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Upcoming continuing education courses

Are you interested in learning about the latest trends and practices in dentistry? Sign up for these upcoming Delta Dental–sponsored continuing education courses!

You can learn new skills while receiving continuing education credits to help you meet your licensure requirements. Even better, as a Delta Dental dentist you’ll get a reduced rate.

What courses will be available?

Here’s a quick look at the courses that will be available. The course list is continuously growing, with new courses coming soon.

DateSchoolCourse titleLocationCredits
Oct 7, 2022University of Pittsburgh | School of Dental MedicineDigital Dentistry: The Engine that Supercharges Practice Growth (PDF)PA6
Oct 14, 2022University of Alabama at Birmingham | School of DentistryIntegrative Dental Medicine: The Next Great Frontier (PDF)AL6
Oct 15, 2022University of California, San Francisco | School of Dentistry2022 Delta Dental Day (PDF)CA7
Oct 29, 2022Nova Southeastern University | College of Dental MedicineUsing Risk Assessment for Treatment Planning In Dentistry (PDF)FL6
Nov 2022Columbia University | College of Dental MedicineManagement of Special Needs Patients and Pediatric Dental TraumaNY6
Nov 4, 2022The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta UniversityGeneral Dentistry & Problem Solving (PDF)GA7

Most courses are planned for in-person sessions. Locations are subject to change.

How can I sign up?

These courses are available to all dental professionals, but as a Delta Dental network dentist, you can enjoy a special discount when you enroll. To sign up for one of the courses, visit the training and events page and visit the registration page or brochure for the course you’re interested in. Seating is limited, so register now and reserve your spot.


Be sure to check the training and events page regularly for the most up-to-date information on course offerings. To stay in the loop, subscribe to FYI for monthly updates in your inbox, attend an upcoming webinar for more info. We’ll also send out targeted emails by state to let you know about the upcoming courses in your area.

Sign up for continuing education courses

If you’re interested in learning about the latest trends and practices in dentistry, sign up for Delta Dental–sponsored continuing education courses this fall. You can learn new skills while receiving continuing education credits to help you meet licensure requirements. And as a Delta Dental dentist, you’ll take advantage of a reduced rate.

Course schedule

Courses begin in October at the following schools:

DateSchoolCourse
title
LocationCredits
10/7/2022University of Pittsburgh School of Dental MedicineDigital Dentistry:
The Engine that Supercharges Practice Growth (PDF)
Pittsburgh, PA6
10/14/2022University of Alabama at Birmingham School of DentistryIntegrative Dental Medicine: The Next Great FrontierBirmingham, AL6
10/15/2022University of California San Francisco School of DentistryPeriodontics and Oral MedicineSan Francisco, CA6
10/28/2022The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta UniversityGeneral Dentistry & Problem SolvingAugusta, GA6
10/29/2022Nova Southeastern University College of Dental MedicineUsing Risk Assessment for Treatment Planning in DentistryFort Lauderdale, FL6

Signing up

To sign up for one of the courses, visit our training and events page and visit the registration page or brochure for the course you’re interested in. Seating is limited, so register now and reserve your spot.

Be sure to check the training and events page regularly for the latest information. These courses will be hosted in person, but if the public health situation worsens, the school may decide to offer the course on a virtual platform.

Coming soon: Continuing education courses for Delta Dental dentists

Staying up to date on new trends and techniques in dentistry is essential for dental professionals. That’s why we’re partnering with dental schools across the country to offer continuing education courses to Delta Dental dentists at a discount.

You’ll earn continuing education credits that can help you meet licensure requirements, improve your clinical skills and provide optimum care for your patients.

What courses will be available?

Here’s a quick look at the courses that will be available this fall. Our course list is continuously growing, with new courses coming soon.

DateSchoolCourse titleStateCredits
10/7/2022University of Pittsburgh School of Dental MedicineDigital Dentistry: The Engine that Supercharges Practice GrowthPA6
10/14/2022University of Alabama at Birmingham School of DentistryIntegrative Dental Medicine: The Next Great FrontierAL6
10/15/2022University of California San Francisco School of DentistryPeriodontics and Oral MedicineCA6
10/28/2022The Dental College of Georgia at Augusta UniversityGeneral Dentistry & Problem SolvingGA6
10/29/2022Nova Southeastern University College of Dental MedicineUsing Risk Assessment for Treatment Planning in DentistryFL6
Nov. 2022Columbia University, College of Dental MedicineManagement of Special Needs Patients and Pediatric Dental TraumaNY6

While most courses are planned for in-person sessions, this is subject to change depending on the public health situation, and virtual offerings may also be available.

Who’s eligible to sign up?

These courses are available to all dental professionals, but as a Delta Dental network dentist, you can enjoy a special discount when you enroll.

How can I sign up?

Registration will be available through the hosting school. Enrollment isn’t yet open, but details will be coming soon.

To stay in the loop, subscribe to FYI for monthly updates in your inbox, attend an upcoming webinar for more info and bookmark the training and events page, where flyers with more details will be posted over the next few weeks. We’ll also send out targeted emails by state to let you know about the upcoming courses in your area.

Medicare Advantage DHMO updates for 2022

It’s a new year, and that means there’s a new crop of partners joining Medicare Advantage. If you’re part of Delta Dental’s Medicare Advantage DHMO network, members of these groups with a Delta Dental Medicare Advantage DHMO plan can choose your practice as their primary care facility. If you don’t currently participate in this network, we still encourage you to review the following information.

Here’s a quick look at the new Medicare Advantage DHMO partners for 2022.

  • Bright Health covers approximately 7,500 members in Arizona, Illinois, Florida and New York.
  • Brand New Day has over 50,000 members throughout the state of California, from Placer and Sacramento counties in the north all the way down to San Diego and Imperial counties.
  • InterValley Health Plan serves about 17,000 members in the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, with members in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
  • Western Health Advantage covers about 2,300 members in California’s wine country, including Marin, Napa, Sacramento, Solano, Sonoma and Yolo counties.

Additionally, the following Medicare Advantage partnerships are continuing in 2022. Some partners are making changes that may affect the coverage available to your patients. For partners who are updating their benefits, be sure to use Provider Tools to see details!

  • Central Health Medicare Plan in California has expanded to San Mateo County and enhanced their benefits for all divisions.
  • WellCare in California’s Orange and San Diego coverage is continuing DHMO coverage for its members.
  • SCAN Health Plan is expanding to San Mateo and Alameda counties in California.
  • Kaiser California Medicare is adding a new diagnostic and preventive benefit in California counties.
  • Kaiser Georgia Medicare is enhancing benefits and expanding to Newton, Rockdale, Spalding, Walton, Barrow and Butts counties in Georgia.
  • Stanford Healthcare Advantage in California is updating its website but making no changes to its DHMO offering at this time.

Nearly a million members nationwide have access to a Medicare Advantage plan through Delta Dental, and every day for the next decade, about 10,000 Americans will turn 65. By 2030, approximately 18% of the nation’s population will be 65 or older. Joining the Medicare Advantage DHMO network represents an incredible opportunity to expand your business by serving this growing market!

By joining the Medicare Advantage DHMO network, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Your practice will be listed in our Medicare Advantage network directory.
  • You’ll retain patients who are joining a Medicare Advantage plan. Their DHMO plans require that they visit Medicare Advantage network dentists.
  • You’ll grow your business with new Medicare Advantage patients looking for an in-network dentist.

Interested? To apply for participation in the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage DHMO network, please email medadv@delta.org. We’ll send you an application and contract.

Medicare Advantage PPO updates for 2022

It’s a new year, and that means there’s a new crop of partners joining Medicare Advantage. If you’re part of Delta Dental’s Medicare Advantage PPO network, you can see the members of these groups. And if you haven’t opted in, consider this: every year for the next decade, about 10,000 Americans will turn 65. By 2030, approximately 18% of the nation’s population will be 65 or older. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to expand your business by serving this growing market!

Here’s a quick look at the groups joining us for the first time and updating their plans this year.

  • Alignment Health Plan is a new group with approximately 2,500 members in northern and southern California. Members who choose expanded dental coverage can access the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage PPO network.
  • Aspire Health Plan is backed by Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula and Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, bringing coverage to Monterey County in California. Beginning in 2022, certain diagnostic and preventive care benefits will be covered at 100%.
  • CDPHP Medicare serves the Capital Region in New York. In 2022, CDPHP will be expanding to St. Lawrence, Lewis and Jefferson counties.
  • CHRISTUS Health Plan offers Medicare Advantage dental coverage in the state of Texas and select areas of New Mexico.
  • Essence Healthcare serves members in the San Francisco Bay Area. Essence Healthcare was previously known as Stanford Healthcare Advantage.
  • Health Choice Utah offers coverage in all counties throughout the state of Utah.
  • Some Molina Healthcare states are moving outside of our network. In 2022, Delta Dental will be partnered with Molina Healthcare in California, Florida, Michigan, Texas and Wisconsin.
  • Select Health Advantage is available in Nevada in Clark and Nye counties.

Nearly a million members nationwide have access to a Medicare Advantage plan through Delta Dental. By joining the Medicare Advantage PPO network, you’ll enjoy the following benefits:

  • Your practice will be listed in our Medicare Advantage network directory
  • You’ll retain patients who are joining a Medicare Advantage plan. Their fee-for-service plans require that they visit Medicare Advantage network dentists.
  • You’ll grow your business with new Medicare Advantage patients looking for an in-network dentist.

Interested? To apply for participation in the Delta Dental Medicare Advantage PPO network, please email medadv@delta.org. We’ll send you an application and contract.

Dentist spotlight: Dr. Marta Nieto

Dr. Marta Nieto knows a thing or two about having a passion for dentistry. Born in Cuba, Dr. Nieto came to the United States in 1988, where she obtained her license in 1992 from the University of Florida. She established her own practice, Marta Nieto Dental Spa, in Miami in 2012.

Dr. Nieto says that what drives her every day is a love of perfection and a passion for helping people. Delta Dental caught up with Dr. Nieto during a busy day at her office to discuss what originally inspired her to become a dentist, the ins and outs of practicing in Miami and what she sees ahead for the future of the field.

How and when did you decide to become a dentist?

My whole life I wanted to do surgery. My only game as I grew up was to play surgeon or doctor. I pretended that I did everything in the hospital. If I played with other children, I had them be the mother and father of the baby. I think I just love to help people. I also love beauty and cosmetics.

It was originally my dream to do facial reconstruction. When I started to study to become a dentist, I wanted to have a specialty in maxillofacial surgery for people with congenital malformations.

I graduated in Cuba in 1986 with honors because I was the best student in my class in my year. I came to the USA in 1988, when my son was three years old. In 1992, I got my Florida license.

I wanted to bring my family — my parents, my grandmother — from Cuba, and I had to work very hard. For me, it was very difficult to get a specialty. But I still do cosmetic procedures. I love beauty. When I finish my work, the patient is so happy, because they feel much younger, they feel healthier.

Why did you decide to open your practice in Miami? What are some of the challenges and rewards of practicing there?

I decided to put my practice in Miami because when I arrived from Cuba, my only family in the U.S. was my brother. He lived in Miami. This was why I got established here in Miami. It was for the language, too. My language is Spanish, and half or more of the community here speaks Spanish. It’s easier for me to find patients.

Many years ago, I thought about moving to another place, maybe a more typical American city, but I’m a very family-oriented person. I had my grandmother, my mother, my father, all my family with me, and my son in school, so I didn’t move. Now, I feel happy here in Miami, because my patients are very happy with my work. I love to work with the Spanish community.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, would you have any advice for young Latina women who want to study a career in dentistry?

You need passion to study dentistry. It’s very hard work. Many people think dentists earn money very easily, but it’s not true. Our career is very stressful. It can cause pain in your back, in your body. You need to love it.

In my opinion, in the university, many people study this career only for money. I’m frustrated when I try to contact new graduates to work in my office, and I don’t know if they have the love they need for the profession. They see the profession as just a way to make money.

Don’t misunderstand me: It’s OK to want to earn money, but you have to care about the health of people. My recommendation is: It’s a beautiful career, but if you don’t love it, don’t do it.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love to travel! I love Europe. I love hiking, and I love the beach, the mountains, the rivers — everything to do with nature.

What do you think are the biggest challenges to the practice of dentistry? What do you think is ahead in the future of the field?

I think dentistry is at a revolutionary stage. There are a lot of new procedures and materials arriving to the practice. Years before, dentistry was a career just to do fillings and things like that. But now, dentistry is a much wider career. There’s so much new technology — I think dentistry has a very big future.

If I had to study dentistry again, I’d do it for sure. I have a dream that one day it will be possible to create new teeth with modal cells, with no need for an implant. Maybe I will see it, but maybe another generation will come to do it.


Congratulations to Dr. Nieto on being our Dental Health Partner of the Month! Learn more about Marta Nieto Dental Spa.

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