Dental student research featured in CDA Journal
The August Journal of the California Dental Association recognizes the work of young dental researchers and their mentors. This issue features a study that aimed to evaluate the antifungal activity of several alkaloids against Candida albicans in vitro and to determine the cytotoxicity on oral fibroblast cells.
$3.2 million for children's oral health approved
The 2016-17 budget, totaling $167 billion, was recently signed by Gov. Brown and includes $3.2 million for the restoration of the California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program, a school-based prevention program managed at the local level by local health departments, county superintendents and other contracted entities.
Protect your practice from cyberattacks
Organizations of all types and sizes are vulnerable to cyberattacks. The fraudsters that perpetrate these crimes do not discriminate, and they are becoming increasingly organized and sophisticated.
CURES: mandatory check proposed
A check of the state’s prescription drug monitoring program may become mandatory under a proposed bill requiring prescribers, including dentists with U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration registrations, to check the Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System when writing a prescription for Schedule II-IV medications.
What a hygienist can do while the dentist is away
CDA Practice Support has seen an increase in the number of calls about the duties a registered dental hygienist can perform while the owner dentist is out of the office.
How to run effective office meetings
Dental practices interested in boosting team building and communication should attend a couple of key lectures at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco Sept. 8-10.
E-cigarette vapors kill cells, UCLA study finds
Youth now use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product, giving rise to sharp concerns among parents, health practitioners and public health advocates. However, evaluating the risks of e-cigarette use has been challenging due to the lack of research – at least, until now.
How to handle staff drama
Drama in the workplace creates an energy-draining work environment that no one enjoys. In the dental office, gossip can run at high levels if the owner dentist has not set standards and policies that prohibit this type of behavior.
CDA Cares returns to Central Valley
After a successful event in Ventura in April, CDA Cares returns to the Central Valley in October. CDA Cares Stockton will take place Oct. 15-16 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and provide for a population in dire need of oral health care.
Infection control reminders for dental offices
There are a number of actions taken every day for every patient receiving care in a dental office. Below are reminders for four infection control procedures that are easily misunderstood, what can happen and how to prevent repeating mistakes.
Student loan repayment programs available
The application period is now open for the 2016 California State Loan Repayment Program. Also, applications for the National Health Service Corps Students to Service Loan Repayment Program will be accepted beginning Aug. 16.
Resources for July 18 civil rights rule deadline
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights issued a final rule recently that seeks to improve patient access to quality, affordable health care by prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability; enhancing language assistance for individuals with limited English proficiency; and protecting individuals with disabilities.
Importance of following meal and rest break policies
One of the issues dental team members can face is finding the right time to take a meal or rest break. The busy day, especially for smaller practices with a small staff, sometimes doesn’t leave a lot of time to easily take a break.
How to handle equipment failure
When faced with equipment failure, practice owners must be prudent with their actions should they seek to file a claim with their insurance carrier. At best, failure to preserve property can result in a delay in payment; at worst, it can result in the loss not being covered at all.
New bill opens student loan repayment funds
A CDA-sponsored bill aims to make it easier for dental school graduates to access funds available in the state’s Dental Corps Loan Repayment Program and recently earned unanimous approval from the state Assembly.
Headlining speakers to educate CDA Presents attendees
Dental professionals from around the world attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry to learn about the latest clinical and technological advances in the industry, earn C.E. and network. In the process, they hear from some of dentistry's most captivating speakers, which will be the case at CDA Presents in San Francisco on Sept. 8-10.
Tobacco tax 'official' as Prop 56
The secretary of state officially validated the tobacco tax measure for the November ballot on June 30 and announced that it will be Proposition 56. This is the result of efforts by the Save Lives California coalition, a partnership of health care and other organizations including CDA, which worked to get this life-saving initiative on the Nov. 8 statewide ballot.
Preparing for patient appointments days in advance
Preparing several days in advance of a patient’s appointment allows the dental team time to focus on the patient and the needs of the practice when it comes to that patient.
Exempt vs. nonexempt: understand employee classifications
Employee classification is an important and complex piece of being a business owner, and that applies to dentists who own a practice. By a general principle, exempt employees possess management and decision-making responsibilities as a majority of their essential job functions (51 percent minimum).
CDA Journal discusses oral microbiome
The July Journal of the California Dental Association features articles that examine the various aspects of the human oral microbiome.
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