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CDA members and California’s dental community turn to our association for timely, trusted information about current and developing issues in dentistry. The Update provides resources and guidance on topics affecting dentists, their patients and their profession, including dental benefit plans, regulatory compliance, legislation and advocacy, patient safety and practice management.

The Update is no longer printed and delivered by mail; however, you can explore our archive of issues from the past 12 months of publication. Find the latest dentistry-specific news, resources and guidance online and through our e-newsletters.

Leadership Corner: Dr.Tippett-Whyte describes how a CDA program is helping to fill dental assistant jobs across the state

CDA’s dental assistant recruiting program, Smile Crew of California, has launched its pilot program in the Bay Area with nearly two dozen participants. In this week’s Leadership Corner, Dr. Tippett-Whyte gives us insight on how the program is helping to fill dental assistant job openings across the state and details on what to expect next.

CDA email template, other resources help dentists communicate with patients about continued mask requirements

As California moves forward with reopening the economy and lifting the statewide mask mandate for fully vaccinated individuals on June 15, dental practice owners should be prepared to communicate to patients that face coverings will still be required in the dental office.  

May Student Spotlight

Get to know CDA’s May Student Spotlight, Michael Mears from Western University’s class of 2023.

April Student Spotlight

Get to know CDA’s April Student Spotlight, Viviana Han from Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry, class of 2021.

March Student Spotlight

Get to know CDA’s March Student Spotlight, Lori Foust from Loma Linda School of Dentistry class of 2021.

Leadership Corner: Dr. Tippett-Whyte highlights CDA's new education opportunities for dental teams

Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte is sharing exciting details about CDA’s new series of virtual events and CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, returning this spring.

January Student Spotlight

UCLA School of Dentistry's Alvaro Hernandez Saavedra discusses his first year as a dental student in the United States and the challenges he's faced as he and his classmates adjust to dental school during the pandemic. 

Lessons learned: Dental practice owners reflect on the COVID-19 era

Reflecting on their experiences over the last few months, CDA members Faith Barreyro, DMD, Cynthia Brattesani, DDS, and Zoe Huang, DDS, share what they’ve learned as practice owners who are leading their dental teams through the pandemic.

December Student Spotlight

University of the Pacific, Arthur A. Dugoni's Joshua Goldfaden details how the COVID-19 pandemic has altered his experience as a dental student and his thoughts on how the dental profession will evolve. 

November Student Spotlight

Nov. Student Spotlight, Kylee Homecillo discusses why she chose to pursue dentistry and how the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced her passion for the profession.  

'A master class in disease prevention:' Dental students adapt to clinical care with support from CDA

As dental schools adjust to a new school year in the COVID era, new challenges lie ahead for students who face stricter procedures and increased safety protocols in providing oral care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Weekly survey of dental practices reveals steady recovery efforts during pandemic

Since June, CDA has conducted a weekly poll to gain further insight on the effects of the pandemic on dental teams and their progress over the last four months as they adapt to safely providing care under new protocols. These results highlight the current status of practices since resuming preventive care during the COVID-19 pandemic.