Staffing & Training

Celebrate the contributions of dental team members to increase morale, improve retention

In a competitive hiring market, dental practice owners have all the more reason to show that they value their current employees.

March 4, 2024 |Employment Practices, News Articles, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

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

Dental assistant training programs throughout California address staffing shortages

Local dental societies and dentists have successfully launched dental assistant training programs to provide effective, accelerated training to the labor force in their areas. Some of these utilize CDA’s Dental Assistant Training curriculum. Learn more about these local programs and CDA’s upcoming Smile Crew CA Dental Assistant Training Bootcamp. 

May 18, 2023 |Education and Events, Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, News Articles, Online Learning, Staffing & Training

Haste, pressure and staffing shortages contribute to costly mistakes

Identity or treatment plan mistakes can occur in any dental practice. Research by TDIC’s analysts reveals the most commonly occurring elements are referral slip errors, performance or production pressure and staffing shortages. Prevention requires a proactive approach.

March 9, 2023 |News Articles, Patient Care, Patient Management, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

CDA-sponsored legislation tackles California’s dental workforce shortages

Legislation introduced this month tackles California’s dental assistant workforce shortage on two fronts – both by updating scope of practice and creating new pathways to licensure, including by shortening the current required on-the-job training.

February 16, 2023 |Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Staffing & Training

Hire, Train and Retain Your Practice Team: Live webinar series to help practice owners build successful dental teams

The four-part series explores the crucial stages of finding qualified candidates, successfully integrating new team members into the dental practice and retaining top talent.

January 9, 2023 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, Laws & Regulations, News Articles, Online Learning, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

12-week in-office dental assistant training curriculum now available to CDA members

In-office dental assistant training has arrived for the many CDA members who continue to have challenges finding and hiring qualified dental assistants for their practice. The curriculum provides 12 weeks of supportive online learning for use alongside in-office training.

July 14, 2022 |Education and Events, Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, News Articles, Online Learning, Staffing & Training

CDA state budget advocacy creates opportunities for dental staff training programs

The 2022-23 state budget signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom includes all of CDA’s priority asks, making significant gains for dentistry and oral health with major investments in health care workforce development.

May 26, 2022 |Advocacy, Employment Practices, News Articles, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

Graduate of dental assistant training program a ‘wonderful asset’ to San Francisco dentist’s mature practice

Dental assistant training programs are successfully placing graduates in California dental practices. One recent graduate, Liz Martinez, changed her career as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and is now employed by a dental practice in San Francisco.

May 12, 2022 |Early Career Dentists, News Articles, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

Invest in interviewing to reduce risk of bad hires

Dental staffing shortages may make it tempting to offer a position to the first person who turns in an application, but a measured approach to hiring is recommended. Time and planning invested in your practice’s hiring process will save you money, maintain consistency and reduce risks of bad hires.

May 3, 2022 |Employment Practices, Hiring, Firing & Performance, News Articles, Practice Management, Staffing & Training

Dental workforce shortages and expanding access to care top CDA’s advocacy agenda in 2022

CDA’s legislative and budget advocacy agenda for 2022 is focused on two key areas: addressing dental workforce shortages that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and expanding access to dental care for vulnerable populations. 

March 16, 2022 |Access to Care, Advocacy, Legislation, News Articles, Staffing & Training

CDA’s Smile Crew CA dental assistant training programs expand to additional areas around state

CDA’s pilot dental assisting training programs continue to be successful ― placing most of their participants in open dental positions in California. Now, the training programs, which teach participants the basic skills for a dental assisting career, are coming to two additional regions in the state.

February 10, 2022 |Education and Events, News Articles, Online Learning, Practice Management, Staffing & Training