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 26,000 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 Sacramento
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
Academy of Pediatrics tackles children's oral health

In a recent policy statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) acknowledges the significant impact dental caries has on the health of young children and the important role pediatricians play in dental disease prevention. The statement goes on to encourage pediatricians to conduct a risk assessment for caries by focusing on the key risk factors for dental caries.


Study says childhood caries decreasing

New data suggests a downward trend in early childhood caries in the United States and indicates progress in ensuring that children are receiving the necessary dental treatment. The preliminary data, which was presented at the "Innovations in the Prevention and Treatment of Early Childhood Caries" conference on Oct. 23 shows there has been a decade-long trend of increased treatment of caries in preschool children.


Ad Council launches new oral health ads

The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, a coalition of 36 dental organizations, including CDA, and the Ad Council have launched a new phase of the Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign urging children to brush for two minutes, twice a day. The second phase features new multi-media public service announcements created to build on the tremendous success of the campaign, launched in August 2012.