View stories, photos at CDA Cares Social Hub

CDA Cares Bakersfield wrapped up Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Kern County Fairgrounds, but volunteers and supporters can still catch up on stories shared during the clinic. To view and post photos and stories, visit the CDA Cares Social Hub, a live feed that captures social media posts using the #cdacares hashtag.

The hub pulls CDA Cares-related social activity into one central location to make it easy for volunteers to share their experiences and for supporters to follow along. Volunteers are invited to participate by sharing stories and photos on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook with #cdacares. 

Volunteer dentists, health professionals and community members are donating their time and skills to provide fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education to approximately 2,000 people during the two-day clinic. CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for a state Denti-Cal program that works. The program is chronically underfunded and leaves many, including the working poor, without access to care.

With the help of thousands of volunteers, CDA Cares has provided $18 million in care to 22,000 people since the first event in 2012.

Visit the CDA Cares Social Hub at cdafoundation.org/socialhub. For more information about the event, go to cdafoundation.org/bakersfield.

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Three key sponsors have stepped up to support the next CDA Cares set for Oct. 6–7 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield. Henry Schein Dental and Western Dental are longtime supporters of CDA Cares, contributing $50,000 pledges, a volunteer workforce and equipment and supplies for the events. Patterson Dental also stepped up with a pledge valued at $50,000 to help ensure the Bakersfield clinic is successful.

Dentistry is not the first career for Debra Peterson, DMD. She enjoyed a long career in the nursery and landscaping industries before her volunteer stints in dentistry — first for CDA Presents and then CDA Cares — inspired her to put down the landscaping tools, at least part-time, and take up new some shiny new instruments.

Having retired in April after 49 years in private practice as a general dentist, Robert Reed, DDS, says, “I now have a lot more time to work on CDA Cares!” CDA recently spoke with Reed about his past experience with CDA Cares, preparations for CDA Cares Bakersfield and the high need for this event in Kern County.