Experts from CDA, TDIC and TDSC on-site at ADA meeting in San Francisco
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.
CDA Journal highlights dental practice safety perspectives, directions
In the second of a two-issue series on dental practice safety and risk management, the September issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association features articles on infection control, X-ray exposure recommendations, medication safety, The Dental Patient Safety Foundation and Kaiser Permanente dental program’s comprehensive approach to quality and safety.
New state law prohibits discrimination based on natural hairstyle
A new state law prohibits discrimination on the basis of hair textures or protective hairstyles that are historically associated with race. Senate Bill 188, also known as the CROWN Act, was signed in July by Gov. Gavin Newsom and will take effect Jan. 1, 2020. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act was amended by the law to include in the definition of race “traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to, hair texture and protective hairstyles.”
An opportunity to volunteer in your own community
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, and additional volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas are needed to make the two-day event a success. Longtime volunteer Gary Glasband, DDS, says CDA Cares is a great opportunity for those with a skill who want to volunteer but who might not have the connections or know where to go.
What’s covered and who pays what: It’s all in the EOB
Congratulations — the dental plan paid the claim! Or did they? Confirmation that your claim has been processed comes in two forms: payment and/or an explanation of benefits. An EOB is sent to the patient and/or dental office as a receipt of services provided. Unfortunately, dental plans do not have standardized formats for these documents, which is why it’s necessary for an office to read the EOB completely.
ADA files complaint with Federal Trade Commission against SmileDirectClub
The American Dental Association has asked the Federal Trade Commission to “investigate false and misleading claims made by SmileDirectClub, LLC to entice consumers to purchase products and services.” The ADA is concerned specifically with SmileDirectClub’s marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of plastic teeth aligners, which it says do not follow the adequate safeguards required by law.
'Life-changing' grants awarded to 38 dentists committed to Medi-Cal
Marc Bernardo, DMD, MPH, and Michelle Galeon, DMD, are among the first recipients of a new grant funded by Proposition 56, a voter-approved tobacco tax that CDA and other health care organizations sponsored in 2016. The grant program awarded $10 million in debt relief to 38 dentists (up to $300,000 each) in exchange for the dentists maintaining a 30% or more Medi-Cal patient caseload for five years.
Support consumer protections for direct-to-consumer orthodontia — contact your legislator
With the emergence of new business models offering various dental services that can be ordered without an in-person clinical examination, such as direct-to-consumer orthodontia, it is imperative that dental treatment, no matter how it is accessed, continues to meet the standard of care. Assembly Bill 1519 will ensure that telehealth advancements continue to grow in a thoughtful way that puts patient safety first and is as effective as in-person treatment.
New safety sharps product available to dentists
A new safety sharps product, the Verena Solutions SimpleCAP, is available to dentists and can be purchased from most major suppliers. Dental practices are required by the Cal/OSHA bloodborne pathogens regulation to regularly evaluate the appropriateness of using safety sharps with the goal of reducing needlesticks and other “sharps” injuries that can cause exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
Visit The Dentists Supply Company at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress
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.
Peer review can help dentists resolve treatment disputes
CDA members are typically unfamiliar with the peer review process unless they have gone through it themselves or have served on a local peer review committee. Even those who are aware of peer review might not know that the program was recently enhanced to include informal mediation. The purpose of the peer review program is to resolve disputes between patients and dentists, focusing on disputes about the quality or appropriateness of dental treatment.
Resources can help practices get ahead of amalgam separator requirement
Most dental facilities that have not installed an amalgam separator to comply with a rule published in June 2017 by the Environmental Protection Agency must install an amalgam separator by July 14, 2020. CDA Practice Support’s resource “Amalgam Separator Requirement — Q&A” was recently updated to reflect recent developments and can assist members with compliance.
CDA Foundation accepting donations for annual silent auction
The CDA Foundation is seeking donations for this year’s annual silent auction at the CDA House of Delegates. Hosted annually in November, the auction gives members a chance to bid on and win great prizes and trips while helping the Foundation make a difference in the lives of others. Donated items can include wine, jewelry, artwork (paintings, pottery, glassware), timeshares, sporting event tickets, gift cards and more. The deadline for receipt of donated items is Sept. 1.
To treat or not to treat? Unvaccinated patients create ethical dilemmas
Dentists have an ethical and legal obligation to do no harm and to protect the health of their patients. But what happens when their patients put others at risk? Such is the dilemma faced by some practice owners who have called The Dentists Insurance Company’s Risk Management Advice Line with questions regarding their obligation to treat unvaccinated patients. At the core of this dilemma is the return of a disease previously believed to have been eliminated: measles.
Dentists collectively save $5M on dental supplies at
In June, The Dentists Supply Company’s online shopping site,, celebrated the second anniversary of its launch to CDA’s full membership Now, there’s a new milestone to celebrate: In July, reached $5 million in combined shopper savings driven by the recent expansion to association members in 47 states.
Dentists' use of Botox requires appropriate dental treatment plan documentation
At the direction of the 2018 CDA House of Delegates, CDA has been working with the Dental Board of California to better understand the scope of practice for general dentists as it relates to the use of cosmetic agents such as Botox and dermal fillers. The house directed CDA to take this action to clear up confusion that arose from the creation of the Elective Facial Cosmetic Surgery permit as it relates to the scope of cosmetic services general dentists may provide.
Former CDA Cares patient now regularly volunteers at clinics - with a big smile
Catherine’s dental phobia was once so severe that dental advertisements or even passing a dental office could trigger a panic attack. Worse, her debilitating phobia kept her from seeing a dentist for over 10 years. Eventually, she developed a life-threatening oral infection and lived with it for over a year and a half. “I was in pain, but I was too scared to receive care,” said Catherine, a resident of Bakersfield, Calif.
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