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
Kids' Healthy Mouths program impacts classrooms

The Scholastic education component of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign led by the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council has created a big impact in classrooms across America. Since launching last October, Scholastic’s “Two Minutes, Twice a Day” in-school program materials were delivered to 125,000 teachers nationwide via print and have reached more than 3,750,000 children and their families.


Hygiene proposals fail to advance in sunset review


The Dental Hygiene Committee of California (DHCC) faced its first legislative "sunset review" hearing last week. Based on that hearing, all indications are that the legislature will continue the committee for another four years but will not support expanding the committee's authority or the hygiene profession's scope of practice as proposed by the DHCC and the California Dental Hygienists Association.


World Oral Health Day set for March 20

March 20 is World Oral Health Day, a day to celebrate the benefits of a healthy mouth and to promote worldwide awareness of the issues around oral health and the importance of good oral hygiene for everyone old and young. World Oral Health Day is organized by the FDI World Dental Federation in collaboration with the ADA and recognized in more than 50 countries worldwide. California components, schools and businesses across the state can celebrate the day by holding events under the slogan "Celebrating Healthy Smiles" and the benefits that come with good oral health.