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SmileDirectClub abruptly closing global operations, abandoning customers mid-treatment

In the aftermath of SmileDirectClub’s abrupt closure in early December, dentists may experience an uptick in patients needing orthodontic treatment. CDA has created FAQ to help members manage anticipated questions and concerns from past SmileDirectClub customers. 

December 14, 2023 |Dental Practice & Licensing, News Articles, Patient Care

CDA Foundation awards first community clinic student rotation grants to Dugoni School of Dentistry

The CDA Foundation has awarded the first Community-Based Clinical Education grant to the University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry to expand oral health care at three community health centers in California while providing dental students with new clinical opportunities.

December 13, 2023 |Access to Care, Advocacy, CDA Foundation, News Articles

California law requires use of lead or lead-equivalent aprons during dental X-rays

Recommendations to discontinue patient shielding are increasing, but, for now, dentists must continue to follow California regulation that requires patients be draped with a protective lead or lead-equivalent apron during dental radiography.

December 7, 2023 |Environment & Radiation, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

A commitment to the underserved distinguishes Maria Augello, RDH, 2023 Webb Family Grant recipient

A commitment to rural and underserved populations guides the educational and career goals of the CDA Foundation’s 2023 Webb Family Grant recipient, Maria Augello.

December 6, 2023 |CDA Foundation, Early Career Dentists, News Articles

Case report on the oral manifestations of Kabuki syndrome featured in CDA Journal collection

A case study on the oral manifestations of Kabuki syndrome in a 9-year-old patient is just one of the articles that dentists will find in latest CDA Journal collection. Dentists can also earn C.E. credits by reading an article and completing a quiz.

December 5, 2023 |Education and Events, News Articles, Patient Care

Herman Ostrow dental student shares a memorable first experience assisting in oral surgery

Each month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California’s seven dental schools. Get to know Nora Papazyan of Herman Ostrow Dental School's class of 2024.

December 1, 2023 |News Articles, Students

All employees get five days California Paid Sick Leave starting in 2024

Employees in California will be allowed to take five days of paid sick leave — up from the current three — beginning Jan. 1, 2024, under legislation signed into law in October. The law applies to employers of every size. Salary, hourly, full-time, part-time and temporary employees are eligible for the leave.

November 29, 2023 |Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Office Policies & Manuals

Recapping dental plan reform legislation: Here are 10 laws sponsored by CDA

Two CDA-sponsored bills signed into law this year are the latest legislative outcomes to benefit California dentists and their patients, but these successful reform efforts follow several successful bills sponsored by CDA in recent years as part of a multi-year, multi-pronged strategy.

November 16, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

Saving teeth for life with endodontics: CDA Journal collection explores the preservation of teeth

This issue highlights the important role technology plays in the changing field of endodontics. Patients of all ages can benefit from their dental providers having the knowledge and techniques that improve the effectiveness of saving teeth for life. 
 

November 15, 2023 |News Articles, Patient Care

California’s minimum wage increases to $16 for all employers in January 2024

California’s minimum wage will rise again Jan. 1, 2024 – to $16 per hour for employers of every size as a result of inflation. But wages in more than 30 California counties are already higher and most of them will rise again in either January or July.
 

November 7, 2023 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

Medical and Dental Health Histories Play a Crucial Role in Reducing Risk

Obtaining and regularly updating medical and dental health histories for every patient is a cornerstone of ethical and responsible dental care. Risk management experts have identified six ways that maintaining accurate health histories protects your patients and practice.

November 7, 2023 |News Articles, Patient Management, Practice Management

How two dental plan reform bills became law in California through innovative CDA advocacy

CDA launched and managed a digital advertising campaign and website, Fix Our Dental Insurance, and built a large coalition in support of two CDA-sponsored dental plan reform bills that the governor signed into law in October. 

November 6, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, News Articles
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