Public Resources

At CDA, we understand that life is busy. Between work and taking care of loved ones, it can be challenging to know where to turn and who to trust for oral health care information. Fortunately, you've come to the right place. From questions about dental benefit plans to issues affecting seniors or those with special needs, we hope to provide you with the answers you're looking for and then some.

Oral Health Fact Sheets

From preventing cavities to how to pay for treatment, we’ve compiled information on some of the most common issues affecting dental patients of all ages.

Some of the most popular:

Gum Disease
Receding Gums
Early Childhood Caries
Oral Piercings

Find answers to your questions about oral health with our fact sheets, available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Vietnamese, and Russian.

Dental Insurance

Do you know that you can prevent most dental problems and that most dental problems contribute to problems in your general health? Taking care of your health means taking care of your oral health, and that means getting regular checkups and cleanings. Dental insurance can help you cover those routine expenses so you remain healthy and your beautiful smile lasts a lifetime.

Kids' Healthy Mouths Campaign

Healthy kids need healthy teeth! Dental disease affects your child's overall health and interferes with his or her ability to do well in school. CDA joined with 35 other dental organizations to create a simple message about the value of good oral health for children. The primary message encourages children to brush their teeth "2min2x" for two minutes, twice a day. View these short, entertaining video clips here, and read more about the Partnership for Health Mouths, Healthy Lives campaign here.

Give Kids a Smile

The American Dental Association (ADA) created Give Kids a Smile to help underserved children get the immediate oral health care they need and assist them to establish a dental home. Held during National Children's Dental Health Month each February, Give Kids a Smile provides free oral health education, screening and treatment services to children from low-income families across the country. To learn about Give Kids A Smile activities in your community, contact your local dental society.

Senior Oral Health

The "Smiles for Life" resource was developed in response to the need for education and awareness on the importance of continued good oral health for older adults. The materials cover issues related to oral health and the daily oral care of the semi-dependent and independent older adult. This resource is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Hmong, Russian, and Vietnamese.

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Low-Cost or Free Dental Services

CDA and our more than 24,000 member dentists across California are pleased to provide assistance in locating a source of low-cost dental care. Search for clinics that offer free or discounted dental services.

The California Dental Association Foundation, CDA and national partner America's Dentists Care Foundation, host CDA Cares, providing free dental care and education. Find the details and location of the next CDA Cares event.

CDA Cares Solano - April 2014
Oral Health Fact Sheets
Children's Oral Health
ADA's Healthy Mouth website
Patient Treatment Concerns

Do you have a dispute about the quality and/or appropriateness of oral health care you've received? Learn how a committee of our volunteer member dentists may be able to help through our statewide peer review program.

Peer Review Program
Peer Review Manual

In the News
CDA recommends that kids use mouthguards when playing sports

As the school year begins, with it comes popular fall sports and other outdoor activities. The California Dental Association is urging parents to protect their children’s teeth from sports-related dental injuries with the use of properly fitted mouthguards. Mouthguards are designed to help cushion the mouth, teeth and jaw, preventing significant damage where sports injuries are most prevalent. Different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury, and while mouthguards are not required equipment in some sports, wearing one is an important precaution for athletes of any age and ability.


Become an oral health coach with CAMBRA

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.


With passing of Tony Gwynn, CDA shares oral cancer resources

With the passing of Major League Baseball great Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer, CDA reminds dentists that there are many resources available to help their patients stop using tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. Though Gwynn's mouth cancer was never medically linked to the use of smokeless tobacco, he believed it was related to his cancer diagnosis. Experience shows that an oral cancer lesion, which often grows slowly and may be painless, can easily be overlooked by a patient who has "had this spot forever."