care.


Direct-to-consumer orthodontic patient protection bill awaits governor's signature

A bill that protects patients who undergo direct-to-consumer orthodontic treatment has passed the California Legislature and is awaiting the governor’s signature.


ADA files complaint with Federal Trade Commission against SmileDirectClub

The American Dental Association has asked the Federal Trade Commission to “investigate false and misleading claims made by SmileDirectClub, LLC to entice consumers to purchase products and services.” The ADA is concerned specifically with SmileDirectClub’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners, which it says do not follow the adequate safeguards required by law.


Support consumer protections for direct-to-consumer orthodontia — contact your legislator

With the emergence of new business models offering various dental services that can be ordered without an in-person clinical examination, such as direct-to-consumer orthodontia, it is imperative that dental treatment, no matter how it is accessed, continues to meet the standard of care. Assembly Bill 1519 will ensure that telehealth advancements continue to grow in a thoughtful way that puts patient safety first and is as effective as in-person treatment.