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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.

June Student Spotlight

Every month, CDA spotlights a student from one of California's six dental schools. Get to know CDA’s June Student Spotlight, Andy Tawfik from Western University School of Dentistry class of 2022. 

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.

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.

March Student Spotlight

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

February Student Spotlight

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

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. 

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.

October Student Spotlight

CDA's Oct. Student Spotlight, Jacqueline Neumann discusses her adjustment to dental school during in the COVID-19 era, how the pandemic has affected her career aspirations and her favorite dental school moment so far.