Dentists Gather in Anaheim for CDA Presents

Richard Gawel


Southern California is lovely in May, and the California Dental Association (CDA) will gather for CDA Presents, May 12 to May 14, at the Anaheim Convention Center. With 575 companies, more than 130 speakers, and 135,000 square feet to roam, dental professionals will have plenty of opportunities to develop skills, discover innovation, and connect with colleagues.

Each year, CDA representatives scout other dental meetings to recruit the top speakers in the profession. This year’s notables include Tara Aghaloo, DDS, MD, PhD, exploring bone and soft tissue regeneration; Paul Glassman, DDS, MBA, explaining teledentistry; and David Wong, DMD, DMSc, discussing salivary diagnostics.

Also, many Dentistry Today authors will be speaking live. Patti DiGangi, RDH, will delve into detection of caries infections before cavitation. Parag Kachalia, DDS, will discuss “Imaging 2.0.” Brian LeSage, DDS, has planned both lectures and workshops on composite restorations. Samuel Low, DDS, MS, MEd, will speak on clinical and management topics at multiple sessions.

Dentistry Today’s longtime Leaders in Continuing Education will be presenting as well. Joseph Massad, DDS, will cover implant and edentulous patients as well as application of the neutral zone in removable and implant prosthodontics in separate lectures. And, Daniel Ward, DDS, will explore anterior restorations and posterior restorations in a pair of individual lectures.

Busy attendees who don’t have time for full morning or afternoon lectures can check out the free hour-long sessions at the Spot. Topics will include “Office Budget 101,” “Secrets to Case Acceptance,” “Cybersecurity and Dentistry,” “Managing Patient Conflicts,” and more. Check the event schedule for speakers and times.

Plus, California dentists know that they have to complete 2.0 continuing education units on infection control and 2.0 units on the California Dental Practice Act each renewal cycle by law for license and permit renewal. CDA Presents will offer sessions on both topics each day, providing plenty of opportunities to stay up to date.

But all work and no play makes for a dull conference. If you want to learn how to pair food and vino, connoisseurs will present a sextet of pairings at the WineFUNdamentals Seminar on Thursday, May 12 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall D Restaurant. Participants can even vote for their favorite and take home a cheat sheet. Admission is $30.

And if you’re bringing the family, get out of the hall with discounted tickets to Disneyland. Packages for one to 4 days are available, and tickets are valid from Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 20. Tickets are available at and through 9 p.m. Pacific time on Wednesday, May 11.

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