News Articles


‘The weight of regret is in tons’: UCSF dental student shares her motivation for staying disciplined

Each month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California’s seven dental schools. UCSF dental student, Pallak Razdan shares how “the weight of regret” helps her stay disciplined through her most difficult moments.

November 2, 2023 |News Articles, Students

Holiday pay in California: The law and best practices for dentists

With the holiday season’s arrival, CDA’s employment practices analyst is receiving calls from members who have questions about the laws governing holiday pay. Here she’s assembled some tips to guide California dentists based on her conversations with callers.

November 1, 2023 |Employment Practices, Laws & Regulations, News Articles

California dentists have a dozen new employment laws to comply with in 2024

Dentists in California will have new employment-related laws to comply with in 2024, including one that increases California Paid Sick Leave from the current three days to five days and another that prohibits discrimination against employees who use cannabis off the job.

October 26, 2023 |News Articles

Tackling the dental assistant shortage: CDA resources, support and legislative action

The shortage of dental assistants impacts the productivity of the total practice. CDA members benefit from easy-to-implement training programs and staffing support plus legislative advocacy pursued on behalf of California practices.

October 26, 2023 |Advocacy, Education and Events, Legislation, News Articles, Online Learning, Public Health, Staffing & Training

Judge clears CDA to sue Delta Dental on behalf of members

A San Francisco Superior Court judge ruled last month that CDA and individual dentist-plaintiffs could proceed on their claim that Delta Dental breached the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing in adopting the 2023 contractual amendments.

October 19, 2023 |Advocacy, Delta Dental, Dental Benefit Plans, News Articles

CDA Foundation’s vaccination, testing-related accomplishments for dentistry and the public highlighted in report

A report released by the CDA Foundation showcases the work the Foundation accomplished during the pandemic as part of a grant agreement to provide trainings and materials to educate dentists and the public on COVID-19 vaccine administration and efficacy.

October 18, 2023 |Access to Care, CDA Foundation, News Articles, Patient Care

New county vaccination orders include California dental offices

Two California counties have issued new flu and COVID-19 vaccination orders that include dental offices and will take effect Nov. 1. Counties may amend their orders at any time and other counties could issue new orders during flu season. 

October 12, 2023 |Infection Control, News Articles, Regulatory Compliance

CDA supports LGBTQIA+ Oral Health Week with a commitment to inclusive care and shares resources for dentists

To support our community members, CDA is a proud sponsor of the American Institute of Dental Public Health’s LGBTQIA+ Oral Health Week Oct. 16-20. Learn more about LGBTQIA+ oral health disparities and resources to help dentists foster an inclusive practice. 

October 12, 2023 |Access to Care, Advocacy, News Articles, Patient Care, Public Health

California’s Dental Clinic Grant Program is accepting applications

Dentists, dental schools and other eligible providers and entities in California can apply for grants up to $5 million to expand or adapt specialty clinics or to construct new clinics that serve individuals with special health care needs. 

October 11, 2023 |Access to Care, Advocacy, News Articles

Governor signs second CDA-sponsored dental plan reform bill in 2023

In another legislative victory for California dentists and their patients, Gov. Gavin Newsom last night signed the latest CDA-sponsored bill strengthening dental plan coverage requirements and transparency. 

October 9, 2023 |Advocacy, Dental Benefit Plans, Dental Plan Reform, Legislation, News Articles

Herman Ostrow student reveals the benefits of working in dentistry that she hasn’t seen in other career fields

Each month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California's seven dental schools. Herman Ostrow's Adriana Eraso reveals the one benefit of working in dentistry that she hasn't seen in other careers.

October 6, 2023 |News Articles, Students

Dentists can use CDA’s new Practice Health Check to ensure accurate dental plan billing

Every quarter, CDA publishes a Practice Health Check focusing on a different topic related to the business side of dentistry. Dental plan benefits are the focus in the fourth quarter of 2023. CDA members are invited to take the Q4 Practice Health Check evaluating one key question.

October 4, 2023 |Billing, Contracts and Fees, Dental Benefit Plans, News Articles, Practice Management