The Dentists Supply Company (TDSC)

CDA launched The Dentists Supply Company to support its members’ efforts to reduce overhead, gain control and stay competitive. Through tdsc.com, dental practices of every size are achieving significant savings on products ranging from adhesives to X-ray materials.

The Dentists Supply Company issues statement regarding initial ruling in FTC case against dental suppliers accused of conspiracy
10/16/2019
An administrative law judge has partially ruled in favor of the Federal Trade Commission’s complaint that dental products distributors conspired not to provide discounts to buying groups. According to the FTC, the judge’s initial decision has held that two of three respondents named in the complaint violated U.S. antitrust laws by conspiring to refuse to provide discounts to, or otherwise serve, buying groups representing dental practitioners.
Online convenience + responsive service = stress-free supply shopping
10/09/2019
In addition to controlling their overhead costs, practices of every size are streamlining and saving time by shopping tdsc.com. Consistent supply pricing, 24/7 online convenience and responsive customer service have helped make the purchasing process quick and stress-free. In shopping tdsc.com for his New York-based practice, Payam Goudarzi, DDS, discovered better pricing on almost all items compared to what he had been paying competitors.
Stress-free price comparisons that lead to supply savings
09/23/2019
Want to save on supplies and small equipment, but don’t have the time to comparison shop? The Dentists Supply Company will do the work for you. Through TDSC’s free service, association members can submit invoices from their current suppliers and let experts find the savings potential on their behalf.
Experts from CDA, TDIC and TDSC on-site at ADA meeting in San Francisco
08/29/2019
CDA may not be hosting a continuing education convention this fall, but dentists and dental professionals who are attending the ADA FDI World Dental Congress Sept. 5-7 in San Francisco can still stop by the CDA, TDSC and TDIC booths to ask friendly experts all of their questions, learn how to save on dental supplies, obtain free, no-obligation insurance quotes and much more.
Visit The Dentists Supply Company at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress
08/14/2019
If you’re attending the ADA’s annual meeting in September, be sure to come see The Dentists Supply Company. Visit booth 1945 of the exhibit hall to connect with TDSC experts, learn how to save big on supplies and play to win prizes.
Dentists collectively save $5M on dental supplies at tdsc.com
08/06/2019
In June, The Dentists Supply Company’s online shopping site, tdsc.com, celebrated the second anniversary of its launch to CDA’s full membership Now, there’s a new milestone to celebrate: In July, tdsc.com reached $5 million in combined shopper savings driven by the recent expansion to association members in 47 states.
Members' supply savings adding up through tdsc.com
07/17/2019
The Dentists Supply Company is now available in 47 states, offering consistent and competitive supply pricing to more than 100,000 members of organized dentistry. More shoppers means more savings for practices of every size. And association members are enthusiastically sharing how consistent supply pricing, 24/7 online shopping convenience and authorized product sourcing have made tdsc.com one of their favorite ways to shop.
Savings potential at tdsc.com: Four practices' price comparisons
07/05/2019
With The Dentists Supply Company’s expansion this year, members of organized dentistry nationwide are enjoying the benefits of collective buying power. Through tdsc.com, shoppers continue to see 20% average savings compared to MSRP* on dental supplies and small equipment. The online savings are often even greater when compared to the prices shoppers have been paying other suppliers.
Cheers to CDA members on the 2nd anniversary of TDSC's launch
06/25/2019
CDA made a bold move when it launched The Dentists Supply Company in 2017. CDA established TDSC as a subsidiary solely focused on helping association members reduce overhead, gain control and stay competitive in a dynamic marketplace. As TDSC celebrates the second anniversary of the site’s launch to CDA’s full membership, see how the company continues to grow and reach new milestones.
Cost, convenience and confidence drive tdsc.com shoppers
06/11/2019
The Dentists Supply Company has now launched in 47 states, offering consistent and competitive supply pricing to tens of thousands of members of organized dentistry. More shoppers means more savings for practices of every size. And member dentists are enthusiastically sharing how low costs, online convenience and confidence in product quality are making tdsc.com their favorite way to shop.
The Dentists Supply Company expands to deliver savings nationwide
05/29/2019
Members of organized dentistry in 47 states can now save significantly on dental supply purchases through The Dentists Supply Company. The national presence for TDSC follows three phased rollouts that started in late 2018 and marks the latest move to extend tdsc.com savings to all 50 states by the end of the year. “This is an exciting time for organized dentistry and dentists served by associations that are looking after their members’ best interests,” said Walt Weber, DDS, TDSC board chair.
Comparing consistency in supply pricing: Three tdsc.com case studies
05/09/2019
By shopping tdsc.com, dentists continue to see 20% average savings through tdsc.com compared to the manufacturers’ suggested retail price*. However, the TDSC difference is often greater when compared to the actual amounts practices have been paying elsewhere. CDA members are seeing how tdsc.com prices can be lower and more stable than their invoiced prices from other suppliers.
Save some green with eco-friendly supplies
04/11/2019
Can your practice do good while also doing well? Yes it can! Let The Dentists Supply Company help you save big on green products from trusted brands. As a CDA member, you can shop online for eco-friendly supplies at negotiated discounts, plus free shipping, every day. Just look for the orange leaf icon next to select TDSC supplies or visit tdsc.com/ecofriendly to explore.
Dental supply savings at tdsc.com reach members in 13 more states
04/01/2019
On April 1, tripartite members in three additional states gained access to significant dental supply savings through tdsc.com, the shopping site of CDA’s newest subsidiary The Dentists Supply Company. Access and savings will reach another 10 states in May, meaning that over two months tdsc.com will effectively double its footprint with savings reaching approximately 40,000 new association members.
TDSC's authentic products offer savings, secure supply chains and peace of mind
03/15/2019
When members of organized dentistry purchase supplies through The Dentists Supply Company, they can rest assured that the products are authentic and supplied by a trusted, authorized source. In other words, there are no gray-market goods that could risk patient safety. As small-business owners, it’s important for dentists to make informed decisions about the products they purchase for their practices and patient care.
Five ways CDA members benefit from purpose-driven supply shopping
03/04/2019
The Dentists Supply Company continues to grow and offer CDA members unparalleled savings. In fact, shopper savings on dental supplies through tdsc.com have already surpassed $3 million dollars. And the site’s top 10 California shoppers have collectively saved $150,000 so far.* While this membership benefit is helping dentists to see a big difference in supply dollars, it’s not the only reason members are shopping tdsc.com.
Little patients are a big deal
02/18/2019
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.
TDSC Western-states expansion gains media coverage
01/29/2019
The Dentists Supply Company’s announcement of its Western-states expansion in November generated publicity in several national dental publications and a regional business journal. The articles highlighted the expanded supply offerings to nine additional states, allowing association members of organized dentistry to benefit from 20 percent average savings on a broad online catalog of supplies. Interim CEO Jim Wiggett spoke with news publications to give insight on how TDSC is making its mark in the $10 billion dental supply industry. Here’s what Wiggett said about tdsc.com.
Supply savings at tdsc.com: Four practices' price comparisons
01/21/2019
With The Dentists Supply Company’s recent expansion, members of organized dentistry in 10 states are now enjoying collective buying power on dental supplies through tdsc.com. Shoppers continue to see 20 percent average savings compared to MSRP; however, the online savings are often even greater when compared to the prices they’ve been paying other suppliers.
New items to wear and share from tdsc.com
01/08/2019
The Dentists Supply Company continues to expand its online catalog of supplies and small equipment to meet the needs of its growing shopper base. The selection spans everything from adhesives to X-ray materials, plus a few new items designed to bring smiles to the entire practice team. Newly added to tdsc.com is a TDSC Merchandise category that includes fun items to wear and give.
Strong year for TDSC with more dental supply savings to come in 2019
12/04/2018
CDA members racked up $2 million in total savings on dental supplies in 2018 through tdsc.com, the shopping site for CDA’s newest subsidiary, The Dentists Supply Company. The $2 million savings milestone reached in September demonstrates the tremendous member interest in TDSC and doubled the $1 million savings milestone that members reached in May. On the heels of that savings milestone came two major announcements about plans for 2019.
Three CDA members share their tdsc.com supply savings
11/21/2018
What could your practice do with an extra $10,000 each year? For many dental practices, supplies now commonly equate to 6 7 percent of collections. An office with $800,000 in income that spends 6.5 percent on supplies ($52,000) could save $10,400 per year by cutting 20 percent of its supply costs. The online shopping site tdsc.com continues to trend at 20 percent average savings compared to MSRP.
TDSC extends dental supply savings to associations in Western states
11/12/2018
The Dentists Supply Company has announced plans to roll out access to its shopping site, tdsc.com, to tripartite members in nine Western states. The rollout is the first phase of TDSC’s nationwide expansion, which will allow members of organized dentistry to benefit from 20 percent average savings on a broad online catalog of supplies from authorized vendors, plus free shipping.
Savings keep stacking up for tdsc.com shoppers
10/30/2018
Through The Dentists Supply Company, a CDA subsidiary, shoppers continue to see an average savings of more than 20 percent compared to manufacturers’ suggested retail prices. While that level of supply savings has attracted many CDA members to tdsc.com, it’s how the difference is stacking up over time that’s really impressive. Members have already saved more than $2 million dollars on dental supplies through the site, and they’re on track to save a half million more by the end of the year.
Where does MSRP factor in your supply costs?
10/10/2018
When considering a purchase, dentists rated “quality” as the most important attribute of dental suppliers. In fact, this attribute was rated the leading factor by 64 percent of dentists in 2017. By 2018, quality was still at 53 percent, but price had grown from 19 percent to 22 percent. The good news is that practices don’t have to sacrifice the supplies they love or the brands they trust to control costs.
Five questions to ask about your supply spend
09/28/2018
In most areas of practice, dentists want their offices to exceed expectations. The friendliest staff. The best treatment outcomes. The happiest patients. However, your practice should endeavor to conform to the norm in at least one area: overhead expense ratios. Managing variable expenses, like dental supplies, means that your practice can keep more of what it earns.
Peer-to-peer recommendations for supply savings
09/14/2018
Have you heard the story about the woodcutter who was so busy chopping down trees that he didn’t take time to sharpen his ax? Perhaps you’ve even become a woodcutter in your own practice. It can be challenging to exit the whirlwind of activity to take the steps that make your practice more effective and efficient. The good news is that there are opportunities to sharpen your ax every day — especially when it comes to cost reduction and inventory control.
Proven methods for fine-tuning supply costs
08/29/2018
With the optimal cost of dental drugs and supplies averaging 6 to 8 percent of collections, focused purchasing can have a significant impact on practice efficiency and net operating income. When seeking to control supply costs, there are four key areas of opportunity: managing inventory, improving purchasing habits, renegotiating pricing and adding suppliers.
Join the TDSC excitement at CDA Presents
08/16/2018
CDA’s newest subsidiary, The Dentists Supply Company, is coming to CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. At the Member Benefits Center inside the convention’s exhibit hall, attendees will be able to experience tdsc.com, a site designed to deliver members savings and free shipping on dental supplies. The TDSC team will also be on-site with exciting promotions and giveaways exclusive to the San Francisco convention.
Unbranded: The case for alternate dental supplies
08/01/2018
In your life outside the practice, you’re constantly confronted with the choice between name brands and alternate brands. Whether you’d consider that “other” carton generic, private label, house brand or alternate, the difference may be more in your perception than in the product. How much does your perception of quality and value factor into your purchasing decisions? And what steps can you take to determine the best selections, both for your home and dental office?
Communicate clear processes for inventory management
07/19/2018
When it comes to inventory management, in addition to assigning accountable individuals to specific roles, be sure that documented expectations are included in your onboarding and training processes. As you organize your inventory system, here are three efficiencies to consider.
Choose the right people for inventory management
07/05/2018
Many practices rely on a single point person for inventory control, and the role tends to default to a dental assistant. However, inventory is not a task but rather a system — one that needs the right point person for some processes and the whole team for others. As with most processes, practice leadership must establish, document and assign specific roles and responsibilities. Here are four inventory management roles and guidance for filling them.
An easy approach for comparing supply prices
06/20/2018
Searching for better prices can seem like a daunting process, even with the convenience of 24/7 shopping sites in place of brick-and-mortar stores or paper catalogs. How can you efficiently evaluate your ordering and find ways to save? Ask an expert to do it for you. CDA’s newest subsidiary, TDSC, an online source for dental supplies, has a team that will research and compare prices for members through a no-cost, no-obligation service.
TDSC earns widespread media coverage
06/11/2018
TDSC, an e-commerce site that offers discounts on dental supplies for association members in California, is helping to shake up the $10 billion dental equipment market by offering dentists a higher level of control over their supplies. The site, which hit a $1 million milestone in shopper savings in May, is garnering media attention from national dental publications and regional business journals. Read what the media is saying about tdsc.com.
TDSC.com dental supply case studies: Three CDA members' orders
05/29/2018
Through tdsc.com, a website designed to deliver group purchasing discounts on dental supplies to CDA members, shoppers are seeing 20 percent average savings compared to manufacturers’ suggested retail prices.
Shoppers and savings are quickly adding up for tdsc.com
05/15/2018
The shared strength of organized dentistry supports members in almost every aspect of their professional lives: a louder voice in government, exceptional insurance coverage due to a broad premium base and exciting conventions with hundreds of educational opportunities to serve thousands of attendees. Now, the newest benefit of membership is delivering direct benefits. The TDSC Marketplace, an online source for dental supplies, shares savings that leverage collective buying power.
TDSC Marketplace on target for $1 million in savings by CDA Presents
04/26/2018
When CDA’s subsidiary The Dentists Service Company launched the TDSC Marketplace last year, it was with a bold mission: to deliver practice-changing savings on dental supplies to CDA members. Learn more about this new member benefit at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in Anaheim May 17–19. Stop by CDA’s Member Benefits Center in booth 1102 of the convention exhibit hall, where the Marketplace team will showcase the site and help attendees “test drive” features.
Strategic shopping for high-dollar supplies
04/17/2018
When balancing your practice’s dental supply budget, it can seem like there’s never a good time to allocate dollars to upgrade, enhance or add to your equipment. Relatively small equipment can come with a significant price tag. So how do you discern when to purchase higher-dollar items and how to get the most value?
Focus on finding savings for your most-used supplies
04/03/2018
Also known as “the law of the vital few,” the Pareto principle is often expressed as 80 percent of effects coming from 20 percent of causes. You’ve likely observed this phenomenon in your own practice — whether it’s a large percentage of revenue coming from a relatively small number of procedures or a high percentage of new patients coming in from one of your many marketing efforts. However, one of the areas in which the Pareto principle is most evident is in your dental supply budget.
Improve purchasing decisions by evaluating invoices
03/20/2018
Your purchasing decisions make a significant impact on both your bottom line and how your office team allocates its time. In fact, the details revealed in just a single order can help you understand true costs, control overhead and streamline operations. The TDSC Marketplace is a new source for dental supply savings for CDA members. Here, an actual order from a current Marketplace shopper is broken down to highlight strengths and opportunities for further efficiencies.
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.
Leading the dental practice team through change
02/06/2018
While you may not suffer from metathesiophobia, the persistent and unwarranted fear of change, you might still get palpitations when leaving your “comfort zone.” Change can sometimes create feelings of anxiety and insecurity in even the most seasoned dentists and harmonious practice teams. See how proven change management principles can be applied within a dental practice.
How do TDSC Marketplace dental supply selection and savings stack up?
01/23/2018
Through the TDSC Marketplace, a benefit of CDA membership, shoppers are seeing an average savings of more than 20 percent compared to manufacturers’ suggested retail prices. While the savings have attracted many CDA members, some still have questions about changing their supply sources. The TDSC Marketplace team took a thorough look at a practice based in Rocklin, Calif., to see how product selection and real-world savings stacked up.
TDSC offers dentists more control over their businesses
01/09/2018
With a growing diversity in practice models, including an increase in dentists working as employees or contractors and a decrease in practice ownership, there is no denying that the business challenges for dentists across the nation continue to grow as well. Feeling the combined impacts of dental benefit pressures, growing market competition and the rapid expansion of large group practices, CDA members voiced a need for more control.
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.
Enjoy streamlined dental supplies shopping through the TDSC Marketplace
12/21/2017
The Dentists Service Company’s newly developed online shopping site provides an easy-to-use shopping experience while leveraging the buying power of CDA’s 27,000 members to offer significant savings. In addition to free shipping and an average savings of 20 percent, Marketplace shoppers can enjoy a number of features, including subscription ordering and saved lists, that make purchasing efficient.
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).*
Top talent: How to attract it and retain it
12/06/2017
Unemployment rates are historically low and candidates have more employment choices than ever. Even if your practice is fully staffed, it’s not uncommon for the best employees to be enticed to leave by competitors. In my work with TDSC member-clients, I strongly recommend building a talent pipeline to help win the quest for talent.
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.
Practice management: Why is it so complicated?
11/07/2017
When I started practicing dentistry in 1979, our office took out a small ad on the back of the Pennysaver. No special offer or promotion, just a few lines about how we provided great dental care. That bit of newsprint drove 65 new patients a month to our Orange, California, office. Of course, that tactic couldn’t yield the same results today. So, what’s changed?
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.
Grow your patient base in a competitive market
10/11/2017
The rise in the number of dental school graduates equates to more dentists in both group and solo practices in your local area. And that means more choices for consumers, who are becoming even more discerning and have the digital tools to do so. How, then, does a practice grow and retain its patient base when the competition is fierce?
TDIC alerts CDA members about copyright infringement risk
09/20/2017
The Dentists Insurance Company has received and is currently working to resolve several claims against its policyholders related to the unauthorized use of proprietary software code on the policyholders’ dental practice websites. The claimant asserts the policyholders have committed copyright infringement by using, without permission, copyright-protected software that provides real-time online chat capability.
Effective case presentation and acceptance in the dental practice
09/12/2017
In today’s dental market, patients have more choices than ever before. High expectations and an influx of information means competition is fierce, leading to a marked shift in how practice owners attract and retain patients. Long gone are the days when patients chose their dentist based on static provider directories, word-of-mouth or the Yellow Pages. Today, consumers are highly connected and able to research online reviews, ratings and guides prior to making a dental or health care choice.
Free lectures cover HIPAA compliance, patient dismissal
08/07/2017
Something is always happening at The Spot Educational Theater at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry. In addition to offering convention attendees a place to sit and rest their feet, charge their phones and catch up on activity at the Social Hub, The Spot hosts free one-hour lectures every hour on the hour beginning at 9 a.m., with the last lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at noon Saturday.
Maximize operational efficiency by managing overhead expenses
07/31/2017
Managing overhead expenses might not be a skill dentists learn about in dental school, but it is a necessity for running a successful practice. Practice owners don’t always realize just how much their overhead costs add up and how high the real cost of doing business can be. A thorough evaluation of overhead efficiency can significantly reduce costs, increase revenue and streamline operations — in practices of every model and size.
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.
Discretionary dentistry: A growing trend for private practice
07/11/2017
Now more than ever, patients are demanding discretionary dental treatments. Where just a few decades ago dentistry was seen primarily as an avenue to better oral health, it is now seen as a way to improve quality of life.
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.
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.
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