CDA Journal spotlights water fluoridation, fluoride varnish

The November issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association reviews the history of water fluoridation in California and preventive fluoride varnish applications for children. Other articles discuss pain assessment practices of pediatric dentists and three processing techniques for evaluating fracture strength of maxillary denture base.

The Journal is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

Find this issue and archived issues of the Journal at cda.org/journal.

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CDA is sponsoring new legislation that will allow dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to be reimbursed when using silver diamine fluoride as a caries arresting agent. With the passage of Senate Bill 1148, SDF will be placed in dentists’ tool belts as an evidence-based option to manage dental caries when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, particularly beneficial with patients who present challenges to receiving traditional treatment.