CDA Cares event provides more than $1.6 million in free care

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CDA Cares event provides more than $1.6 million in free care

A two-day San Jose Dental Clinic was held recently by the California Dental Association Foundation and the California Dental Association. (DTI/Photo California Dental Association)
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Dental Tribune USA

Thu. 30 May 2013


SACRAMENTO, Calif., USA: The California Dental Association Foundation and the California Dental Association hosted a CDA Cares free dental clinic May 18-19 in San Jose, providing more than $1.6 million in charitable dental services to 2,202 people. It was the third clinic held by CDA and CDAF in the past 12 months.

The events are held to provide free dental services and oral health education to Californians who experience barriers to care.

“CDA Cares highlights the tremendous oral health needs of our state,” said Ken Wallis, DDS, chair of CDA Cares San Jose. “To know that we’ve helped more than 2,200 patients in just two days is a rewarding experience, and we know there are many more Californians in need of oral health care services.”

While the final number of procedures provided at CDA Cares is being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,300 tooth extractions were necessary.

“Education and prevention are the foundation of good oral health, and unfortunately many of the extractions we see at these events could be avoided with preventive care,” said CDA President Lindsey Robinson, DDS. “Sadly, we’re seeing the results of the state eliminating virtually all adult Denti-Cal services.”

Nearly 1,600 volunteers donated their time and services at the event, including more than 800 health professionals — dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, nurses and lab technicians — as well as hundreds of community volunteers who assisted with registration, translation, data entry and escorting patients.

“The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection, and to see someone come in to the clinic in pain and literally leave smiling is truly gratifying,” said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation.

During CDA Cares, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 11,000 dental procedures, including cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral health education. Volunteer technicians in the clinic’s dental lab area worked to provide 242 complete and partial dentures.

The California Dental Association Foundation is planning another CDA Cares event in San Diego later this year. Visit for information on CDA Cares and how to register to volunteer.

(Source: California Dental Association)


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