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CDA Update

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.

July Student Spotlight

Every month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California's six dental schools. Get to know CDA’s July 2021 Student Spotlight, Jasleen Kaur from UCSF School of Dentistry class of 2021.

COVID-19 advocacy, dental benefit plan contracting featured in CDA Presents courses

CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry virtual convention kicks off May 13 with more than 60 C.E. courses, including exciting courses developed by CDA’s Practice Support and Public Affairs teams. The courses will offer prudent guidance and tips on employment practices, patient communication and dental benefit contracts, and all are designed to strengthen dental teams.

Dental students lobby for dentistry during virtual Grassroots Advocacy Days

CDA’s Grassroots Advocacy Days have resumed, but instead of in-person meetings at the state Capitol in Sacramento, student representatives from California’s six dental schools have been meeting with legislators and legislative staff via Zoom over the last few weeks to lobby for critical issues affecting dentistry.

February Student Spotlight

Get to know CDA’s February Student Spotlight, Purna Patel from UCSF School of Dentistry class of 2021. 

New law extends COVID tax relief to support businesses impacted by COVID-19

Practice owners will have the opportunity to take advantage of the newly extended Employee Retention Credit in 2021. The Taxpayer Certainty and Disaster Tax Relief Act of 2020 modifies and extends the ERC, allowing employers to claim a refundable tax credit against the employer share of Social Security tax.

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. 

The 2021 Gies Awards honors CDA for licensure advocacy achievements

CDA is the proud recipient of the 2021 William J. Gies Award for Achievement by a public or private partner. The Gies Awards honor individuals and organizations that exemplify the highest standards in oral health and dental education, research and leadership.

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.  

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. 

Dental board advocating for RDAEF testing alternatives during pandemic

The Dental Board of California is exploring alternative ways for registered dental assistants in extended functions program to obtain licensure due to delayed examinations at multiple locations for reasons related to COVID-19.

Ask an expert: When is it OK to lower my employees’ pay?

Ideally, the answer to this question is never. However, the reality is that business needs may warrant that difficult decision.