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.
Dental plans send mail to providers for many reasons and it is important to have an office protocol for reviewing this correspondence to protect you from changes that you may later find affect your practice. This article provides one example of a dentist not being aware of an opt-out notice.
CDA Cares volunteer changes young patient’s life
California dentists provide a tremendous amount of pro bono work to those who experience barriers to care. In fact, dentists across the state provide oral health care services worth an estimated $388 million each year ($15,668 per dentist). One such example occurred recently at the CDA Cares San Jose program when a dentist volunteer changed the life of a young girl and her family.
CDA Presents attendees get a full dose of technology
CDA Presents San Francisco attendees got a full dose of dental technology at the Moscone Center, and it wasn’t only on the trade show floor, where more than 375 exhibitors spotlighted the latest in dental products. It also was in the classroom where attendees took advantage of a three-day series of lectures and workshops on technology in dentistry.
The Dental Board of California has released for public comment its proposed regulations that would raise the initial licensure and biennial renewal fees for dentists from $365 to $450, the maximum currently allowable by state law.  The public has until Sept. 23 to provide written comment (or in-person comment at a public testimony-only hearing to be held on that date in Sacramento).
CDA Presents San Francisco puts dentistry on display
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry put the profession on full display within the walls of San Francisco’s Moscone Center. More than 15,000 people attended the Aug.15-17 event that featured more than 100 lectures and workshops and an Exhibit Hall packed with more than 375 companies spotlighting the latest dental products.
Many dental practices, because of their small size, may not be required to provide FMLA benefits to employees. However, risk management analysts at The Dentists Insurance Company advise dentists to address any request for a leave of absence with caution. There may be other laws that do apply to employee leave, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act or workers’ compensation.
With the legislature entering the final month of its 2013 session, CDA was an active participant in negotiations with the governor’s office, the legislature, and a variety of business, legal and consumer stakeholders in an attempt to improve the state’s Proposition 65 warning notice and litigation laws. Prop. 65 requires businesses with 10 or more employees to provide “clear and reasonable warning” if the product or business location may expose employees or consumers to a chemical known to the state to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.
After a series of court decisions upholding the legality of the state’s 10 percent reduction to Medi-Cal provider reimbursement rates, the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) has announced that it will begin implementing the cuts for Denti-Cal providers on Sept. 5. The Department’s announcement states that the prospective rate reduction will be phased in by provider type, beginning with dental and medical transportation and ending with pharmacies, physicians and distinct-part nursing facilities on Jan. 9, 2014.
CDA Presents C.E. certificates available next month
In early September, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry licensed attendees will receive an email containing a link to their online C.E. certificate, which can then be printed. Attendees also can save $100 on course audio recordings.
Tradeshow floor boasts hundreds of innovative products

Dentists who are looking for the latest technology, products and services in dentistry, will find it on the tradeshow floor at CDA Presents in San Francisco. The San Francisco tradeshow features several new products. More than 375 exhibitors will be spotlighting the latest in dental technology at the Moscone Center on Aug. 15-17.

On behalf of its members, the California Dental Association — along with several individual dentist providers — has taken legal action against Delta Dental of California by filing a demand for binding arbitration in response to Delta’s notice dated Aug. 1, informing providers of changes to key provisions in their agreements.
Get ‘social’ at CDA Presents with the Social Hub
Follow all the action at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco this week on the Social Hub. The Hub will display live tweets, photos and videos from the Moscone Center throughout the Aug. 15-17 event. To follow social media activity on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at CDA Presents use the hashtag #cdaSF.
California’s Health Benefit Exchange Board, which is tasked with implementing the federal Affordable Care Act in California, held a special meeting on Aug. 8 to focus primarily on issues surrounding the implementation of the pediatric dental Essential Health Benefit. The board upheld its decision to allow only stand-alone dental plans and ruled that it was too close to the date of open enrollment (Oct. 1, 2013) to allow traditional health plans to submit new bids including the pediatric dental benefit at this time. CDA strongly supported the Exchange’s decision to allow stand-alone dental plans.
Networking key for new dentists starting career
New dentists and dental students should begin networking early and often in their careers to help them not only land a job, but also to build lasting relationships with colleagues who can provide advice throughout their time as dentists. CDA offers several networking opportunities for new dentists, such as the upcoming New Dentist Networking Event on Aug. 17 at CDA Presents San Francisco on Aug. 17. The event will feature several roundtable discussions such as creating a personal brand, gaining networking techniques and marketing yourself as a new associate.
CDA Presents offers latest in Clinic and Technological Advances
CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, the bi-annual convention of CDA, is expecting to draw more than 14,000 dentists, dental professionals and students from across the U.S. The three-day convention next week will feature educational courses and 375 exhibitors demonstrating new techniques and innovative products and services for dentists.
CDA Presents offers programs for dental staff
From lectures on learning how to preserve optimal instrument design while sharpening to communication techniques to create better patient case acceptance — there are a number of learning opportunities for dental staff at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco. Dental staff who attend the show on Aug. 15-17 at the Moscone Center will glean some key takeaways.
CDA Cares lands Benco Dental as major sponsor
For the third time, Benco Dental Company has stepped up to be a Presenting Sponsor for CDA Cares. The CDA Cares program allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals, to provide dental services at no charge to patients who experience barriers to care, and none of which would be possible without the support of companies like Benco.
Foundation to host several events at CDA Presents
The CDA Foundation will have several activities at CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry in San Francisco on Aug. 15-17. From the Friends of the Foundation Reception to the “Wine Wall,” attendees will have many ways to interact with the Foundation.
Inaugural class of WesternU Dental School graduates
The 2013 class of Western University of Health Sciences – College of Dental Medicine graduated on May 15. The commencement ceremony of the inaugural class was a big deal for the newest of six dental schools in California. A lot of blood, sweat and tears went into getting the school off the ground; beginning in a temporary facility, having to develop a brand new curriculum and constantly seeking student and faculty input to help enhance the educational experience.
In an ongoing series, CDA is profiling members who have taken different approaches to how they practice in order to counter changes in the profession such as an overall drop in adults seeking dental care, the decline in the economy and real estate market, increased regulatory compliance, reduced reimbursement rates and more. The fourth article in the series features a dentist who is analyzing how to meet the patient demand of a high-volume PPO practice.
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