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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.

Resources on vaccine tracking, patient screening available in new reopening guide for dentists

CDA Practice Support has developed the California State Reopening Guide for Dental Practices to help dentists and dental teams understand their responsibilities to maintain a safe environment and communicate with patients about continued COVID-19 safety precautions in the dental office.

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.

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.

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.

CDA’s new monthly virtual events offer flexible ongoing education opportunities to dental teams

Practice owners and dental team members can now look forward to exploring new education opportunities year-round through CDA’s new virtual event series. The series lets dental teams learn, connect with peers and earn continuing education from any remote location at convenient times that fit their schedules. 

Leadership Corner: CDA President Dr. Judee Tippett-Whyte highlights financial relief options for dental practice owners

Watch Dr. Tippett-Whyte as she discusses financial relief opportunities for practice owners. She's providing details about the PPP second draw loan, CalHealthCares' extended application deadline and a new initiative aimed at securing financial relief from dental plans for dental practices during future emergencies. 

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.

Seeking a dental assistant? Consider transferable skills while recruiting and hiring

With an increasing demand for dental assistants throughout California, CDA is encouraging member dentists to consider transferable skills while recruiting and hiring. Smile Crew CA aims to create a pool of qualified candidates by targeting job seekers who have been displaced from service roles with adaptable skills that would make them a viable dental assistant.  

Smile Crew of California: CDA launches dental assistant career recruitment campaign

The California Dental Association has launched a new recruitment campaign, Smile Crew of California, designed to highlight the careers in dental assisting and create a pool of qualified candidates to help CDA members who are seeking to fill hundreds of dental assistant job openings. 

New Career Center on connects employers and job seekers, builds dentistry employment pipeline

In a strategic effort to aid members in growing their careers and building their practice teams, CDA has launched a robust online career center for both employers and job seekers. While job listings have long been among the most popular sections of CDA’s website, the new platform provides more intuitive search tools along with actionable guidance.

‘It does not cost to be a CDA member; it pays to be a CDA member’

Richard Barnes, DDS, reflects on three ways his membership has impacted his career.

CDA hosts virtual member meeting to answer member questions about returning to practice

CDA held its first Virtual Membership Meeting this week to answer members’ most pressing questions about returning to practice during the COVID-19 pandemic.