Oral Health

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. You’ve come to the right place.

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.
Oral health care of older adults featured in CDA Journal
The April issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association explores the oral health issues of older adults. Articles discuss three models of elderly patient care that have sought to overcome barriers to the integration of medicine and dentistry; a conceptual framework for a broad public health approach to improving the oral health of older adults; and more.
CDA bill makes silver diamine fluoride a covered Medi-Cal benefit
Silver diamine fluoride would become a covered benefit as a treatment option for tooth decay for specified Medi-Cal Dental Program enrollees under a new bill authored by Sen. Richard Pan. Senate Bill 154 would make SDF a covered benefit if applied as part of a patient’s comprehensive treatment plan and with the patient’s written informed consent.
Little patients are a big deal
Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Without intervention, this infectious disease can cause lasting impacts on total health and quality of life, even into adulthood. By encouraging little patients and their parents to take an active role in preventive care and by creating comfortable dental visits, your team can help establish good lifelong oral health habits.
Health risks of e-cigarettes discussed in CDA Journal
The February issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on the harmful effects of electronic cigarettes and the role dentists can play to help patients stop smoking. Other articles spotlight the efficacy of probiotics in treating peri-implant diseases and the best clinical scenarios for using cone beam computed tomography.
Antibiotic stewardship in dentistry featured in CDA Journal
The December Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on the four core elements of antibiotic stewardship in dentistry, performing coronectomy of mandibular third molars as an alternative to extraction and the importance of early recognition of the symptoms of non-Hodgkin lymphoma of the maxilla.
In California, saving teeth and money — one mouth at a time
At the children’s dental clinic that Dr. John Blake runs in Long Beach, children as young as 2 or 3 show up with blackened teeth and swollen faces, unable to eat because of the pain and in need of whole mouth restorations. In California, tooth decay in children outpaces the national average. Hoping to save both teeth and money, the state is addressing the problem with an overhaul of Denti-Cal, part of the Medi-Cal health system for low-income Californians.
The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign encourages teeth brushing for two minutes, twice a day, for better oral health. So what better day to encourage good brushing habits than on National Brush Day, Nov. 1, when sugary Halloween candy may be lingering in mouths. Before Halloween and on National Brush Day, dentists and their staff can share with parents and caregivers simple steps to help prevent oral disease and reinforce the importance of good teeth-brushing habits.
Walk-in volunteers welcome at CDA Cares Modesto Oct. 26-27
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, will take place Oct. 26-27 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. Dentists (restorative, pediatric and oral surgeons) and dental and medical professionals, including dental assistants, doctors and nurses, as well as community volunteers who can guide patients and assist with language translation, should first read the volunteer FAQ for general information and requirements.
Major sponsors show generous support of CDA Cares
Thanks to several major sponsors who have made significant donations of equipment and resources, around 2,000 patients will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic coming to Modesto Oct. 26-27. Those sponsors include Henry Schein, GES, Planmeca USA and Western Dental.
Smokeless tobacco prevention summit convenes Oct. 16-18 in Sacramento
More than 400 national experts, health care providers and advocates will participate in the 9th National Summit on Smokeless Tobacco Prevention coming to Sacramento Oct. 16-18. Individuals, organizations and agencies committed to reducing and eliminating the use of smokeless and other noncombustible tobacco products are encouraged to register to join the current coalition.
Soda tax initiative would generate billions for health care, LAO concludes
The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office has concluded that the California Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Tax Act of 2020, a ballot measure filed in July by CDA and CMA, would generate an estimated $2-3 billion annually from a statewide sales tax of 2 cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened beverages. Between $1.6 billion and $2.5 billion of that revenue would be dedicated exclusively to health care.
FDA warns against use of OTC benzocaine teething products
The FDA has taken action to stop the use of over-the-counter benzocaine oral health products for young children, stating that the products “pose serious safety risks, especially those with no demonstrated benefit.” In addition to warning consumers that these products, which are intended for the temporary relief of sore gums due to teething, pose a serious risk to infants and children, the administration has asked companies to stop selling the products for such use.
CDA, CMA file statewide soda tax measure for 2020
A ballot measure to protect public health through a state soda tax has been filed for the November 2020 ballot by CDA and the California Medical Association. The filing comes four days after the multibillion-dollar soda industry proposed a ballot measure that jeopardized the fiscal outlook of local governments, forcing the state to pre-empt local authority and pass an unprecedented 12-year moratorium on any local soda tax.
CDA objects to dental hygiene committee policy proposals in sunset review
The Dental Hygiene Committee of California is undergoing its 2017–18 “sunset review” — an evaluation by the Legislature to assess the DHCC’s performance and determine whether it should continue to exist and, if so, whether it should be modified. In a letter to Sen. Jerry Hill, CDA recognized the DHCC’s substantial work on its 2018 sunset review package before moving on to outline its objections to five policy recommendations.
CDA Cares Anaheim clinic delivers dental care to 2,019 people
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1,537,951 in charitable dental services to 2,019 people during the April 27-28 event at the Anaheim Convention Center. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 11,858 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
Silver diamine fluoride covered under Denti-Cal with CDA-sponsored bill
CDA is sponsoring new legislation that will allow dentists who provide care in the Medi-Cal dental program to be reimbursed when using silver diamine fluoride as a caries arresting agent. With the passage of Senate Bill 1148, SDF will be placed in dentists’ tool belts as an evidence-based option to manage dental caries when used as part of a comprehensive treatment plan, particularly beneficial with patients who present challenges to receiving traditional treatment.
CDA Cares 'brings the profession closer together as a whole'
As chair of the Anaheim CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee, John Taylor, DDS, oversees a committee that helps recruit volunteers from the dental profession and general community, raises funds and secures pharmaceuticals and local dental lab equipment before the CDA Foundation’s two-day dental clinic opens its doors April 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center. CDA spoke with Taylor about his past experiences in the clinics, preparations for CDA Cares Anaheim and the regional need for the clinic.
Unexpected opportunities: Q&A with LDPP ambassador Jared Fine, DDS
For more than 38 years, Jared Fine, DDS, MPH, was the dental health administrator for the Alameda County Public Health Department, where he built one of the most progressive and effective dental health programs in the state. After retiring from the department, Fine became an advocate for sugar-sweetened beverage taxation in Oakland. He is now the community dental ambassador for the Alameda County Local Dental Pilot Project. In this Q&A, Fine talks about that project and the role of private dentists.
A day at the Capitol: Dental students advocate for dentistry and oral health
Students representing California dental schools traveled to Sacramento in February to meet with legislators and their staff, tour the Capitol building and learn how to advocate as part of Grassroots Advocacy Days. CDA hosts the day-long events every year to give students an opportunity to meet with their district representatives to discuss critical issues affecting dentistry.
CDA Journal features school-based oral health care programs
The March Journal of the California Dental Association provides readers with a collaborative approach to advancing oral health equity in pediatrics through the use of nontraditional dental clinics such as school-based oral health care programs. Articles discuss financial options for sustaining school-based oral health centers; the impact of those oral health centers on absence rates and dental pain in a K-8 school; web-based software that facilitates communication remotely between patients and oral health care providers and more.
Scientist Victor DeNoble to talk about tobacco industry's suppression of addiction research
While working as a postdoctoral fellow doing addiction research in 1980, a young scientist was recruited by the research arm of tobacco company Philip Morris USA to build a secret lab and develop a cigarette that would eliminate or reduce cardiovascular risk in smokers. Reportedly, the scientists at Philip Morris had invented the molecules but had no way to test them. This is where the new recruit, Victor DeNoble, PhD, came in.
New state oral health plan provides road map for all Californians
A 10-year plan for addressing the major oral health issues in California was released in late January by the California Department of Public Health. Developed over three years in collaboration with the Department of Health Care Services, the plan identifies strategies to improve oral health over the lifespan and to achieve oral health equity for the state’s diverse population.
Far-flung relatives witness patient's first glimpse of smile at CDA Cares
In the small, close-knit Tongan community in Hayward and the surrounding region, word spread rapidly about a no-cost dental clinic that would visit nearby San Mateo in spring of 2017. Among those who learned about the CDA Foundation’s two-day, volunteer-run biannual clinic was a woman named Eva.
National Children’s Dental Health Month kicks off Feb. 1
Local dental societies this February can participate in National Children’s Dental Health Month by planning any number of activities, from offering dental health screenings and giving school presentations to organizing coloring or essay contests and sponsoring a display at the local library. Suggested activities and ideas to assist with publicity efforts are available in the downloadable 2018 NCDHM Program Planning Guide available on the ADA’s website.
Stakes high for California without renewed CHIP funding
Despite broad bipartisan support, Congress neglected to take action to extend Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) funding before it expired Sept. 30. The consequences of Congress’ delay are creating stressful uncertainty for states and families across the country. Sixteen states, including California, will run out of funding for the CHIP program by the end of January. CDA is calling on its members to help protect coverage for children and hard-fought improvements in the Denti-Cal program.
Protect dental coverage for millions: Urge your representatives to extend CHIP funding
California’s CHIP funding will run out next month and the state will be confronted with a huge budget gap for CHIP children’s Medi-Cal coverage, potentially as much as $1 billion dollars or more. CDA is calling on dentists to act now to protect dental and health care coverage for millions of children and pregnant women in California. Contact your senators and representative in Congress to urge them to take swift action to extend CHIP funding.
November Journal spotlights dental student research
The November 2017 Journal of the California Dental Association showcases the research projects of several California dental school students and their mentors.
Dentists can help spread the word about National Brush Day
As homes and businesses begin to fill with candy to dole out on Halloween, The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign is gearing up for National Brush Day, which falls on Nov. 1. National Brush Day aims to create awareness about the importance of children’s oral health and encourages good habits by making sure kids brush their teeth for two minutes, twice a day.
CDA-sponsored bill to improve quality of oral health data becomes law
In response to goals identified in the draft California State Oral Health Plan, CDA this year co-sponsored Senate Bill 379, co-authored by Toni Atkins. The bill makes statutory updates that will facilitate the efficient collection of oral health data at schools. SB 379 also enables schools to facilitate screenings by streamlining the consent process for on-site oral health assessments.
CDA Cares provides $1.25 million in care, marks 12th successful event
The Oct. 6-7 CDA Cares event in Bakersfield marked the CDA Foundation’s 12th successful volunteer dental clinic — providing more than $1.25 million in care to 1,506 people over two days at the Kern County Fairgrounds. In addition to providing oral health care services at no charge to those in need, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for a well-functioning Denti-Cal program.
View stories, photos at CDA Cares Social Hub
CDA Cares Bakersfield wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Kern County Fairgrounds, but volunteers and supporters can still catch up on stories shared during the clinic. To view and post photos and stories, visit the CDA Cares Social Hub, a live feed that captures social media posts using the #cdacares hashtag.
Sponsors contribute to CDA Cares Bakersfield
Three key sponsors have stepped up to support the next CDA Cares set for Oct. 6–7 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. Henry Schein Dental and Western Dental are longtime supporters of CDA Cares, contributing $50,000 pledges, a volunteer workforce and equipment and supplies for the events. Patterson Dental also stepped up with a pledge valued at $50,000 to help ensure the Bakersfield clinic is successful.
Dental students can receive up to $120K in tax-free loan repayment
The application cycle for the National Health Service Corps’ 2018 Students to Service Loan Repayment Program is now open. The S2S LRP provides up to $120,000 in tax-free loan repayment to dental and medical students in their final year of school, allowing them to pursue their passion for delivering care while working in rural, tribal and high-need communities throughout the nation.
With high unemployment, Kern County welcomes volunteer dentists
Having retired in April after 49 years in private practice as a general dentist, Robert Reed, DDS, says, “I now have a lot more time to work on CDA Cares!” CDA recently spoke with Reed about his past experience with CDA Cares, preparations for CDA Cares Bakersfield and the high need for this event in Kern County.
$30M annual boost to state oral health program
Five years after CDA developed a proposal to reduce barriers to dental care in California, several of the proposal’s objectives have come to pass. Most notably was the 2015 installation of Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH, as state dental director. And now, thanks in part to the passage of Proposition 56, the state oral health plan that CDA and other stakeholders helped develop over the past year will receive a significant financial boost of $30 million annually.
Cannabis effects on oral health discussed in CDA Journal
The September Journal of the California Dental Association features a range of topics including the effects of cannabis on periodontal oral health, oral lichen planus flares triggered by cow’s milk and pre-eruptive resorption in a patient with DiGeorge syndrome.
August Journal addresses barriers to dental care access
The August Journal of the California Dental Association outlines efforts to set the foundation for two major initiatives supported by CDA — the Dental Transformative Initiative and the Department of Public Health’s State Oral Health Program. Articles discuss the concepts and frameworks of creating a state oral health plan for California; approaches that three local health departments used to address oral health problems in their communities; and more.
Father-daughter duo to volunteer at next CDA Cares
Retired dentist Bob Chiurazzi, DDS, and his daughter Heather Chiurazzi, a first-year dental student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, volunteer side by side at CDA Cares and have missed volunteering just once since CDA Cares held its first event in Modesto in 2012. The pair looks forward to working together again in the oral surgery department at CDA Cares Bakersfield, Oct. 6–7.
Selected local pilot projects to improve children's oral health
Dentists in selected counties have an opportunity to participate in pilot projects that seek to improve the oral health of California children enrolled in Denti-Cal. In February 2017, the Department of Health Care Services announced the 15 selected proposals for Local Dental Pilot Project funding, with awards totaling $150 million over four years.
June CDA Journal ready to download via ePub
The June Journal of the California Dental Association spotlights sports dentistry. Articles include a review of current concepts in concussions on and off the court and playing field, the treatment of dental injuries, Special Smiles Dentistry and the special needs athlete, and sports dentistry’s role in nutrition, prevention and social advocacy.
Action alert: Oppose swipe of dental funds
CDA encourages dentists to share their opposition to Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal for Proposition 56 funds that voters intended to be used for improving access to care. CDA, the California Medical Association and coalition partners are strongly advocating for Proposition 56 funding to be used as voters intended. Dentists may have their voices heard by visiting www.protectmedi-cal.org and submitting a petition to state legislative leaders, who will make final budget decisions very soon.
Student Loan Repayment Grant offers up to $105K
The weight of student loan debt can make a desired career in public or community health difficult to impossible for new dentists. To offset some of this financial burden as well as help new graduates realize their chosen careers, the CDA Foundation awards the Student Loan Repayment Grant annually to a recent dental school graduate. Applications for the 2017 grant are now open.
CDA Journal spotlights antibiotic resistance problems
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.
Dental students become advocates at state Capitol
Two dozen students from California’s six dental schools descended upon the state Capitol over two days in February and March to meet with legislators and discuss issues of pressing importance to the dental profession while gaining insights on the legislative process. These meetings form the backbone of CDA’s Grassroots Advocacy Days and all students arrived with an interest in improving legislative policy as it relates to public health.
Dentists provide $1.6M in donated care
Charitable dental services totaling nearly $1.6 million were provided to 1,973 people at CDA Cares in San Mateo, thanks to more than 2,300 volunteers, including 930 dentists and dental professionals and hundreds of dental students and community members, who donated their time and services to the event held April 22-23.
CDA sponsors bill to improve quality of oral health data
Senate Bill 379 (Atkins, San Diego), co-sponsored by CDA, would amend the law to improve both the quantity and quality of the oral health data collected. The statutory updates in the bill will also facilitate the efficient collection of the data by ensuring it is reported to one entity — the Office of Oral Health within the Department of Public Health.
CDA, CMA proposal honors will of tobacco tax voters
Two weeks before the Proposition 56 tobacco tax went into effect in California, the California Dental Association and California Medical Association teamed up to ensure the additional $2 per pack smokers began paying on April 1 would be used as voters intended the dollars to be used — to increase access to care by boosting the level of payment for health care, services and treatment.
Help raise oral cancer awareness in April
With almost 50,000 people in the U.S. estimated to be diagnosed with oral cancer this year, dentists are urged to take part in Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April to help spread information about the prevention of oral cancer and the need for early detection. The Oral Cancer Foundation and mouthhealthy.org offer tips for dentists who wish to participate in or help promote Oral Cancer Awareness Month.
Sponsors make 'powerful' pledges to CDA Cares
More than 20,000 people to date have benefited from $16.4 million in dental services provided by CDA Cares, thanks to the support of community members like Henry Schein, Western Dental, San Mateo County and TDIC, the key sponsors of the CDA Foundation’s next Cares event set for April 22-23 at the San Mateo Event Center located on the San Francisco Peninsula.
The CDA Foundation reminds readers that applications for the Dental Materials & Supplies Grant and nominations for the Dr. Aurthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award will close Friday, March 31. The Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations that provide dental care to underserved communities. One of the ways the Foundation offers support is through its grants, awards and scholarships.
State awards $150 million to Local Dental Pilot Projects
In February 2017, the Department of Health Care Services announced the 15 selected proposals for Local Dental Pilot Project (LDPP) funding, with awards totaling $150 million over four years. Local Dental Pilot Projects are one of the four domains of the Dental Transformation Initiative and part of California’s 1115 waiver, or Medi-Cal 2020. The DTI represents a huge $740 million investment in the Denti-Cal Program and the oral health of Californians.
New life for Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement
Students’ oral health is receiving a big push in Los Angeles schools. The Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education in January unanimously approved a resolution that seeks to enforce AB 1433, known as the Kindergarten Oral Health Requirement, by recognizing February as Children’s Dental Health Month, among other actions.
Momentum builds for CDA Cares San Mateo
Preparations for the San Mateo event have been in the works for nearly a year, with local organizers busy with behind-the-scenes details such as fundraising and garnering supplies and volunteer meals. Carliza Marcos, DDS, chair of the local arrangements committee, says that in addition to renewed interest among the army of “regulars” who donate time at CDA Cares, there’s a buzz among new volunteers who plan to experience the event for the first time.
New resources for dentists treating young children
First-time resources available to participating Denti-Cal providers resulted in increased access to care for the nearly 6 million California children enrolled in the Medicaid dental program in the first half of 2016. In 2016, the Department of Health Care Services rolled out the 1115 waiver, known as Medi-Cal 2020, which allocated $740 million to the Dental Transformation Initiative.
Applications open for grants and awards
The CDA Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations across the state that provide dental care to underserved communities. The Foundation is currently accepting applications and nominations for: Dental Materials & Supplies Grant; Dr. Arthur A. Dugoni Faculty Award; and CDA Foundation Humanitarian Award.
CDA Cares volunteers sought for San Mateo event
“One of the things that I love about being a dentist is working in a profession filled with compassionate and caring people,” Carliza Marcos, DDS, says. “This spring, we will have a unique opportunity to express our commitment to helping those less fortunate in our community.” Marcos is chair of the San Mateo CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee. CDA Cares will be held April 22-23 in San Mateo.
February is National Children's Dental Health Month
Now in its 76th year, National Children’s Dental Health Month is observed annually in February with an ADA campaign that brings together dentists and other dental professionals, health care providers and educators to “promote the benefits of good oral health to children, their caregivers, teachers and many others.”
CDA urges use of Prop. 56 funding as voters intended
The 2017-18 state budget proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown calls for using tobacco tax-generated funds from Proposition 56 to offset the state’s current obligations to Medi-Cal rather than provide additional funding for provider reimbursement rates. This proposal disregards the will of the voters and the ballot measure’s provisions.
Signups underway for Give Kids A Smile
Join the growing number of dentists participating in Give Kids A Smile, the ADA Foundation’s annual volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children. Resources are available on the ADA Foundation website.
San Jose begins community water fluoridation
After years of advocating for community water fluoridation in the largest U.S. city without it, San Jose residents have finally begun receiving the benefits of fluoride. In December, the Santa Clara Valley Water District began fluoridating its water supply serving eastern portions of Santa Clara County.
E-cigarette use is harmful, says surgeon general
For the first time, a surgeon general's report focuses on e-cigarette use and concludes, "The use of products containing nicotine in any form among youth, including in e-cigarettes, is unsafe." U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy, MD, on Dec. 8 published a report containing a comprehensive review of e-cigarettes as a public health issue. Studies highlighted in the report specifically address the impact of e-cigarettes on American youth and young adults.
Opportunities for dentists serving low-income children
Dentists in California now have an opportunity to participate in the Dental Transformation Initiative to help improve dental health for low-income children enrolled in the Denti-Cal program, while receiving enhanced reimbursement by meeting specific incentive metrics. As part of California's 1115 waiver, known as Medi-Cal 2020, the DTI focuses on high-value care, improved access and utilization of performance measures to drive delivery system reform.
Dental champions wanted to support community health
The California Department of Public Health’s Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Branch is recruiting the next cohort of "champion providers" to help support local health departments’ efforts to improve the health of communities by advancing local policy, systems and environmental change strategies. The department contacted CDA to express the importance of engaging dentists in this endeavor.
Recipients of 2016 CDA Foundation awards announced
Two ways the CDA Foundation gives are through community grants and educational scholarships. Over the years, these awards have enabled thousands of people to receive more than $109 million in care. The CDA Foundation has announced the recipients of four annual awards and educational scholarships.
Covered California embedded children's dental plans released
The 2017 open enrollment period for Covered California, California’s health insurance marketplace for the federal Affordable Care Act, continues through Jan. 31. CDA reported in September on the partial list of participating dental plans for 2017. The complete list of providers, along with the 2017 embedded children’s dental plans, has now been released.
CDA Journal covers orthodontic treatment trends and more
The November Journal of the California Dental Association focuses on a variety of topics including peri-implant soft tissue augmentation, results of a citywide oral hygiene assessment of children and current trends in orthodontic treatment.
Registration open for Give Kids a Smile 2017
Registration is underway for Give Kids A Smile 2017, the ADA’s annual volunteer initiative to provide dental screenings, treatment and education at no charge to underserved children. GKAS program coordinators should sign up by Nov. 7 in order to be eligible to receive free product donations to support their volunteer efforts.
CDA urges yes vote on Proposition 56
In the days leading up to the Nov. 8 General Election, the Yes on 56 campaign to save lives and increase access to health care by increasing the state’s tobacco tax continues to win endorsements, debunk Big Tobacco’s dishonest advertising and encourage supporters to continue their grassroots efforts to ensure Proposition 56 passes at the polls.
Dentists provide $1.8 million in donated care
Dentists and dental team members provided nearly $1.8 million in volunteer oral health care services to 2,066 people Oct. 15-16 at CDA Cares in Stockton. During the two-day event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, they performed 14,178 dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
State launches children's disease management pilot
Beginning in January 2017, dentists in select California counties will have an opportunity to participate in an innovative pilot that seeks to assess and manage caries risk and emphasize the provision of preventive services to Denti-Cal-enrolled children ages 6 and under.
New oral health materials to share with parents
The Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign has partnered again with Scholastic to offer resources for parents to reinforce their children’s good teeth-brushing habits. Dentists can visit or direct parents to Scholastic’s Healthy Teeth webpage for a list of recommended books about brushing along with downloadable bilingual materials.
CDA Journal puts sugar in the spotlight
The October Journal of the California Dental Association is designed to encourage dentists to consider their part in the latest movement to curb nutrition-related chronic disease. Articles discuss, among other topics, how the increase in sugar consumption in the U.S. has led to a new disease, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.
Hospitals see value in supporting oral health
Hospital systems have been critical supporters of CDA Cares since 2013. Every year, due to the lack of effective and adequately funded government safety net programs, thousands of individuals seek treatment for dental pain and infection in hospital emergency rooms, compounding an already strained system.
Prop. 56 campaign blasts Big Tobacco
In the final countdown to the November election, the Yes on Prop. 56 campaign to increase California’s tobacco tax is gathering major endorsements and strongly fighting back against Big Tobacco’s dishonest advertising.
For your holiday reading: September CDA Journal
The September Journal of the California Dental Association provides four clinically relevant articles that highlight selected systemic diseases with oral signs and/or symptoms that oral health care providers may encounter throughout a dental career.
Couples enjoy working side by side at CDA Cares
Among the more than 14,000 volunteers who have generously donated their time and skills to CDA Cares are couples who enjoy working side by side at the events hosted by the CDA Foundation.
Henry Schein Dental steps up big again for CDA Cares
After donating $100,000 in supplies at the last two CDA Cares events, Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein Cares have committed to another large donation.
$3.2 million for children's oral health approved
The 2016-17 budget, totaling $167 billion, was recently signed by Gov. Brown and includes $3.2 million for the restoration of the California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program, a school-based prevention program managed at the local level by local health departments, county superintendents and other contracted entities.
E-cigarette vapors kill cells, UCLA study finds
Youth now use e-cigarettes more than any other tobacco product, giving rise to sharp concerns among parents, health practitioners and public health advocates. However, evaluating the risks of e-cigarette use has been challenging due to the lack of research – at least, until now.
CDA Cares returns to Central Valley
After a successful event in Ventura in April, CDA Cares returns to the Central Valley in October. CDA Cares Stockton will take place Oct. 15-16 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and provide for a population in dire need of oral health care.
The state Assembly has unanimously approved legislation that begins to address administrative problems in the Denti-Cal program recently highlighted in a scathing report by California’s Little Hoover Commission (LHC), an independent state oversight agency.
Lawmakers: Oral health must be priority
Assembly and Senate Republican leaders called on Gov. Jerry Brown to make additional funding for Denti-Cal a priority in this year's state budget. The legislative leaders have put forward a plan to increase funding for Denti-Cal "in a meaningful and responsible way." Specifically, they are pursuing a commitment of an additional $200 million, which will also pull down federal matching funds.
CDA Cares Ventura delivers $1.5 million in care
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,884 people during the April 16-17 event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
It's Oral Cancer Awareness Month
CDA reminds dentists and the public that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and encourages dental practices to spread the word about how to prevent oral cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each year in the United States, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are diagnosed with oral cancer. The two most common pathways by which people develop oral cancer are through tobacco and alcohol use and through exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) — the same virus responsible for the majority of cervical cancers in women.
CDA is urging the state to take immediate steps to improve its Medi-Cal dental program, Denti-Cal, after the release of a highly critical report by the Little Hoover Commission, an independent state oversight agency.
UCSF dental students teach medical students oral health techniques
Dental students at the UCSF School of Dentistry are now teaching medical students about oral health. This interprofessional activity is aimed at aligning the curriculum with the national guidelines set by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration to expand the oral health clinical competency of primary care clinicians.
More children brush 2min2x
The number of English- and Spanish-speaking parents who say their children brush for two minutes, twice a day has increased since the launch of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign in 2012. According to a recent report from the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, there has been a 13 percent increase — from 48 percent in 2012 to 61 percent in 2015.
HRSA funding opportunity announced
The federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is the source of multiple grants that support care to underserved populations and promote innovative and effective health care service delivery.  One of its recently announced funding opportunities, the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Dental Reimbursement Program, has $9.2 million in available funding and anticipates awarding up to 50-60 grants specific to dentistry.
Covered California dental enrollment exceeds 140,000
Enrollment in the family dental benefit plan product offered through Covered California, California’s health benefit marketplace created by the federal Affordable Care Act, now exceeds 144,000 enrollees according to Covered California representatives. Here is what dentists need to know.
How dentists can help manage oral effects of cancer therapies
Oral cancer is a significant global health concern, responsible for more than 600,000 new cases per year worldwide and approximately 42,000 annual incident cases in the U.S. The February issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association includes insightful articles related to oral cancer emerging technologies in early intervention, potential therapies and dental management of cancer survivors.
CAMBRA treatment model expanding internationally
The Caries Management by Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) standard of care is expanding internationally. CAMBRA, which aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing patients' risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup, is garnering interest from oral health professionals in Japan.
Participate in National Brush Day after Halloween
The third annual National Brush Day is set for Nov. 1 — the day after Halloween when sweet and sticky treats still linger in many mouths. The purpose of National Brush Day is to reinforce the importance of children’s oral health and promote good tooth-brushing habits by making sure kids brush for two minutes, twice a day.
Coalition, CDA move forward with tobacco tax initiative
The Save Lives California coalition, which CDA is part of, has filed its final version of a ballot measure for the November 2016 election to raise the state’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack. The coalition had committed to pursuing a ballot measure if the Legislature was unable to pass legislation this summer, and with no legislative action at the end of this year’s session, the coalition is moving ahead with a ballot measure campaign.
CDA urges members to sign tobacco tax petition
CDA and the Save Lives California coalition are encouraging supporters to sign an online petition urging the state Legislature to raise the state's tobacco tax and have launched a statewide digital advertising campaign to mobilize support for the effort.
CDA, anti-tobacco coalition gear up for special session
The Save Lives California coalition that CDA is a member of continues to move forward in its efforts to fight tobacco use during this year’s special legislative session on health care. The special session will resume when the Legislature returns from its summer recess on Aug. 17 and will include consideration of the coalition’s proposal to increase the state’s tobacco tax by $2 per pack, which would provide additional funding for the Medi-Cal program as well as smoking prevention and education programs.
State dental director to tackle oral health challenges
Jayanth V. Kumar, DDS, MPH, will begin serving as California's new state dental director on Aug. 1. Kumar will direct and manage the oral health program in the California Department of Public Health. He recently took time to speak to CDA Update staff about his new role and some of his objectives.
Examining oral cancer detection technologies
There are a variety of ways dentists can enhance an oral cancer screening examination in terms of adding available technology to enhance the oral cancer screening. Attendees of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco will get a firsthand look at how technologies in this area have changed over the last several years and how new technologies can be included in their practices.
CDA joins coalition to offset costs of smoking and save lives
CDA has joined Save Lives California, a coalition of groups seeking to save thousands of lives by raising California’s cigarette tax. “Dentists have long stood as an important line of defense not just for our patients’ oral health, but also their overall health,” said CDA President Walt Weber, DDS.
Strong impact from Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign
The Ad Council recently released updated statistics regarding its Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign and the success of the initiative after nearly three years running. With more than 571,000 website views, 2min2x.org and its plethora of resources continue to reach parents across the U.S.
Volunteer registration open for CDA Cares Fresno
CDA Cares Fresno will be held on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center. Volunteers will help provide oral health care services at no charge to a large number of expected patients who will receive fillings, extractions, cleanings, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care. Dentists and dental professionals are needed in areas throughout the clinic, including restorative, numbing, pediatric, triage and routing.
CDA-supported tobacco tax ballot measure filed
The Save Lives California coalition, of which CDA is a member, filed two ballot measures for the November 2016 ballot that would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack and allocate the estimated $1.5 billion in additional revenue for smoking prevention and smoking-related costs incurred by the state’s Medi-Cal program. One version is for standard cigarettes, and the other would extend the tax to electronic cigarettes if the state follows through with a current proposal to label them as tobacco products.
CDA-supported tobacco tax bills move forward
Two CDA-supported bills that together would increase the tax on cigarettes and allocate the funds for various programs throughout California passed out of their respective committee hearings in the Senate and Assembly. SB 591 by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento), which would increase the tax on cigarettes by $2 per pack, passed the Senate Health Committee and AB 1396 by Rob Bonta (D-Oakland), which would allocate the revenues generated by SB 591, passed out of the Assembly Health Committee.
CDA supports legislative efforts for soda fee
CDA is co-sponsoring a new legislative effort that would enact a statewide fee on sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda. AB 1357, authored by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would establish a 2 cent per ounce health impact fee on sugar-sweetened beverages at the distributor level. More than half of the estimated $3 billion in revenue raised by AB 1357 would be allocated to the Department of Public Health for various purposes and specifically include oral health programs.
Revised optimal fluoride level in drinking water released
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has determined 0.7 milligrams of fluoride per liter of water is the optimal fluoride level in drinking water to prevent tooth decay. This recommendation, released April 27, updates and replaces the previous recommended range (0.7 to 1.2 milligrams per liter) issued in 1962. CDA applauds this decision by HHS.
CDA Cares a temporary fix for broken Denti-Cal program
The length of the lines at each of the seven CDA Cares clinics held throughout the state since 2012 demonstrate how Denti-Cal fails to provide access to care. CDA Cares Sacramento was another prime example as many of the patients had no other choice to relieve the pain they were in other than lining up early in the morning at Cal Expo.
CDA-supported anti-tobacco bills advance
Several CDA-supported bills that would help further the effort to fight tobacco use passed out of their first legislative committee hearings. All forms of tobacco contain high concentrations of cancer-causing agents, and these substances subject users to increased cancer risk not only of the oral cavity, but also the pharynx, larynx and esophagus.
Dentist and RDHAP team up to deliver care
With many adults challenged to access oral health services, some dentists and registered dental hygienists in alternative practice (RDHAPs) team up to try to fill the gap. Two such dental professionals have been working together in Humboldt County for nearly 20 years. Darla Dale, RDHAP, and Wilmer Hechanova, DDS, met in 1996 at a class on hospital-based dentistry.
Spread the word about Oral Cancer Awareness Month
CDA reminds dentists and the public that April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month and encourages dental practices to spread the word about how to prevent oral cancer. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, each year in the United States, more than 21,000 men and 9,000 women are diagnosed with oral cancer. The two most common pathways by which people develop oral cancer are through tobacco and alcohol use and through exposure to the human papillomavirus (HPV) — the same virus responsible for the majority of cervical cancers in women.
Create customized posters for World Oral Health Day
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. This year, participants have the ability to customize their own World Oral Health Day posters to share via Facebook or Twitter with colleagues and friends worldwide.
CDC: Disparities in caries still exist among youth
Disparities in caries continue to persist for some race and ethnic groups in the United States, according to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The report describes U.S. youth dental caries and sealant prevalence by race and Hispanic origin for 2011–2012.
Download Kids' Healthy Mouths materials
The Ad Council’s Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign offers educational materials for dentists to share with children and parents about the importance of brushing for two minutes, twice a day. The online toolkit, which can be found at 2min2x.adcouncil.org, contains oral health fact sheets, posters, videos and graphics that can be easily downloaded for display in offices or posting on social media. The Toothsavers brushing game, a mobile app, is also available for downloading.
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.
Nov. 1 is National Brush Day
The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives are implementing a national oral health campaign on Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, to remind parents and kids about the importance of regular oral hygiene and brushing for two minutes, twice a day. National Brush Day promotes improving the nation’s children’s oral health by supplying parents with simple information on when to start various levels of oral hygiene with their kids.
CDA recommends that kids use mouthguards when playing sports
As the school year begins, with it comes popular fall sports and other outdoor activities. The California Dental Association is urging parents to protect their children’s teeth from sports-related dental injuries with the use of properly fitted mouthguards. Mouthguards are designed to help cushion the mouth, teeth and jaw, preventing significant damage where sports injuries are most prevalent. Different sports involve different levels of risk and potential injury, and while mouthguards are not required equipment in some sports, wearing one is an important precaution for athletes of any age and ability.
Become an oral health coach with CAMBRA
CAMBRA, which stands for Caries Management by Risk Assessment, is a research-based, systematic approach to integrate caries risk assessment as a centerpiece of the dental practice. CAMBRA aims to diagnose and prevent caries through the process of assessing a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. When Jean Creasey, DDS, introduced the principles of CAMBRA into her Nevada City practice 13 years ago, she never envisioned the benefits reaped for her patients and the practice she shares with her husband, Craig Creasey, DDS.
With passing of Tony Gwynn, CDA shares oral cancer resources
With the passing of Major League Baseball great Tony Gwynn from mouth cancer, CDA reminds dentists that there are many resources available to help their patients stop using tobacco and smokeless tobacco products. Though Gwynn's mouth cancer was never medically linked to the use of smokeless tobacco, he believed it was related to his cancer diagnosis. Experience shows that an oral cancer lesion, which often grows slowly and may be painless, can easily be overlooked by a patient who has "had this spot forever."
Recognizing the symptoms of latex allergies

In the past decade, there has been a significant increase in the number of health care professionals reporting allergic reactions to latex. Because frequent exposure to latex products can lead to increased sensitivity, health care professionals are at a higher risk of developing an allergy to latex proteins. CDA Endorsed Program PureLife weighs in on the problems, reactions and precautions associated with latex gloves.

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.
Dental chairside health assessments could save millions
A recent ADA study finds that dentists could save the health care system millions of dollars each year by incorporating overall health assessments into chairside screenings. Specifically, the ADA Health Policy Resources Center found that savings could reach $102.6 million each year, simply by conducting screening for diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol in the dental office.
CDA supports recent anti-tobacco efforts by CVS Caremark
CDA applauds the decision by CVS Caremark to discontinue the sale of tobacco products. For decades, CDA and other health organizations have been warning tobacco users of the dangers of these products and urging them to kick the habit. CVS recently announced that it will stop selling cigarettes and all tobacco products at its more than 7,600 stores nationwide by Oct. 1.
CDA highlights how good oral hygiene impacts heart health
February is American Heart Month, and in an effort to increase oral health awareness, the California Dental Association is highlighting the importance of good oral hygiene habits to help keep mouths and hearts healthy. According to the American Academy of Periodontology, several studies have shown periodontal disease to be associated with heart disease.
FDA launches new anti-tobacco campaign for teens
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched a new public awareness campaign around the dangers of tobacco use. The youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” launched Feb. 11 and will run across multiple media platforms, including TV, radio, print and online for at least a year.
FDA says discontinue prescribing high dose of acetaminophen
As a precaution to the risks of liver injury, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says dentists and other health care professionals will need to limit the amount of drugs they are prescribing to patients that include acetaminophen.
Surgeon General updates tobacco, oral health report
The U.S. Surgeon General has updated Dr. Luther Terry’s landmark report on smoking and health. According to the ADA, the 998-page report, titled The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014, updates evidence on the implications for oral health from tobacco use and the “expanding use of multiple products or the replacement of conventional combustible cigarettes with other nicotine delivery systems.”
CAMBRA risk assessments – there’s an app for that
Dentists interested in learning about and implementing Caries Management By Risk Assessments (CAMBRA) into their practices can take advantage of the new app developed by the UCSF School of Dentistry and Firsthand Technology Inc. The MyCAMBRA mobile app, available in the iTunes store, lets dentists perform a CAMBRA risk assessment right on their iPhone or iPad.
Dentists can inspire kids to brush with new 2min2x gaming app
In an effort to motivate parents and caregivers to take action to reduce their children’s risk of oral disease, the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives have released a new, free mobile gaming app called Toothsavers. The goal of the game is to motivate kids to save their own teeth by brushing for two minutes, twice a day.
'National Brush Day' set for Nov. 1
The Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is implementing a national oral health campaign on Nov. 1 to remind parents and kids about the importance of regular oral hygiene and brushing for two minutes, twice a day. “National Brush Day” promotes improving the nation’s children’s oral health by supplying parents with simple information on when to start various levels of oral hygiene with their kids.
Kids’ Healthy Mouths joins with Scholastic for campaign
The Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives and the Ad Council have joined together with Scholastic to launch an educational component of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to educate parents and children about the importance of proper oral care, create and distribute educational oral health-themed materials, and direct educators, community leaders and parents to visit the campaign website, 2min2x.org.
CAMBRA project seeks volunteers for research network
The CDA Foundation and the UCSF School of Dentistry are attempting to alter the way dentists prevent caries through a practice-based clinical trial, and volunteers are needed. The Caries Management By Risk Assessment (CAMBRA) Practice-Based Research Network formalizes the process to assess a patient’s risk for caries by examining various health and lifestyle factors as part of their regular dental checkup. The Foundation and UCSF are looking to expand an already established research network, which focuses on the implementation of CAMBRA.
The ADA has announced the release of the first set of dental performance measures under the Dental Quality Alliance (DQA). The DQA, comprised of multiple stakeholders from across the oral health community, was created to establish a series of oral health care performance measures.
Kids' Healthy Mouths campaign shows success in survey
More parents report regularly monitoring and maintaining their child's oral health, therefore more children are regularly brushing, according to a survey administered by the Ad Council one year after the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign began.
CDA Offers Tips to Avoid Dental Emergencies
Being at the peak of the summer weather, parents and children often take advantage of the warm season by enjoying more recreational sports and outdoor activities, which can increase injury potential for the teeth and mouth. For safe oral health all year long and especially during this season, CDA is offering helpful tips to avoid oral injuries and dental emergencies.
The ADA recently launched a nationwide campaign to combat what it calls “a disturbing dental divide in America.” The Action for Dental Health: Dentists Making a Difference is designed to counter staggering statistics such as these: 181 million Americans didn't visit a dentist in 2010, nearly half of the population over the age of 30 is suffering from some form of gum disease and nearly one in four children under the age of 5 already has cavities.
Kenyan dental delegation visits California
Six leading dental professionals from the Kenya Dental Association recently visited Northern California, including CDA headquarters, as part of a 10-day training program to help develop and promote oral health education activities for a program called Kenya Smiles, aiming to improve the oral health of children in the African country, particularly remote areas. Besides spending time at CDA, the delegation, which included Kenya’s chief dentist and dental school professors, the delegation visited dental schools as well as the State Capitol to be recognized for their work and learn more about advocacy efforts on behalf of children’s oral health.
Surgeon general endorses fluoridation
U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, MD, has officially endorsed community water fluoridation as "one of the most effective choices communities can make to prevent health problems while actually improving the oral health of their citizens."
Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign catches on nationwide
Kids’ Healthy Mouths, the oral health literacy campaign sponsored by the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives, continues to have an impact nationwide. Since launching in August 2012, the campaign has received significant attention in the national media.
Post-recession dental economy measured
An annual health care spending report by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services suggests the dental economy is growing; however, the amount spent by consumers remains flat, according to an ADA analysis.
Sign-ups for Give Kids a Smile under way
February’s National Children’s Dental Health Month and Give Kids a Smile — an annual one-day volunteer initiative to provide free dental screenings, treatment and education to underserved children — are approaching. Registration is under way for the ADA-sponsored event to be held on Feb. 1, 2013.
Kids’ Healthy Mouths off to a strong start
Since the launch of the Kids’ Healthy Mouths campaign in August, preliminary statistics show that the oral health literacy campaign sponsored by the Ad Council and the Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives is off to a good start.
CDA, along with 35 dental organizations formed the  Partnership for Healthy Mouths, Healthy Lives  and collaborated with the nationally recognized Ad Council to produce a three-year advertising campaign, aimed at raising awareness about the value of good oral health for children.
August 2012

Top Stories: Interactive national oral health campaign kicks off in August; CDA Cares clinic set in Sacramento; State to shift all Healthy Families children to Medi-Cal

July 2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares patients thank volunteers; Practice Support Center helps lead during recession; National oral health ad campaign to encourage brushing ‘2min2x’

April 2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares lands ‘premier’ sponsors; Reserved seating new at CDA Presents; CDA helps kick off national oral health campaign

January 2012

Top Stories: Dental director bill introduced; CDA joins national effort on oral health awareness; CDA Cares volunteers scout Oregon’s Mission of Mercy

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