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CDA Journal spotlights dentistry’s role in addressing needs of dental patients with chronic conditions

September 02, 2021 763

Articles explore oral health and cognitive impairment, the HPV vaccine and a hypertension screening pilot program.

Sacramento, Calif. – The September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association discusses the burden of chronic diseases and the implications of that burden for dentistry. Articles explore oral health and cognitive impairment, the HPV vaccine and a hypertension screening pilot program.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has brought increased attention to the needs of older adults and those suffering from chronic conditions,” said Kerry K. Carney, DDS, editor-in-chief of the CDA Journal. “This Journal issue explains the importance of dental practitioners addressing those needs and communicating more frequently with primary care providers about patients with chronic conditions.”

The September issue also features the California Oral Health Literacy Toolkit, which includes five components to help providers learn or review basic oral health literary principles.

Articles in this issue include:

  • “Oral Health and Dementia” by Paul Glassman DDS, MA, MBA.
  • “Dental Professionals and Human Papillomavirus Vaccinations” by Alessandro Villa, DDS, PhD, MPH, and Dalton Pham, BS.
  • “Hypertension Screening in the Dental Setting: A Pilot Program to Enhance Chronic Disease Management Through Medical-Dental Integration” by John Welby, MS; Debony Hughes, DDS; and Kristi Pier, MHS, MCHES.

The Journal of the California Dental Association is an award-winning peer-reviewed scientific publication that keeps dentists up to date about scientific advances, business management strategies and new products.

About the California Dental Association

The California Dental Association is the nonprofit organization representing organized dentistry in California. Founded in 1870, CDA is committed to the success of our members in service to their patients and the public. CDA also contributes to the oral health of Californians through various comprehensive programs and advocacy. CDA’s membership consists of more than 27,000 dentists, making it the largest constituent of the American Dental Association. For more information, visit

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