Membership

CDA provides opportunities for our members to learn, grow and be inspired to provide the best care possible. Our resources are designed to support dentists throughout all stages of their careers, from dental school to nearing retirement.

November Student Spotlight
11/01/2019
Get to know CDA’s November Student Spotlight, Austin De Los Santos from the University of Southern California class of 2022.
October Student Spotlight
10/04/2019
Get to know CDA’s October Student Spotlight, Alivia Stoddard from Western University College of Dental Medicine class of 2021.
September Student Spotlight
09/06/2019
Get to know CDA’s September Student Spotlight, Nojan Jahedmanesh from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry class of 2020.
Peer review can help dentists resolve treatment disputes
08/13/2019
CDA members are typically unfamiliar with the peer review process unless they have gone through it themselves or have served on a local peer review committee. Even those who are aware of peer review might not know that the program was recently enhanced to include informal mediation. The purpose of the peer review program is to resolve disputes between patients and dentists, focusing on disputes about the quality or appropriateness of dental treatment.
July Student Spotlight
07/19/2019
Get to know CDA’s July Student Spotlight, Gregory Pavlos from UCSF School of Dentistry class of 2022.
C.E. calendar details 175 statewide courses for dentists, dental professionals
07/18/2019
CDA maintains an online continuing education calendar that lists course offerings — currently totaling at least 175 — for dentists and dental professionals in California who want to enhance their practice and professional development or simply need credits for license renewal. The calendar is organized by date and pulls from vetted sources throughout the state.
June Student Spotlight
06/14/2019
Get to know CDA’s June Student Spotlight, Ashley Mach from the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC class of 2021.
Members benefit from new services added to CDA Endorsed Programs
05/13/2019
Three new businesses — CommonBond, HR for Health and WEO Media — have been added to the lineup of CDA Endorsed Programs that have been thoroughly researched, vetted and approved by CDA. Endorsed Programs bring members the lowest prices on products and services that their practices need from vendors they can trust. Members can get more information about these and other Endorsed Programs at CDA Presents in Anaheim May 16-18.
May Student Spotlight
05/10/2019
Get to know CDA’s May Student Spotlight, Eric Stratton from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry class of 2020.
April Student Spotlight
04/12/2019
Get to know CDA’s April Student Spotlight, David Perez from Western University’s class of 2021.
March Student Spotlight
03/15/2019
Get to know CDA’s March Student Spotlight, Sara Zadmehr from the University of California Los Angeles class of 2020.
New CDA Endorsed Program can help dentists save thousands on student loan debt
02/19/2019
CDA is pleased to announce CommonBond as a CDA Endorsed Program that offers competitive student loan refinancing as a new member benefit. Student loan debt is one of the largest financial hurdles a dentist may face. The average educational debt for all indebted graduates in the class of 2018 for U.S. public and private dental schools was $251,869 and $326,133, respectively.
February Student Spotlight
02/15/2019
Get to know CDA’s February Student Spotlight, Trent Gillard from Loma Linda University class of 2020.
Maximize all of your membership benefits
01/31/2019
Whether you’re new to the California Dental Association or a lifetime member, you likely already have a favorite benefit. But you may not be familiar with all of the perks that your CDA membership has to offer. This year, maximize the programs, services and expertise available to you through organized dentistry.
January Student Spotlight
01/16/2019
Get to know CDA’s January Student Spotlight, Kevin Hahn from the University of California, San Francisco class of 2022.
Online C.E. course calendar updated through June 2019
01/02/2019
As a member benefit, CDA provides an online continuing education course calendar that includes pages of course offerings — currently more than 250 — for dentists who want to enhance their practice and professional development or simply need credits for license renewal. The calendar pulls from sources throughout the state, including CDA, local components and dental schools.
December Student Spotlight
12/14/2018
Our December Student Spotlight is shining bright on Eric Doelitzsch from Western University of Health Sciences College of Dental Medicine class of 2019.
Membership renewal now open
12/13/2018
With a single annual renewal, you can continue to enjoy seamless benefits from ADA, CDA and local dental society membership. Ongoing participation in organized dentistry allows you to share in the strength of your community — from powerful advocacy to business expertise to buying power.
Organized dentistry protects colleagues suffering wildfire losses
12/05/2018
California’s 2018 wildfires damaged and destroyed property and claimed lives in many areas throughout the state. The Nov. 8 Camp Fire in Paradise is the most destructive in state history, claiming at least 85 lives and burning nearly 19,000 structures. The fire chewed through 153,336 acres — homes, schools, churches and businesses, including nine dental practices and one clinic.
Six tools for CDA members who are business owners
12/05/2018
If you’re like many dentists, you’ve got a multifaceted role as practitioner, practice leader and entrepreneur. With your CDA membership, valuable support comes through tools and expertise available online, by phone and at association events. From protecting your property to streamlining paperwork, tap into dentistry-focused business solutions, starting with these six.
November Student Spotlight
11/16/2018
Meet CDA’s November Student Spotlight, Mylea Wilson from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry’s class of 2020.
Five reasons to visit CDA's Member Benefits Center
09/07/2018
CDA members have ongoing access to dedicated experts and resources to support their practice goals throughout the year. At CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco, members can connect to those experts one-on-one at the Member Benefits Center in booth 811 and enjoy special offers available only at the convention. Here’s what members can do at the Member Benefits Center.
August Journal features craniofacial physiology
08/02/2018
The August issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association highlights craniofacial physiology in dentistry. Articles include a review of the genesis of craniofacial biology, a summary of the eruption of teeth, an overview of the pathophysiology of oral squamous cell carcinoma and a discussion of the normal physiology of sleep.
Tools to transition from school to practice
07/26/2018
While new graduates are enthusiastic to put their clinical skills into practice, many would also admit to feeling ill-equipped for the business side of dentistry. To support new dentists in the transition to practice life, CDA offers savings and solutions for the things they may not have learned about in dental school. Here are a few of the answers CDA has for those entering practice.
Five tools for building the dental practice team
07/13/2018
If you’re a dentist who is working double duty as an employer, the process of building your team can be challenging to balance with other obligations. Through CDA membership, dentists have support in their roles as both practice leaders and employers. Expertise and easy-to-use tools are available online and by phone. From hiring and performance management to policies and employment laws, members can tap into smart solutions, starting with these five.
Student research highlighted in July Journal
06/29/2018
The July issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features the research of students and their mentors from three California universities — the University of California Los Angeles, San Diego State University and the Western University of Health Sciences School of Dentistry. Articles discuss pediatric oral health and vulnerable populations, a pilot study that examines the results of an oral health educational intervention with caregivers, and more.
Experts help CDA members navigate the business side of dentistry
06/14/2018
Four experienced CDA Practice Support analysts are available to assist members with matters related to dental benefit plans, employment law and human resources, regulatory compliance and practice management. These specialized experts provide one-on-one guidance by email and phone and speak on timely topics at CDA’s biannual education convention. Together they’ve developed a full library of online resources that they expand upon and update throughout the year.
Millennial dentists featured in CDA Journal
05/31/2018
The June Journal of the California Dental Association paints a picture of millennial dentists — dubbed “dentennials” — through articles co-authored by the dentists themselves. Articles discuss their experiences in dentistry, the best methods for educating their generation, the four millennial personality types found in dental schools, the dental generation gap and dentennials who practice in small towns.
CDA recognized by ADA for membership achievements
05/24/2018
CDA's growth and diversity helped the association to receive six recruitment and retention awards from the American Dental Association at its Annual Conference on Membership in April. Among dental societies with more than 7,500 active licensed dentists, CDA received awards for the following six achievements.
Job-seeking tools just for CDA members
04/12/2018
The occupational outlook for dentistry is bright. The profession is pacing at a growth rate of 19 percent over 10 years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s much faster than the overall job market. However, if you’re one of the many dental professionals seeking employment, navigating the process can still feel overwhelming. How do you gain the support and confidence needed to find a new job that’s the right fit?
April Journal spotlights endodontics
03/29/2018
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association reports on current advances in endodontic treatment procedures. Articles discuss the management of bacterial contamination in the root canal system, improvements in the visualization of the tooth-bone complex through cone beam computed tomography and the replacement of necrotic pulpal tissue in developing immature teeth.
Find meaningful involvement in your member-driven association
03/16/2018
Pop quiz: Who is in the California Dental Association’s membership department? Answer: Everyone! In addition to staff and volunteer leadership at every level, all CDA members play a role in communicating and motivating involvement in organized dentistry. Here are three rewarding ways to get directly involved as a CDA member.
TDSC marks first-year milestone with $500K in member savings
02/27/2018
One year after clicking the “place order” button to purchase dental supplies online through The Dentists Service Company’s Marketplace, James Stephens, DDS, added up his 12-month savings — $13,000 total. After a successful testing phase, the TDSC Marketplace was launched last June as a free benefit to all CDA members in response to members’ desire to have more control over their practices, including the ability to compete with large group practices that negotiate supplies at lower prices than solo practice owners.
One-on-one support available for CDA members
02/22/2018
It’s no secret that CDA and its family of companies are home to some of the brightest specialists supporting dentistry today. And their expertise is just a call or email away for CDA members. But where should members turn for what kind of support? Here’s your quick-start guide to accessing expert advice.
February Journal spotlights silver diamine fluoride
02/09/2018
In the second of a two-issue series, the February issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association continues the exploration of silver diamine fluoride. Featured are articles on how a pediatric dentist incorporated silver diamine fluoride into his practice; the use of SDF to care for elderly and brain failure patients; and the chemical mechanisms of SDF when used as a caries arresting and preventing agent among other articles.
Silver diamine fluoride featured in CDA Journal
01/03/2018
In the first of a two-issue series, the January issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores silver diamine fluoride. Articles include a review of the history and use of silver diamine fluoride in dentistry, a discussion about the role silver diamine fluoride plays in the chronic disease management of caries in children and more.
Court grants preliminary approval of $65M Delta Dental settlement agreement
01/02/2018
In a hearing on Dec. 27, a San Francisco Superior Court judge granted preliminary approval of the amended settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists. After an error in the financial calculations was discovered during the validation CDA required of the prior settlement amounts, the new settlement includes an agreement by Delta Dental to pay an unprecedented monetary award of more than $65 million and expands the number of dentists eligible for awards to more than 14,000.
Strategize your calendar for 2018
01/02/2018
Whether you prefer a digital organizer or a fresh paper calendar, you’ll be more efficient in the new year by taking a few minutes now to plan to take advantage of all of your CDA membership benefits in the months to come. In addition to vacations and staff birthdays, mark the dates for association events, compliance deadlines and practice reminders. Discover even more membership value, protection and support all through the year.
New CDA president begins term
12/21/2017
Natasha Lee, DDS, is CDA’s new president for 2018. Lee, a practicing general dentist in the Sunset District of San Francisco, is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry class of 2000. With more than 17 years of experience as a dental educator, Lee spent over a decade teaching preclinical restorative techniques and is now an assistant professor and course director of Practice Management and Jurisprudence at Pacific Dugoni.
CDA negotiates larger settlement for Delta Dental Premier dentists
12/15/2017
A revised proposed settlement agreement between Delta Dental of California and the plaintiff class of Premier dentists has been filed in Superior Court. The revised settlement includes an agreement by Delta Dental to pay an unprecedented monetary award that nearly doubles the amount the parties had previously agreed upon to more than $65 million.
Shop the TDSC Marketplace by Dec. 31 to win big
12/12/2017
The Dentists Service Company offers member-exclusive group purchasing discounts on 25,000+ items through the TDSC Marketplace. And through an exciting limited-time promotion, every Marketplace shopper who places an order by Dec. 31 will be entered to win one of ten $100 Visa gift cards. The top 100 spenders will be entered to win the grand prize: a vacation to a dream destination (a $4,000 value).*
Dental student research featured in CDA Journal
12/04/2017
The December Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights research conducted by California dental students and their mentors, including articles on the GDNF family of neurotrophic factors in dental pulp stem cells, the barriers patients with special health care needs face in accessing dental care and the relationship of periodontitis with insulin resistance and pancreatic β-cell function.
Membership renewal now open online
11/30/2017
With a single annual renewal, you can continue to experience the benefits of the ADA, CDA and your local dental society. Your ongoing participation in organized dentistry allows you to leverage dedicated legislative advocacy, expertise navigating the business side of dentistry and innovative tools to save time and money in your practice.
Shop for dental supplies with confidence
11/28/2017
When The Dentists Service Company launched its online shopping site for dental supplies to CDA members earlier this year, it was with a commitment to make purchasing easier and more affordable for practices of every size. The TDSC Marketplace was also designed to allow dentists and their office staff to procure supplies across categories with confidence in the source and quality of every item.
Member-exclusive savings add up to sizable dollars
11/10/2017
CDA members already know firsthand that their membership benefits can support them in navigating the business side of dentistry. From Practice Support resources to insurance products designed only for dentists, a full suite of tools is available to help practices be more competitive and efficient. Members also have access to programs that leverage CDA’s size and strength to save them money on dental supplies, insurance and education.
Members save on dental supplies through TDSC Marketplace
11/02/2017
The savings were so significant the first time Richard Barnes, DDS, and his staff compared dental supply prices on the TDSC Marketplace that they thought there had been a mistake. Barnes, a Visalia dentist with three offices, including a surgery center, compared Marketplace prices to what he regularly paid for supplies and saw a 25 percent savings. Barnes is among the growing number of CDA members purchasing dental supplies online through the TDSC Marketplace, a shopping site that offers discounts based on the buying power of the association’s large membership.
Delta hearing scheduled for Oct. 11
10/02/2017
A case management conference related to CDA's proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental has been rescheduled for Oct. 11, from the previous date of Aug. 25. The hearing was scheduled to provide additional time for CDA, Delta Dental and the court to review procedures that were used to estimate the impact of the inflation adjustment percentage.
Planning made easy with C.E. course calendar
09/26/2017
CDA provides an online continuing education course calendar that includes pages of course offerings for dentists who want to enhance their practice and professional development or simply need credits for license renewal.
Giving back: Associations magnify dentists' community impact
09/15/2017
The heart of dentistry is the unyielding desire to help others. A commitment to improving the oral health of all Californians is why many CDA members entered the profession, and it’s why so many dentists are passionate about giving back to their communities. Whether through volunteer efforts, advocacy or leadership, CDA can help act as a conduit for those looking to make a difference.
Powerful connections forged through association membership
08/10/2017
Relationship building is an essential skill for any professional, but especially for dentists. Sharing ideas, addressing common concerns and celebrating successes only serve to strengthen the profession. In addition, making professional connections can help dentists expand their opportunities and propel their practices forward.
First-time exhibitors, product launches at CDA Presents
08/01/2017
More than 400 companies will showcase new technology and dental innovations in exhibit halls on the first and second levels of Moscone West for CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry Aug. 24-26 in San Francisco. Convention-only pricing is available. Highlighted here are just a handful of the new products, including two from first-time CDA Presents exhibitors, that attendees can expect to discover in San Francisco.
CDA membership strengthens the profession
07/13/2017
One of the greatest draws of professional associations is the chance to be a part of something bigger. When professionals come together, their voices truly become more powerful. Cultivating this collective power is one of CDA’s long-standing goals. In fact, the association has reached the 27,000-member mark and was recognized by the ADA in four key areas.
The Dentists Service Company launched to support members
06/27/2017
CDA’s newest subsidiary, The Dentists Service Company, officially launched its services to CDA members this month. TDSC was established to support dentists with the business side of dentistry, specializing in practice management advising and group purchasing services. “We are thrilled that TDSC services are now available to our members,” said CDA President Clelan Ehrler, DDS, MS.
Hearing date for Delta Dental settlement to be rescheduled
06/21/2017
A San Francisco Superior Court judge has delayed dates related to CDA’s proposed settlement agreement with Delta Dental — the June 26 deadline to opt out or object to the proposed settlement and the Aug. 31 hearing on final approval. The action will provide additional time for CDA, Delta Dental and the court to review procedures that were used to estimate the impact of the inflation adjustment percentage (INAP). Delta Dental’s INAP is the basis for the alleged underpayment to class members.
CDA: Supporting dentists from the start
06/07/2017
The transition from dental student to practicing dentist can be one of the most stressful periods in an aspiring dentist’s life. Finishing classes, preparing for exams and applying for jobs can unnerve even the most well-prepared graduate. Luckily, CDA is here to help dentists at all stages of their careers with the business side of their profession.
A to Z: CDA Practice Support resources are easy to find
05/24/2017
Members can rely on CDA Practice Support for assistance in navigating the business side of dentistry with ease. Toward this goal, Practice Support experts in the areas of dental benefits, regulatory compliance, practice management, human resources and employment law work throughout the year to draft, update and publish resources that currently number over 400. Locating these resources on cda.org is easy.
Generate fresh ideas through association connections
05/12/2017
Like many small business owners, dentists can often be confined to the “fishbowl” of their own offices. Taking a break from daily practice to connect with professionals from other practices and specialties can positively impact career growth, development and practice success. One way dentists can find these breaks is through membership in thriving associations and professional organizations.
CDA Journal spotlights antibiotic resistance problems
04/27/2017
The May Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on a variety of topics including a review of literature on the complication of IC therapy, dentistry’s role in managing the antibiotic resistance problem through the appropriate use of antibiotics and an evaluation of information available on the management of traumatically intruded permanent teeth.
Membership made easier through friends
04/13/2017
The California Dental Association is experiencing remarkable growth this year, expanding its reach and passing the 27,000-member mark. In addition to growing its businesses to support new advocacy, protection, practice support and networking opportunities, CDA is pursuing ways to make the everyday membership experience friendlier.
CDA Journal focuses on regulatory issues in dentistry
03/29/2017
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on regulatory issues in dentistry. Articles include a review of California infection control regulations for dental professionals and methods for ensuring every dental office is in compliance; a discussion of inspections of X-ray use in dental practices and common regulatory violations; and an explanation of the investigation process that can occur before a disciplinary proceeding (accusation) is filed.
Innovation, sustainability and growth through 27,000 members
03/06/2017
CDA is celebrating an important milestone as membership grew to 27,000 dentists in December 2016. For all members, a community of 27,000 means greater representation through advocacy efforts to ensure diverse dentists across the state have a voice in policymaking. It means the availability of crucial practice support resources to help dentists easily manage the business and regulatory side of dentistry so they can stay focused on what they do best — providing great dental care to Californians.
March Journal covers management of antibiotic resistance
02/28/2017
The March issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features a review of the evidence behind managing infectious disease and the use of antibiotic prophylaxis by dentists, highlighting the importance of making clinical decisions on the use of antibiotics based on scientific evidence with knowledge of the most current guidelines and indications.
Navigating CDA Presents now easier than ever
02/15/2017
A recent update of the CDA mobile app will help dentists and dental team members locate lectures, workshops and other events and information relating to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, CDA’s biannual convention that offers dental professionals around the world opportunities to earn C.E. and learn about the latest products and services.
Renew membership online, preserve benefits
11/28/2016
With membership in organized dentistry, dentists ensure their voices and the needs of the profession are represented on every level. Members have the option of renewing in full or enrolling in the electronic dues payment program. The EDP program allows for payments in automatically deducted, equal monthly installments.
CDA earns membership, ethics awards
06/16/2016
CDA’s commitment to serving all dentists in a variety of practice settings has provided the organization with an opportunity to support more than 26,000 members across California. CDA’s growth and diversity along with resources and services that help members flourish recently garnered a number of ADA recruitment and retention awards.
ADA Code of Ethics celebrates 150 years
06/03/2016
This year, the American Dental Association’s Code of Ethics is celebrating its 150-year anniversary. As a condition of ADA membership, members voluntarily agree to abide by the principles of ethics and code of professional conduct detailed in the ADA Code of Ethics, committing themselves to high ethical standards of conduct and a “patient-first promise.”
Interprofessional education and practice featured in CDA Journal
02/26/2016
The March issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association is dedicated to interprofessional education and practice (IPEP), a profound systemic change from the traditional educational model of training professionals to be dental surgeons working in solo private practice to those who utilize disease management protocols and surgical intervention working in a variety of collaborative and multidisciplinary practice settings.
Top industry speakers line up for CDA Presents
02/09/2016
Dental professionals from around the world attend CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry to learn about the latest clinical and technological advances in the industry, earn C.E. and network. In the process, they hear from some of dentistry’s most captivating speakers, which will be the case at CDA Presents in Anaheim on May 12-14.
Take CDA on the go
01/05/2016
If the holidays brought you a new mobile device, be sure to download the CDA app and ePubs to stay up-to-date on news and information from CDA. In addition to news about the profession, members can access Practice Support resources, plan their CDA Presents experience and participate in surveys to help shape how CDA acts on their behalf.
CDA supports, protects dentistry in 2015
12/14/2015
CDA is helping member dentists meet today's challenges of practicing the way they want, providing excellent care to their patients and giving back to their communities. Here are highlights of those achievements in 2015.
Online dues renewal now open
11/17/2015
Online dues renewal for CDA members is now open. Members can renew their dues in full or enroll in the electronic dues payment program (EDP) and pay in equal monthly installments automatically deducted from a designated checking account.
New resource helps dentists stay HIPAA-compliant
09/04/2015
An average dental practice data breach can cost a dentist anywhere from $100,000 to more than $1 million. According to the Office of Civil Rights, an average of 4,707 individuals are affected by a breach in a dental practice. To help dentists stay compliant, CDA has released a new, members-only, HIPAA Compliance CD Bundle. The bundle helps dentists design and implement a comprehensive compliance program using a step-by-step approach.
Dugoni: 'Live beyond the nine-by-nine operatory'
09/02/2015

Arthur A. Dugoni, DDS, MSD, recently spoke at the CDA student networking event at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. During his speech, he challenged the dental students to do more than practice dentistry after they graduate. He urged them to make a difference in their profession and in their communities.

CDA earns membership awards
06/24/2015
As a reflection of CDA’s diverse membership and commitment to serving all dentists in a variety of practice settings, the ADA recently awarded CDA with three membership awards. Among dental societies with more than 7,500 members, CDA received the membership awards in the categories of Greatest Percentage of Diverse Members, Greatest Percentage of New Dentists and Greatest Percentage of Women Dentists.
06/22/2015
CDA is constantly looking for new ways to support members in their practices and has created a new subsidiary called The Dentists Service Company (TDSC), which has been approved by the CDA House of Delegates.
Member benefit supports practices' business side
06/16/2015
Mireya Ortega, DDS, thought she had taken all of the necessary steps in the insurance approval and billing process for her patient. But despite doing everything according to the insurance policy standard she was sent a letter in the mail informing her she needed to return all of the money she had received for the treatment because the patient in fact did not have coverage. That is when she called CDA Practice Support.
Everything CDA Presents attendees need to know
04/29/2015
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry will take place April 30 to May 2 at the Anaheim Convention Center. We have compiled a list of key locations and times throughout the three-day convention that will help attendees plan their visit and make sure they get the most out of the experience.
CDA offers employment posters to members
04/21/2015
CDA has mailed updated employment poster sets to local dental societies for distribution to members. Several state and federal agencies, including the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, California Employment Development Department and California Department of Industrial Relations, require employment posters to be conspicuously displayed in dental offices. To check on the mailing status of their complimentary employment poster set, dentists should contact their local dental societies.
CDA survey seeks member feedback
04/20/2015
CDA is conducting a survey of member preferences regarding multiple services. In the coming weeks, members may randomly receive a survey asking for feedback on various CDA benefits and services. The survey, which is being conducted by Burke Inc. on CDA’s behalf, will provide an opportunity for members to offer feedback and candid opinions in order to help CDA continue to meet the needs of their practices and the profession.
12/16/2014
Dentists are busy in their day-to-day work providing the best care they can to patients. With that comes the need to run an effective business and understand practice management, regulations, budgets, marketing and more. CDA provides members with two services to help with this aspect of owning a dental practice.
CDA survey seeks member interest in developing new services
03/21/2014

CDA continually works on behalf of its members to provide quality services and benefits — support that allows California dentists to be successful and better serve their patients. CDA is currently surveying members to determine their interest in the association developing and operating a dental practice management service organization (MSO).

12/05/2013
Online dues renewal for CDA members is now open at cda.org/renew. With membership in organized dentistry, dentists are ensuring that their voice and the needs of the profession are represented on every level. CDA provides education, practice support, protection and a stronger voice in government.
CDA makes difference for profession and public in 2013
12/02/2013
CDA continuously works on behalf of its members to make a difference for the profession and the patients they serve – 2013 has been no different. From helping more than 4,400 people receive dental care at no charge through the CDA Cares dental events, to urging the Legislature to restore adult Denti-Cal, to expanding resources available in the area of practice support, to adding new and exciting learning opportunities at CDA Presents, CDA strived to meet the many needs of its members.
Dr. James Stephens installed as new CDA president
11/21/2013
James Stephens, DDS, was installed as the new CDA president at the House of Delegates meeting in Sacramento. Stephens, a general dentist with a private practice in Palo Alto, is a graduate of the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry and Stanford University. He succeeds Immediate Past President Lindsey Robinson, DDS.
Members can show they are #cdaproud
10/01/2013
To help capture the passion its members have for organized dentistry, CDA has launched the #cdaproud social media contest. To participate in the contest, which begins Oct. 1 and runs through Oct. 31, CDA's Facebook fans can take a photo of themselves posing with their CDA orange or any CDA clothing/materials (including but not limited to T-shirts, publications, merchandise from the online store, etc.) and tag their photo caption with #cdaproud.
08/01/2013
In an ongoing series, CDA is profiling members who have taken different approaches to how they practice in order to counter changes in the profession such as an overall drop in adults seeking dental care, the decline in the economy and real estate market, increased regulatory compliance, reduced reimbursement rates and more. The fourth article in the series features a dentist who is analyzing how to meet the patient demand of a high-volume PPO practice.
07/18/2013
The loss of adult Denti-Cal, an overall drop in adults seeking dental care, the decline in the economy and real estate market, increased regulatory compliance, reduced reimbursement rates...these are just some of the challenges dentists face in their dental practices. At what point do members consider changes in how they practice or ask for help to make changes in their practices?
How dentists can optimize their Yelp profile
07/15/2013
With 102 million monthly visitors and more than 39 million reviews, Yelp is one of the leading sources of new patient referrals for dentists. And, each referral Yelp generates adds significant revenue to a practice over the course of a year. Because claiming and optimizing a free Yelp profile has proven, positive impacts, CDA Endorsed Program ProSites recommends dentists get started.
07/09/2013
In a four-part series, CDA is profiling members who have taken different approaches to how they practice in order to counter changes in the profession such as an overall drop in adults seeking dental care, the decline in the economy and real estate market, increased regulatory compliance, reduced reimbursement rates and more. The second article in the series features two dentists who practice in San Francisco. In 2008, both dentists decided to end their participation as a contracted provider with dental plans. Five years have passed and both continue to operate on one fee schedule.
Ultimate guide to social media now available
06/27/2013
CDA Endorsed Program ProSites Inc., has released a series of guides to help dentists navigate the multiple social media platforms that are currently available. Broken down into five categories (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+), the Ultimate Social Media Guide Series offers tips on how to use the various platforms and ideas for what to post. The guides are intended to help a practice boost its brand and have a conversation with its current and prospective patients.
Leadership in tripartite begins in dental school
06/21/2013
Each level of the tripartite structure of organized dentistry offers valuable benefits and resources to dentists across California, including education, protection, support and advocacy. None of it would be possible without the foresight of thousands of dentists, and that leadership begins in the state’s dental schools. Soon-to-be dentists across the state are active at their respective schools. They do it because they understand that their careers depend on dentists making the decisions that will both preserve and maintain the profession, as well as serve patients.
CDA launches electronic newsletter
06/13/2013
CDA members are now receiving an electronic newsletter once every two weeks that allows them to select which topics they wish to receive news articles and updates about. In total, there are 12 topics members will be able to choose from including CDA Cares, CDA Presents, Education, Legislation, Practice Support and TDIC Risk Management. The electronic newsletter comes in a mobile-friendly design and is visually appealing on smartphones and tablets.
06/10/2013
Dentists who recruit a new member to CDA now can receive a $100 check from CDA and a $100 American Express gift card from the ADA. The $200 total reward is part of the Member Get a Member campaign, which provides incentives for every CDA dentist who recruits a new member to the tripartite membership (for a total of $1,000 maximum per referring member).
06/07/2013
In the changing landscape of the dental profession, there are many ways dental practices can implement cost-saving mechanisms in the way they do business. CDA Endorsed Program, DentalXChange, weighs in on one of those mechanisms: making the switch to Electronic Data Interchange to submit claims.
02/15/2013
CDA’s member concierge program began a year ago and is now garnering attention nationally from other organizations recognizing the importance of member service and exploring ways to achieve it.
01/16/2013
As part of a membership program, recruiting a new CDA member can result in $100. Under the program, members who recruit a new member to CDA get $100 within two weeks after the applicant is accepted as a CDA member — individuals who recruit five new members in a membership year will receive $500.
11/13/2012
Online dues renewal for CDA members is now available. Members can renew their dues in full at cda.org/member or enroll in the electronic dues payment program (EDP) and pay in equal monthly installments automatically deducted from a designated checking account.
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