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.
Dentists, dental professionals: Registration open for CDA Cares Solano
CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, returns March 8-9 to the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif., and volunteers can now register online to provide their oral health care services at the two-day event. General dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab technicians and community volunteers are needed to provide services that include extractions, fillings, cleanings, oral health education and language translation.
New infection control standard for procedures that expose dental pulp
When performing procedures on exposed dental pulp, water or other methods used for irrigation must be “sterile or contain recognized disinfecting or antibacterial properties,” according to a new requirement that all licensed dentists in California must follow beginning Jan. 1, 2019. CDA worked with the state Legislature to ensure the new requirement appropriately addressed the vulnerability that occurs during treatment of exposed dental pulp.
Therapy or comfort dogs may increase infection risk
Hospital patients who spend more time with therapy or comfort dogs may be at increased risk of contracting methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial infection that has become resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat ordinary staph infections, according to an unpublished limited study.
Health care providers exempt from new state privacy law
Amid frequent news from companies reporting breaches of individuals’ personal information, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to create the California Consumer Privacy Act. CCPA aims to give consumers greater control over their personal information by imposing certain obligations on entities covered by the law. CCPA takes effect Jan. 1, 2020. Although dental practices are exempt from this new law, it is important to understand that some of the law’s provisions are similar to those required by HIPAA and the California Confidentiality of Medical Information Act.
Help create smiles: Support Foundation through the holidays
AmazonSmile and Giving Tuesday offer two ways to support the CDA Foundation and its oral health programs this holiday season. As the philanthropic arm of CDA, the Foundation offers financial support to dental professionals and community-based organizations that provide dental care to underserved communities. To support oral health programs, choose “CDA Foundation” as your charity when you shop with AmazonSmile or donate to the Foundation this #GivingTuesday.
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.
Three CDA members share their supply savings
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 continues to trend at 20 percent average savings compared to MSRP.
Quick overview of CDA’s Dental Benefit Plan Handbook
CDA Practice Support recently revised the Dental Benefit Plan Handbook. Much the way that a full breakdown of benefits gives the office and patient a comprehensive look into policy benefits, limitations and exclusions, the Dental Benefit Plan Handbook provides a full breakdown of the dental benefits marketplace for practice owners and their staff. The handbook’s 11 chapters cover industry standards, unique policy differences, laws and ethics.
Managing patients with HIV
There is still a great misunderstanding about the spread of one of the most feared diseases in U.S. history — HIV. Unlike the flu or common cold, there is little, if any, risk of spreading the HIV virus in the dental setting as long as appropriate precautions are taken. In California, patients with HIV are protected under the Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of medical condition, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, among other factors.
Financial assistance available to dentists impacted by California wildfires
The CDA Foundation is accepting applications for the Disaster Relief Grant. The grant assists dentists, dental staff and component staff members with immediate and emergency needs as a direct result of the Camp Fire in Northern California’s Butte County and the Woolsey and Hill fires affecting Ventura and Los Angeles counties. The one-time, single-installment grant provides financial assistance of up to $5,000. Applicants who have lost a home may request additional funds for dependent, immediate family members.
November Student Spotlight
Meet CDA’s November Student Spotlight, Mylea Wilson from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry’s class of 2020.
New and updated mandatory workplace postings from EDD, Cal/OSHA, others
All employers in California must meet workplace-posting obligations, which include printing and posting current mandatory notices where employees can see them. Employers should be aware of two required notices updated and released recently by the Employment Development Department and the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, as well as updated notices on transgender rights in the workplace, protection of safety and health on the job and more.
New Delta Dental rule can affect dentists' fees
CDA Practice Support continues to receive calls from member dentists regarding Delta Dental of California’s recently implemented contractual change under Participating Dentist Rule 2, Basis of Fees. In a letter mailed to participating providers in January, Delta Dental of California shared revisions to its provider participation documents. Specifically, Appendix A – California Participating Dentist Rule 2 — was revised.
TDSC extends dental supply savings to associations in Western states
The Dentists Supply Company has announced plans to roll out access to its shopping site,, 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.
CDT 2019 dental code additions, revisions and deletions announced
Every year, CDA encourages all dentists to prepare for dental code additions, revisions and deletions. The ADA has released the CDT 2019 with 15 additions, five revisions and four deletions that will go into effect Jan. 1. It is recommended that all dental offices have a current copy of the CDT to assist with proper claim billing. Typically, plans will start sending updates about policy changes for the new year during the fourth quarter.
Service animal, comfort animal or pet?
When patients visit the dental practice of David Firestone, DDS, they are often put at ease by Rocky, a 6-year-old Maltipoo. As a regular in Dr. Firestone's practice, Rocky’s job is to greet patients and sometimes sit on welcoming laps during treatment. According to the ADA Center for Professional Success, having a companion animal correlates with improvements in a person's social, mental and physiologic status. But before dentists begin opening their doors to animals, they should keep a few things in mind.
Antibiotic Awareness Week set for Nov. 12-18
U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of the threat of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing. More than 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths due to antibiotic-resistant infections occur in the United States each year; this translates to an estimated 260,000 illnesses and nearly 3,000 deaths in California.
Does the Jan. 1 Medicare deadline apply to you?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this year published a final rule revising the Medicare Advantage program (Part C) and Prescription Drug Benefit program (Part D) regulations. The final rule rescinds a previous CMS rule that required dentists who provide dental care and prescriptions for Medicare Advantage patients and Part D beneficiaries to be enrolled in Medicare or to have opted out in order for their services to be covered.
CDA Cares Modesto delivers dental care to 1,533 people
The CDA Foundation has wrapped up another successful CDA Cares in Modesto. The volunteer clinic provided more than $1.6 million in care to 1,533 people during the Oct. 27-28 event at the Modesto Centre Plaza — the same location as the very first CDA Cares event held in 2012. Nearly 1,800 volunteers donated their time and skills, including hundreds of dentists and dental health professionals who provided fillings, cleanings, extractions, limited dentures and more.
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