CDA Shares Steps to Prepare for Re-Opening and More WLADS News – April 21, 2020


Hello WLADS,

We started this week with positive news from California and the CDA outlining steps to re-open the state and our dental offices. While there is still a ways to go, this information sheds a light on what we can all to do help the process.

Many of us have applied for the PPP and EIDL loans as well as other funding. As a Society, we think it would be helpful to find out how many have applied and who received funding. All of the information is confidential, we are simply looking to find out how the Federal funds have been distributed. Here is a link to a survey where you can answer a few short questions:

While we all have a little extra time on our hands, please consider getting more involved with WLADS. Later in the year, we will hold our annual elections. The current list of officers and committees can be found here. If you would like to learn more about potential openings or are interested in joining the board of directors or a committee, please let us know.

Know that your WLADS board and staff are doing their best to provide you with information via e-blasts and social media posts as well as links to pertinent sites and webinars to help you during this period. If you have questions or need anything, please let us know.

Flatten the curve and just know that we will all get through this together.

David Downs, DDS
WLADS Board President




– Please read the CDA’s communication from Friday that focuses on a return-to-practice roadmap for dentists in post-COVID-19 pandemic

– Online learning center has new classes this week

– CDA call for letters to congress: Congress is currently negotiating a fourth coronavirus relief package, targeted at expanding the assistance to small businesses and health care providers included in the third package, the CARES Act. CDA is asking members to contact their member of Congress and urge them to provide additional funding for Small Business Administration loans (especially the Paycheck Protection Program) so that more small-business owners can receive SBA relief funds.




We extend our thanks to those who participated in the UCLA Health PPE drive last month. In total, 550 masks, 5 goggles/protective eyewear, 21 boxes of gloves, 41 CaviWipe jars and 280 disposable gowns were donated.

The offices/individuals that donated were: David Downs, DDS; Maria Tapia, DDS; Megha Sata, DDS (Care Harbor); Ken Harada, DDS; Nina Lin, DMD; Nina Nattiv, DDS and UCLA ACT Students.



Last week we profiled WLADS member Dr. Glen Tistaert – how his family survived Polio and the Great Depression and created three generations of dentists in Southern California. Our goal is to share more member stories and we want to hear from you. If you are interested, please reply to this e-mail to share your experience with the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on you professionally and personally. 


– Interim Mask and Face Shield Guidelines

– ADA Health Policy Institute COVID-19: Economic Impact on Dental Practices Summary Results


Emergency Dental Service Availability & Supply Donations

– If you haven’t already done so, we kindly ask that you fill out this survey to let us know if you are open and which procedures (if any) you are doing. This information is for WLADS office staff only and will be used as a resource only.

– Los Angeles County created a website for vendors who are interested in providing supplies and PPEs


CDA Practice Support is available at 800.232.7645 but is experiencing a significant increase in calls, so wait times may be longer than usual. CDA can also be contacted via e-mail at CDA Practice Support analysts and TDIC Risk Management analysts continue to field thousands of calls from members who are concerned about their practices, employees and patients’ care.

You can also see WLADS updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as our Web site.

A fellow WLADS member shared information about Kabateck, Brown & Kellner (Los Angeles), a national law firm processing Business Interruption claims from commercial insurance carriers. We have been told that they are highly recommended and representing all businesses. You can review their FAQ here. This is a resource and WLADS has no affiliation with the law firm.

We encourage you to continue to check reliable sources for the latest information:
– CDA’s news page
– ADA’s COVID-19 information page
– CDC Web site
– Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
– California Department of Public Health
– World Health Organization

Center for Disease Control & Prevention – Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response

Los Angeles County COVID-19 Dashboard
– The site includes the latest county information as well as dashboards for Case Count, Emergency Proclamations, Parks and Recreation Closures and School Closures.

Mental Health & Wellness Resources
– California Department of Mental Health
– ADA: COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
– ADA: Mindfulness Techniques to Help You Reduce Stress Videos
– U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Managing Stress and Anxiety



WLADS Upcoming Events – please continue to check our Web site for the latest information on dates and locations.



If you have any questions, please contact WLADS at (310) 349-2199.