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 Benefits

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. Offsetting your out-of-pocket expense through a dental benefit plan can help you cover those routine expenses so you remain healthy and your beautiful smile lasts a lifetime.

  • A Consumer's Guide to Dental Benefits
  • Dental benefits for children - provides easy to understand information about Medi-Cal and CHIP programs, the benefits, how to enroll, and how to find a dentist.
  • Covered California is California's health insurance marketplace, developed to comply with the federal Affordable Care Act. Dental benefits are one of the required health benefits for children. Families who need dental coverage for their children can shop for it on this website.
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 27,000 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.

Fluoride and Fluoridation
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
Prepare to apply for CalHealthCares student loan repayment or practice support grant

Eligible dentists and dental students in California can apply Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, 2020, for student loan repayment of up to $300,000 or a practice support grant — also up to $300,000 — through the CalHealthCares program. To improve their chances of scoring highly, applicants are encouraged to prepare early by reviewing all materials, including eligibility requirements and Q&A, and attending an upcoming live webinar or watching a recorded webinar.


Antibiotics not needed to manage most pulpal-related dental pain, ADA guideline advises

A new guideline from the American Dental Association advises against using antibiotics to manage pain and swelling for most pulpal and periapical conditions in immunocompetent adults. The guideline, published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association, recommends only the use of dental treatment for pulpal and periapical conditions. The new guideline comes at a time when antibiotics are under scrutiny.


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.


Reinforcing good oral health care habits as Halloween approaches

In the days leading up to Halloween and on National Brush Day, Nov. 1, dentists and their staff can reinforce the importance of good teeth-brushing habits to help remove sugary candy residue and prevent oral disease.


Dental board faces lawsuit over direct-to-consumer orthodontics

SmileDirectClub LLC filed a lawsuit last week in federal court that alleges the Dental Board of California conspired to hurt the company’s business. The lawsuit came several days after Gov. Newsom signed AB 1519, which establishes fundamental consumer protections for patients who receive dental treatment via telehealth. The plaintiffs claim that dentists serving on the dental board have undertaken “an aggressive, anti-competitive campaign” against SmileDirectClub, its affiliated dental practices and its direct-to-consumer business model.