Gavin Newsom signs SB 653, Dental hygienists: registered dental hygienist in alternative practice: scope of practice

September 28, 2020
California is experiencing a significant shortage of dental health professionals. Expanding the scope of practice for mid-level dental professionals is crucial to address oral health disparities in communities of color.

New DentaQuest The Link Between Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia And The Mouth

September 24, 2020
THE LINK BETWEEN VENTILATOR-ASSOCIATED PNEUMONIA AND THE MOUTH The intersection of VAP, COVID-19, oral health and equity  A new report from the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement reinforces the connection between oral health and overall health and underscores the breadth of health...

New DentaQuest Why We Must Preserve School-Based Oral Care for Children

By Dr. Myechia Minter-Jordan, president and CEO of the DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement and Catalyst Institute, Inc. on September 17, 2020
This is a school year unlike any other. As children and families prepare to begin months of virtual learning, hundreds of thousands of low-income children are dealing with another hidden consequence of closed schools — no access to dental care.

New AAP interim guidance covers use of PPE in ambulatory settings

By Alyson Sulaski Wyckoff, Associate Editor on August 20, 2020
The Academy has released interim guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by health care personnel, patients and families in ambulatory care settings.

Elmo's Toothy Dance Awareness Campaign

By More LA Smiles on August 20, 2020
We are proud to partner with Sesame Street in Communities to conduct a children’s oral health awareness campaign with the aim of educating children, families and caregivers about the importance of oral health.

CDA and ADA respond to WHO recommendation: Dentistry is essential health care

August 12, 2020
CDA and ADA strongly disagree with the World Health Organization’s Aug. 3 guidance advising that routine non-essential oral health care, including oral health check-ups, dental cleanings and preventive care, be delayed. 

Research to Advance Models of Care for Medicaid-Eligible Populations

By Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on August 06, 2020
2020 Call for Proposals Release Date: August 5, 2020 | Application Deadline: Wed, 2 Sep 2020

Advancing Health Equity Through Telehealth Interventions During COVID-19 and Beyond: Policy Recommendations and Promising State Models

By Lee Taylor-Penn, Emmett Ruff on July 28, 2020
Due to COVID-19, states are making major policy and regulatory changes to expand health systems’ telehealth capabilities to meet the needs of patients and providers. This shift has tremendous potential to help people who have historically lacked access to medical care, including people in rural...

The dental care program at school was something to smile about. Until the pandemic hit

By Ariane Lange on July 13, 2020
Lanessa Pinkney has always struggled to bring her four kids to the dentist. She would have to take time off work, yank her kids out of school, and juggle appointments on multiple days. Pinkney, of Sacramento, wanted them to have the regular oral healthcare they were entitled to on Medi-Cal, but...