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Dental students from Concorde Career Colleges in Garden Grove, Calif., attend the CDA Presents in 2019, the last time there was an in-person meeting. This year, attendees can do all their shopping online. (Photo: Dental Tribune America)

Wed. 12 May 2021


Organizers of CDA Presents The Art and Science of Dentistry, one of the premiere continuing education destinations for dentists and dental professionals across California and the nation, is hoping attendees will join in for an unconventional convention experience.

For the next four days — today through Sunday, May 16 — CDA Presents will transform its normal meeting experience into a virtual one, featuring more than 60 C.E. courses; live Q&A sessions with leading speakers; an interactive exhibit hall featuring exclusive deals and a real-time chat; and social events for dentists and their entire teams.

You can check out the schedule, see a list of speakers and register for the meeting at

Want to attend two classes that are being held at the same time? No need to worry. Many courses will be available on-demand starting Monday, May 18. These courses are included with your CDA Presents registration fee, and you’ll have access to them through June 15.

Of course, with four days full of courses, it can be hard to know where to look first. Topics to be discussed include stress busting with humor, minimally invasive caries management, dentistry’s response to the pandemic, sleep disorder breathing, periodontal disease, looking at your practice from a patient perspective, dealing with medical emergencies in the office, managing esthetic dilemmas, advantages of digital dentistry, infection control, building relationships between dentists and hygientists, and much more.

There are also a group of courses developed by CDA’s Practice Support and Public Affairs teams. These sessions will offer prudent guidance and tips on employment practices, patient communication and dental benefit contracts, and all are designed to strengthen dental teams.

“To Contract or Not to Contract? Working With Dental Benefit Contracts,” presented by Cindy Hartwell, Katie Fornelli and Lisa Greer, will take place at noon (PT) Thursday, May 13. This lecture will examine the pros and cons of contracting with dental benefit plans.

“Ask the Experts: COVID-19 Cal/OSHA and Employment Practices,” presented by Teresa Pichay, CHPC, and Michelle Corbo, PHR, PHRca, being held at 8 a.m. (PT) Friday, May 14, will answer the most frequently asked questions about Cal/OSHA’s emergency regulation and employee leave laws. Practice owners will learn about their obligations for paying the wages of employees who are affected by COVID-19.

Another highlight is “Get Your HR House in Order: Hindsight Is 20/20,” with Michelle Corbo, PHR, PHRca, and Ali Oromchian, Esq., taking place at 8 a.m. (PT) Saturday, May 15. In this course, attendees will learn how to protect themselves from the most common employment and discrimination claims.

Finally, you won’t want to miss “Dentistry’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic in California” with Richard Nagy, DDS, and Jayanth Kumar, DDS, MPH, being held at noon (PT) Thursday, May 13. State Oral Health Director Kumar and Nagy will discuss the status of the pandemic in California and provide an overview of the ongoing advocacy by public health agencies and organized dentistry to support dental practitioners.

Exhibit hall

Just like in an in-person meeting, the virtual exhibit hall at CDA presents is expected to be a can’t-miss opportunity. Attendees will have the chance to shop virtual booths, chat in real time with industry experts and access convention-only deals that have long been a part of the CDA Presents experience. There will also be various prize giveaways going on throughout the event.

Many companies will customize attendees’ shopping experiences to include videos, downloads and weblinks on various products.

The virtual exhibit hall will be open throughout the convention, but there will also be dedicated exhibit hall hours offered outside of the course schedule that will give attendees the opportunity to shop without missing a lecture. These times include 10 a.m. to noon and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on May 13 and 14, and 9:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. on May 15. All times are PT.

Access to the exhibit booths will also be available on demand for 30 days after the convention ends.

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