Announcements

  • Important Links for Our OCDS Members

    In an effort to provide you with all the data regarding COVID-19 in Orange County, as well as the tools you need to start to reopen your practice, we are providing links that we believe will be beneficial. We will strive to send updated links every few days, as you decide to move forward with non-emergency dental procedures, which is dependent on local Orange County data, and as CDA updates their site.

  • An Update for Our OCDS Members

    We wanted to reach out to you today to let you know that OCDS is hearing the voices of our members and we understand your frustration and your desire to reopen your offices. At this point in time, CDA does not have a recommended date to reopen and the Orange County Department of Health is waiting to hear more information from the Governor on how to proceed.

    According to the CDPH guidance, six significant considerations must be met prior to reopening general, routine care. They are:

    • COVID-19 infection rates and impacts on health facilities
    • Adequate supply of PPE
    • Availability of testing with prompt results should be present for health care delivery situations
    • Local public health officers within counties will play a key role in determining return-to-routine-care orders
    • Availability of qualified staff
    • Facilities will need COVID-19 infection control plans


    CDPH has set an expectation that it will update the current guidance on the provision of non-urgent dental services:

    • Previously canceled or postponed patients
    • Preventive services
    • Dental procedures
    • Routine dental services


    The California Department of Public Health released a statement regarding Resuming California’s Deferred and Preventive Health Care. You can also view this update that was sent out by CDA.

    In regards to PPE, OCDS does not currently have access to any PPE’s. TDSC is working on securing supplies, however, many leads are counterfeit and the Federal Government has now intervened to obtain most of the supplies from manufacturers domestic and abroad. As always, we will update our members once we have updates. 

    As some states move to reopen, the ADA’s Advisory Task Force for Dental Practice Recovery has developed this free toolkit with interim guidance which recommends measures to take to help protect patients, staff and dentists from COVID-19 as dental practices re-engage in providing the full range of oral health care. Please use this link to receive your toolkit.

    As always, if you need immediate assistance, please email our Executive Director, Megan Francis, at director@ocds.org.

    Thank you,
    The Orange County Dental Society Board of Directors

  • OCDS Office Temporarily Closed

    The OCDS office is temporarily closed and staff is working remotely. The best way to contact staff is through email. 

    • If you have questions regarding membership, please email membership@ocds.org.
    • If you have questions regarding continuing education, please email ce@ocds.org.
    • If you would like to file a complaint against a member dentist, please email pr@ocds.org.
    • If you would like information about advertising or exhibiting, please email advertising@ocds.org.
    • If you are looking for employment or are a member trying to access our employment database, please email employment@ocds.org.
    • If you need immediate assistance, please email director@ocds.org.

    Thank you for your understanding.
  • CDA Presents Anaheim canceled in accordance with public health guidance on coronavirus

    Due to the increasing concerns and latest public health guidance related to the new coronavirus, CDA today made the difficult decision to cancel its continuing education convention, CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, which was scheduled to take place May 14-16 in Anaheim. CDA’s dentist-led Board approved the decision.

    The health and safety of the dental community is always CDA’s highest priority. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last Sunday recommended that gatherings of 50 people or more not be held in the U.S. for eight weeks to help slow the spread of the virus, which originated last December in Wuhan, China. California public health experts have also strongly urged the cancellation of large gatherings and strengthened social-distancing efforts in recent days following Gov. Gavin Newsom’s state of emergency declaration early this month. All of this guidance together informed CDA’s decision.

    What registrants can expect next

    • All registration fees will be automatically refunded within 60 days. No action or request is needed from the registrant.
    • CDA is offering online and audio learning options at no cost to help dentists and their dental teams participate in C.E. The TDIC Risk Management seminar is also available online with fees waived.
    • CDA will continue to prepare for the next convention in San Francisco this fall, with plans to expand programming.

    What exhibitors can expect next
    Exhibitors have a few choices for how they’d like booth fees to be refunded or credited:

    • Request to have all booth fees refunded by CDA within 60 days;
    • Apply Anaheim 2020 booth fees to a San Francisco 2020 booth with any overpayment refunded or credited to the next convention; or
    • Apply Anaheim 2020 booth fees to an Anaheim 2021 booth.

    Exhibitors can facilitate a refund or credit by emailing exhibitorinfo@cda.org and should allow 60 days to process refunds. If CDA does not receive a request for a refund within 60 days, CDA will automatically issue a refund.

    Hotel rooms cancellations
    CDA will cancel all hotel rooms for attendees who booked within the CDA room block. If a registrant booked within the CDA room block, the registrant will not need to take any action to cancel the hotel room. CDA will cancel those rooms for the duration of the full reservation. If a registrant did not book within the CDA room block, the registrant will need to contact the hotel directly to cancel the reservation subject to the cancellation policy provided when the reservation was confirmed.

    Options for continuing education

    • C.E. options are available now through CDA’s online learning platform at cda.org/brightbox. Members can access courses by logging in to their cda.org account. Each dental staff member needs an individual account login to enroll.
    • Courses required by the Dental Board of California are offered to CDA members and their dental teams at no charge for the next 90 days. 
    • Audio recordings from courses offered at the Anaheim 2019 convention will now be available at no charge for CDA members and their teams. To be eligible for course credit, a C.E. summary submission process applies.

    CDA will share additional educational opportunities as they become available.

    California dentists can find the latest information and FAQ on the new coronavirus at cda.org/covid19.

  • Health care personnel facing mask shortage in coronavirus crisis

    As the novel coronavirus reaches more countries and U.S. cities, infecting over 90,000 people, killing at least 3,100 and prompting the governors of Washington, Florida and, most recently, California to declare states of emergency, the general public is scrambling to purchase masks in hopes of protecting themselves from infection ― an effort that health officials say is misguided and could lead to critical shortages for the health care providers who are required to wear them when caring for or transporting patients.

    Many large manufacturers in China, where a majority of face masks are produced, are operating at a fraction of normal capacity and are reportedly restricting exports to protect their supply for the more than 80,000 people infected in that country.

    With medical and dental suppliers racing to keep up with the spike in demand, dentists are reporting that they are running low on masks and are contacting CDA with questions about their options to ensure they can continue to protect themselves and their patients and comply with infection control regulations.

    Mask supply and purchasing

    Online dental supply companies, including The Dentists Supply Company and Henry Schein, have taken measures in recent days to address the growing demand for masks.

    In a notice on its website, TDSC stated that it is closely monitoring all orders that include masks and has implemented some restrictions in response to demand and to “minimize disruption within daily practice operations.” Those restrictions include (1) stopping the sale of masks to dental students, (2) limiting order quantities of masks to 20 boxes per week for existing customers and five boxes per week for new customers, and (3) adding an extra layer of validation to ensure the company is only fulfilling orders for licensed member dentists who are having mask orders shipped to their practice. Given the volatile situation, these restrictions could change as supply warrants.

    Additionally, as some manufacturers have raised their prices on masks, TDSC has passed those increases along to purchasers. TDSC stated it is “working closely with our manufacturer and supplier partners to secure inventory to meet our customers’ needs” and will revert to regular operations as soon as the market allows.

    Henry Schein Dental, in a notice posted on its website, said, “Given this situation and acute market needs, we anticipate disruptions to orders for certain infection products in various markets.” The notice requests that purchasers contact their local Henry Schein consultant for specific inventory quantities.

    In a March 2 news release, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates face masks and other personal protective equipment, announced a joint effort with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to make more respirators available “to meet the needs of the U.S. health care system” noting the “increased demand and supply challenges.” The masks will not be available to the public.

    Also, Gov. Gavin Newsom on March 4 declared a state of emergency in California “to make additional resources available” to help the state prepare for broader spread of COVID-19.

    CDA is working with the CDC and state government to minimize the impact of limited face masks and other PPE for dental practitioners. In the meantime, health care facilities can continue to report any supply disruptions to deviceshortages@fda.hhs.gov.

    Use of disposable and cloth masks, face shields

    Currently, Dental Board of California regulation states that all dental health care personnel “shall wear surgical facemasks in combination with either chin length plastic face shields or protective eyewear whenever there is potential for aerosol spray, splashing or spattering of the following: droplet nuclei, blood, chemical or germicidal agents or OPIM” – other potentially infectious material. The combination of face wear is intended to securely close the gap between the shield and the provider’s jacket or gown.

    The dental board regulation is consistent with the CDC's guidelines on the use of face masks by health care personnel.

    Masks labeled for single use are regulated by the FDA and considered disposable devices and should not be washed or sterilized for the purpose of reusing with patients. Also, cloth masks were shown to be not as effective as regular masks worn by health care workers, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal in 2015.

    In the interest of patient and employee safety, CDA Practice Support recommends that dental practices with a low supply of masks reschedule their patients to a time when they are resupplied with masks.

    Watch for important updates on CDA’s new COVID-19 information and resource page.

  • Fee reduction for 2,200 endodontists, periodontists and oral surgeons across California

    CDA was notified by Delta Dental of California that it will reduce fees for periodontists, endodontists and oral surgeons in its Premier provider network effective July 1, 2020. Delta Dental sent letters to Premier providers on Friday to explain changes to its fee structure, which will affect approximately 2,200 specialists statewide. This change will only reduce contracted fees that are greater than the new maximum amounts allowed. In its notification, Delta Dental cited the need to align its contracted fees for these specialties with those generally accepted as network reimbursement levels in the broader market. These shifts in the dental marketplace are occurring as purchasers become more cost-conscious of dental claims costs and premiums.

    As part of its class-action settlement agreement with CDA, Delta Dental is providing affected Premier providers with 120 days’ advance notice and an individualized illustration of how these reductions potentially affect each dentist’s practice based on the dentist’s prior 12 months’ claims submissions. Dentists with questions about the fee reduction or the impact on their practices are urged to contact Delta Dental at 888.742.4099 or cafisupport@delta.org.

    Additionally, CDA Practice Support developed an FAQ with a checklist to assist members with enhancing their understanding of the potential effects of this change to their practices. Members with questions may reach the CDA Contact Center at 800-232-7645 and request to speak with a Practice Support analyst.

  • Coronavirus and patient screening: Recommended actions for dentists

    Dentists are advised to continue to screen all patients for recent travel to any locations confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have confirmed cases of COVID-19, also known as the new coronavirus, which first appeared in December 2019 in Wuhan, China. Any travel completed between December and now is considered recent travel. As part of the screening, dentists should also verify when the patient returned to the United States. Dentists can check the list daily until health officials report that screening is no longer necessary.

    If the patient reports that at least two weeks have passed since their return from one of the CDC-reported countries and no symptoms have presented, the dental office can proceed with the appointment. Dentists should also advise patients who are experiencing acute respiratory illness, including symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, to remain home and reschedule appointments.

    At the time of this writing, 50 countries spanning every continent but Antarctica had confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, a significant increase since CDA last reported on the virus. In California, there were 33 confirmed cases. Of newer concern is the first reported case of unknown origin in the U.S., meaning the infected patient, a resident of Solano County, had not recently traveled to a country where the new coronavirus has been confirmed and had no known contact with anyone who’d recently traveled to an affected country. The patient was transferred to a hospital in Sacramento County and is now being treated.

    Reviewing office policies, practicing good hand hygiene

    Interim CDC guidance for businesses and employers recommends that employers now encourage employees who report symptoms of acute respiratory illness to stay home and not return to work until they are free of symptoms for at least 24 hours. However, employers should consult with legal counsel before requiring an employee who recently traveled to China or through any region where there has been an outbreak of the virus to stay home from work to ensure the employer is not violating the Americans with Disabilities Act or any local, state or federal antidiscrimination laws.

    The CDC’s interim guidance also covers the importance of ensuring that “sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance” and provides recommendations on practicing good hand hygiene in the workplace. Health officials know COVID-19 is transmitted through close contact with an infected individual. Individuals can prevent the spread of viruses by practicing good hand hygiene (hand washing, hand sanitizer use), avoiding touching the face with unwashed hands, avoiding close contact with sick individuals and staying away from other individuals while sick.

    Dentists should review their office policies and discuss with their employees any current or needed efforts to prevent the spread of the virus.

    For FAQ and other information about sick leave laws, visit the CDA Practice Support resource library.

    CDA will inform members of any developments or new recommendations for providers in the online newsroom.

  • CDA Cares Long Beach

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    CDA Cares allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other health professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to an average of 1,950 people at each two-day event. Put your compassion into action at CDA Cares Long Beach.

  • Grant opportunity for members in January

    Starting Jan. 13, eligible California dentists, dental students, physicians and medical residents can apply for up to $300,000 in student loan repayment or a practice support grant through the Proposition 56 Medi-Cal Physicians and Dentists Loan Repayment Program, known as CalHealthCares. In return, award recipients are required to make a strong commitment to serving Medi-Cal members by maintaining a patient caseload of at least 30% Medi-Cal beneficiaries. Additional requirements apply.

    Eligible individuals should apply Jan. 13 through Feb. 7, 2020. Interested applicants can read the eligibility requirements and watch informational webinars by visiting the CalHealthCares website.

  • Important Changes to Licensure Requirements for Dentists Beginning January 1, 2020

    Important Changes to the Dental Board’s Acceptance of the WREB Examination:

    Assembly Bill (AB) 1519 (Low, Chapter 865, Statutes of 2019) revised licensure eligibility requirements for dentists qualifying through an examination beginning January 1, 2020. Beginning January 1, 2020, Business and Professions Code Section 1630 requires examinations of applicants to practice dentistry in California to assess competencies in the areas of diagnosis, treatment planning, and restorative, endodontic, periodontic, and prosthetic dentistry.

    Applications for licensure eligibility through the WREB examination must meet all legal requirements in place at the time the application decision is made, not when the application is filed.

    Candidates who take the WREB examination on or after January 1, 2020 will be required to take and pass all competencies listed in Business and Professions Code Section 1630, regardless of whether the candidate submitted an application for licensure eligibility to the Board on or before December 31, 2019.

    Applications for candidates who take the WREB examination on or before December 31, 2019 and who have not completed all sections required by Business and Professions Code Section 1630 effective January 1, 2020, must meet all requirements to have the application deemed approved on or before December 31, 2019. Applications received on or before December 31, 2019 deemed deficient and those deficiencies are not cleared and the application approved by 5 p.m. on December 31, 2019, will be required to meet all licensure requirements in effect beginning January 1, 2020.

    Additionally, effective January 1, 2020, the WREB examination must be successfully completed within five (5) years prior to the date of application for licensure eligibility.

    Important Changes to the Board’s Licensure by Residency Pathway:

    Assembly Bill (AB) 1519 (Low, Chapter 865, Statutes of 2019) revised licensure eligibility requirements for dentists qualifying through Licensure by Residency beginning January 1, 2020. Specifically, the certification of clinical residency program completion approved by the Board will be required to be within two (2) years prior to the date of the resident’s application for licensure under this pathway. Additionally, completion of the program will be required to be within two (2) years prior to the date of application for a license through this pathway.

    Important Changes to the Board’s Approval of Foreign Dental Schools:

    Assembly Bill (AB) 1519 (Low, Chapter 865, Statutes of 2019) revised requirements for the Board’s approval of foreign dental schools beginning January 1, 2020.

    Beginning January 1, 2020, the Board will not accept new applications for schools seeking approval as a foreign dental school and will instead require the applicant school to successfully complete the international consultative and accreditation process with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or a comparable accrediting body approved by the Board. An application for foreign dental school approval must be deemed a complete application pursuant to the rules promulgated by the Board prior to January 1, 2020 in order to be accepted.

    Current Board-approved foreign dental schools required to submit a renewal application after January 1, 2020, are not required to submit that application and are deemed approved until January 1, 2024, subject to the continued compliance of the school.

    By January 1, 2024, in order to remain an approved foreign dental school in California, all schools previously approved by the Board must complete the international consultative and accreditation process with the Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association or a comparable accrediting body approved by the Board.

    Graduates of a foreign dental school whose programs were approved at the time of graduation are eligible for licensure.

    Acceptance of the ADEX Examination:

    On November 15, 2019, the Dental Board of California (Board) voted to accept the ADEX Examination for the purpose of establishing eligibility for dental licensure in California. Candidates who initiate and successfully pass the ADEX examination on or after November 15, 2019 may use those results to apply for licensure in California. Examination results received prior to November 15, 2019 will not be accepted by the Board; this includes results of any component of the examination that was initiated prior to November 15, 2019.

    Please be advised, beginning January 1, 2020, the Board requires an examination of applicants to practice dentistry in California to include assessing competency in the areas of diagnosis, treatment planning, and restorative, endodontic, periodontic, and prosthetic dentistry.

    Prior to acceptance of applications for this new pathway to licensure, the Board must update its licensing system and develop application forms. The Board anticipates acceptance of applications beginning in Spring 2020. Please check the Board’s web site periodically for updates.

  • The Art of Dental Finance with Art Wiederman Podcast

    This episode of The Art of Dental Finance includes a lot of great information about the overall dental profession, as well as oral surgery. Art spends the hour with Dr. Edward Balasanian, Orange County Oral Surgeon and President of the Orange County Dental Society.

    Ed is very involved in the California Dental Association and gives great insight into the challenges dentists face today, as well as what organized dentistry is doing to help its membership. Ed also talks about new trends in oral surgery, how oral surgeons bring value to their referrals, how they are helping patients manage pain and avoid addiction to opioids, and updates on implant surgery and sleep procedures. Be sure to listen in if you’d like to learn how to better manage and grow your dental practice.

  • Renew Your Membership Today!

    Get your OCDS, CDA and ADA membership set for 2020. Pay your dues and sign up for autopay by December 31 to receive a $10 Starbucks® gift card from CDA.*

    If you are already on autopay, your membership will automatically renew for 2020.

    * Limit one per person while supplies last. Terms and conditions apply. See full terms and conditions at cda.org/autopay.