Policy Resources

CDA anticipates and responds to the top issues facing the dental profession by taking positions on issues from abuse detection and reporting to healthcare reform, licensing and third-party payment. Read about how these public-health issues are affecting your practice.

Dental Benefits - CDA Action and Member Resources

The California dental benefits marketplace is shifting rapidly as a consequence of broad market forces as well as the potential implications of national health care reform. CDA is taking action to better understand the issues, to help dentists navigate in a changing environment, and to help sustain the financing and delivery systems in which dentists can most effectively provide quality oral health care to their patients.

Health Care Reform Policy

In 2010, Congress passed and President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as health care reform or the ACA. The stated goals of the new law include an expansion of health insurance coverage to an estimated 32 million uninsured Americans and efforts to strengthen existing coverage. CDA was pleased to see pediatric dental benefits included as one of the Affordable Care Act’s Essential Health Benefits that will be offered through the California Health Benefit Exchange, and it is estimated that more than one million California children will gain dental coverage. California policymakers have been working with key stakeholders to implement the law, and CDA has been actively participating in these implementation discussions and will continue to support the development of access to dental coverage as the Affordable Care Act is fully implemented by January 1, 2014.

Fluoride & Fluoridation

CDA has a long history of supporting community water fluoridation and remains committed to increasing the number of Californians who enjoy the oral health benefits of fluoridation. To find out if a community water supply is fluoridated, call the phone number on the property water bill. Below are some helpful resources on this topic:

Dental Sealants

CDA supports the use of dental sealants for everyone at risk of developing caries, and promotes the ADA’s 2008 sealant guidelines and evidence-based recommendations for the use of pit and fissure sealants.

CDA Sealant Fact Sheets
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CDA Patient Sealant Flyers
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Amalgam: Public Health & the Environment

Dental amalgam has been the subject of attention by regulators because it contains elemental mercury. The mercury in amalgam, however, is contained within a very stable, durable alloy with other metals, so it is not available for release into the body or the environment in any significant amounts. Current scientific research and major national and international health organizations support the use of dental amalgam as a safe and effective restorative material for dental patients.

For more information about amalgam safety and dental office waste management, check out these website links: