CDA Cares

CDA and the CDA Foundation host CDA Cares, a volunteer dental program, that allows dentists and dental professionals to provide oral health care at no charge to approximately 2,000 people at each event.

CDA Cares draws support from new presenting sponsor
09/10/2019
The CDA Foundation is gearing up for its 16th CDA Cares volunteer dental event with new and continued support from community members and key sponsors. The clinic will take place Sept. 27-28 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino, Calif. About 1,950 people are expected to receive oral health care services at no cost, thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Delta Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein, Planmeca, GES, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Supply Company.
An opportunity to volunteer in your own community
08/26/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, and additional volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas are needed to make the two-day event a success. Longtime volunteer Gary Glasband, DDS, says CDA Cares is a great opportunity for those with a skill who want to volunteer but who might not have the connections or know where to go.
Former CDA Cares patient now regularly volunteers at clinics - with a big smile
08/01/2019
Catherine’s dental phobia was once so severe that dental advertisements or even passing a dental office could trigger a panic attack. Worse, her debilitating phobia kept her from seeing a dentist for over 10 years. Eventually, she developed a life-threatening oral infection and lived with it for over a year and a half. “I was in pain, but I was too scared to receive care,” said Catherine, a resident of Bakersfield, Calif.
Volunteer dentist prepares for CDA Cares clinic Sept. 27-28
07/09/2019
As committee chair of the upcoming CDA Cares clinic in San Bernardino, Gerald Middleton, DDS, oversees the recruitment of dental professionals and community volunteers, raises funds and identifies and secures pharmaceuticals and local dental lab equipment. A longtime member of CDA and an active volunteer at several past CDA Cares, Dr. Middleton is familiar with the amount of work and dedication required to ensure each event is a success.
Dentists, dental professionals: Registration open for CDA Cares San Bernardino
05/10/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental program, CDA Cares, is coming to San Bernardino, Calif., Sept. 27-28, and online registration for the clinic is now open. Around 1,950 people who experience barriers to dental care receive no-cost services and oral health education at each CDA Cares. The September clinic will take place at the National Orange Show Events Center.
CDA Cares Solano provides nearly $1.3 million in oral health care
03/12/2019
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided nearly $1.3 million in charitable dental services to 1,491 people at the Solano County Fairgrounds March 8-9. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals performed 8,955 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings. Additionally, the clinic provided patients with oral health education.
Presenting sponsors dedicated to helping underserved
02/21/2019
The 15th CDA Cares is around the corner and several major sponsors have stepped up to make the clinic another success. The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental event is March 8-9 at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, and about 1,950 people will receive oral health care at no cost thanks to the support of generous sponsors including Solano County, Henry Schein, Western Dental, Planmeca and The Dentists Insurance Company.
Appreciative patients share stories of pain relieved, smiles restored
02/01/2019
In just over a month, CDA Cares volunteers will deliver no-cost dental services to an estimated 1,950 individuals who experience barriers to care. Over two days, March 8-9, at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif., dentists, hygienists, lab technicians, dental assistants and other professionals will volunteer their services and time, providing cleanings, extractions, root canals, dentures, triage and oral health education. The Foundation still seeks volunteers in all clinical areas, especially oral surgeons, lab techs and nurses and physicians for medical triage.
'I always leave CDA Cares with renewed pride in my profession'
01/11/2019
Fairfield native James Sanderson, DDS, was made for his role as chair of the CDA Cares Solano Local Arrangements Committee. Not just because he’s a longtime resident of Solano County, with the extensive community connections that are so critical to creating a successful volunteer-run dental clinic, but also because he’s done this before.
Dentists, dental professionals: Registration open for CDA Cares Solano
11/29/2018
CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, returns March 8-9 to the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, Calif., and volunteers can now register online to provide their oral health care services at the two-day event. General dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, dental assistants, lab technicians and community volunteers are needed to provide services that include extractions, fillings, cleanings, oral health education and language translation.
CDA Cares Modesto delivers dental care to 1,533 people
11/01/2018
The CDA Foundation has wrapped up another successful CDA Cares in Modesto. The volunteer clinic provided more than $1.6 million in care to 1,533 people during the Oct. 27-28 event at the Modesto Centre Plaza — the same location as the very first CDA Cares event held in 2012. Nearly 1,800 volunteers donated their time and skills, including hundreds of dentists and dental health professionals who provided fillings, cleanings, extractions, limited dentures and more.
Walk-in volunteers welcome at CDA Cares Modesto Oct. 26-27
10/25/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, will take place Oct. 26-27 at the Modesto Centre Plaza. Dentists (restorative, pediatric and oral surgeons) and dental and medical professionals, including dental assistants, doctors and nurses, as well as community volunteers who can guide patients and assist with language translation, should first read the volunteer FAQ for general information and requirements.
Major sponsors show generous support of CDA Cares
10/19/2018
Thanks to several major sponsors who have made significant donations of equipment and resources, around 2,000 patients will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic coming to Modesto Oct. 26-27. Those sponsors include Henry Schein, GES, Planmeca USA and Western Dental.
Calling dental volunteers for CDA Cares Modesto Oct. 26-27
09/25/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer-run dental clinic, CDA Cares, is fast approaching and the Foundation is still in need of volunteers in clinical and nonclinical areas. Endodontists, medical triage volunteers, oral surgeons and prosthodontists are specifically needed to help make the Oct. 26-27 event at the Modesto Centre Plaza a success.
CDA Cares set to return to Modesto, site of first clinic
09/18/2018
After six years and 13 clinics, CDA Cares, the volunteer-run dental program hosted by the CDA Foundation, is preparing for a return to Modesto, Calif. — site of the inaugural clinic in 2012. And while every CDA Cares can be considered successful in terms of the number of patients served — 1,950 on average — and the number of no-cost dental services provided, longtime volunteers say a lot has changed since the first clinic took shape in the Central Valley city.
Calling dental volunteers: Register today for CDA Cares Modesto
07/10/2018
After six years and 13 clinics, CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental program, returns to Modesto — site of the inaugural clinic in spring 2012. Registration for the Oct. 26-27 clinic at the Modesto Centre Plaza is now open, and the Foundation seeks volunteer dentists, including oral surgeons, periodontists and pedodontists, to help ensure the event meets its goal: to provide dental services at no charge to individuals while educating the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health.
CDA Cares Anaheim clinic delivers dental care to 2,019 people
05/04/2018
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1,537,951 in charitable dental services to 2,019 people during the April 27-28 event at the Anaheim Convention Center. During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 11,858 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
Presenting sponsors line up to support CDA Cares Anaheim
04/11/2018
With new and continued support from community members and key sponsors like Global Experience Specialists, Henry Schein, Planmeca USA, Sota Imaging, Western Dental, The Dentists Insurance Company and The Dentists Service Company, CDA Cares is now gearing up for its 13th volunteer dental event April 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
CDA Cares 'brings the profession closer together as a whole'
03/22/2018
As chair of the Anaheim CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee, John Taylor, DDS, oversees a committee that helps recruit volunteers from the dental profession and general community, raises funds and secures pharmaceuticals and local dental lab equipment before the CDA Foundation’s two-day dental clinic opens its doors April 27 at the Anaheim Convention Center. CDA spoke with Taylor about his past experiences in the clinics, preparations for CDA Cares Anaheim and the regional need for the clinic.
CDA Cares Anaheim is almost here — share why you care in 3 steps
03/01/2018
Thousands of Californians receive no-cost dental treatment at CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s biannual clinic. For some of these individuals, the treatment is life-changing, but the lives of volunteers are also changed by giving others health, hope and happiness. CDA Cares comes to Anaheim April 27–28. If you volunteer for or donate to CDA Cares, you can easily share why you care with our social media toolkit.
Far-flung relatives witness patient's first glimpse of smile at CDA Cares
02/08/2018
In the small, close-knit Tongan community in Hayward and the surrounding region, word spread rapidly about a no-cost dental clinic that would visit nearby San Mateo in spring of 2017. Among those who learned about the CDA Foundation’s two-day, volunteer-run biannual clinic was a woman named Eva.
Ken Sanford Memorial Ride set for scenic Oregon
02/02/2018
A few changes to the program for the Ken Sanford Memorial Ride, an annual motorcycle and bicycle ride that benefits two key CDA Foundation programs, will allow everyone who attends the event to enjoy the sights and activities that appeal to them most. Baker City, Oregon, is the setting for this year’s event, which takes place Sept. 16-18.
Growth brings rewards for two dental student volunteers at CDA Cares
01/18/2018
Between the two of them, Jesica Gonzalez and Walter Fuentes, both third-year dental students, have volunteered at 10 CDA Cares clinics. As the Bakersfield natives have progressed in school — Gonzalez at UCSF School of Dentistry and Fuentes at UCLA School of Dentistry — they and others have seen their capabilities evolve at the CDA Foundation’s biannual two-day clinic, which provides oral health care services at no charge to underserved communities.
'Double' your donations this #GivingTuesday through matching funds
11/28/2017
The CDA Foundation is participating in #GivingTuesday on Nov. 28 with an effort to raise funds for CDA Cares, which provides dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care. Donations made through the CDA Cares Facebook page on this global day of giving can be matched up to $50,000 by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Student Loan Repayment Grant recipient to advocate for underserved
11/22/2017
For Daniel Ramirez, DDS, personally encountering barriers to care in his early years ignited a passion for health care and an appreciation for the importance of diversity within the field. Dr. Ramirez, recipient of the CDA Foundation’s 2017 Student Loan Repayment Grant, grew up with two siblings and a disabled mother whose income was more than 500 percent below the poverty level. But he says he now embraces this adversity.
CDA Cares provides $1.25 million in care, marks 12th successful event
10/12/2017
The Oct. 6-7 CDA Cares event in Bakersfield marked the CDA Foundation’s 12th successful volunteer dental clinic — providing more than $1.25 million in care to 1,506 people over two days at the Kern County Fairgrounds. In addition to providing oral health care services at no charge to those in need, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for a well-functioning Denti-Cal program.
View stories, photos at CDA Cares Social Hub
10/08/2017
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.
Sponsors contribute to CDA Cares Bakersfield
09/21/2017
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.
Volunteer completes dental school to provide services at CDA Cares
09/13/2017
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.
With high unemployment, Kern County welcomes volunteer dentists
09/05/2017
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.
Dentist brings craft and heart to CDA Cares
08/09/2017
Stephen Abbott, DDS, an 11-time CDA Cares volunteer, came to the San Mateo event last April bearing gifts — hand-carved wooden hearts. The Chico-based dentist provided his volunteer dental services in the restoration department, then ended every procedure by presenting each of his patients with the gift of a hand-carved heart and a hand-written note.
Father-daughter duo to volunteer at next CDA Cares
07/20/2017
Retired dentist Bob Chiurazzi, DDS, and his daughter Heather Chiurazzi, a first-year dental student at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Dentistry, volunteer side by side at CDA Cares and have missed volunteering just once since CDA Cares held its first event in Modesto in 2012. The pair looks forward to working together again in the oral surgery department at CDA Cares Bakersfield, Oct. 6–7.
Volunteers, community changed by CDA Cares San Mateo
05/19/2017
As the early morning sun slipped through the fog hovering over San Francisco Bay on April 22, thousands of dental professionals and community members began slipping into the San Mateo Event Center for CDA Cares, the Foundation’s biannual volunteer dental program. Some were there to volunteer their time and expertise, while others lined up at the gate to be escorted inside for dental services offered at no charge.
Dentists provide $1.6M in donated care
04/24/2017
Charitable dental services totaling nearly $1.6 million were provided to 1,973 people at CDA Cares in San Mateo, thanks to more than 2,300 volunteers, including 930 dentists and dental professionals and hundreds of dental students and community members, who donated their time and services to the event held April 22-23.
Sponsors make 'powerful' pledges to CDA Cares
04/03/2017
More than 20,000 people to date have benefited from $16.4 million in dental services provided by CDA Cares, thanks to the support of community members like Henry Schein, Western Dental, San Mateo County and TDIC, the key sponsors of the CDA Foundation’s next Cares event set for April 22-23 at the San Mateo Event Center located on the San Francisco Peninsula.
Momentum builds for CDA Cares San Mateo
02/28/2017
Preparations for the San Mateo event have been in the works for nearly a year, with local organizers busy with behind-the-scenes details such as fundraising and garnering supplies and volunteer meals. Carliza Marcos, DDS, chair of the local arrangements committee, says that in addition to renewed interest among the army of “regulars” who donate time at CDA Cares, there’s a buzz among new volunteers who plan to experience the event for the first time.
CDA Cares volunteers sought for San Mateo event
01/31/2017
“One of the things that I love about being a dentist is working in a profession filled with compassionate and caring people,” Carliza Marcos, DDS, says. “This spring, we will have a unique opportunity to express our commitment to helping those less fortunate in our community.” Marcos is chair of the San Mateo CDA Cares Local Arrangements Committee. CDA Cares will be held April 22-23 in San Mateo.
Dentists provide $1.8 million in donated care
10/17/2016
Dentists and dental team members provided nearly $1.8 million in volunteer oral health care services to 2,066 people Oct. 15-16 at CDA Cares in Stockton. During the two-day event at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, they performed 14,178 dental procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education.
Hospitals see value in supporting oral health
09/29/2016
Hospital systems have been critical supporters of CDA Cares since 2013. Every year, due to the lack of effective and adequately funded government safety net programs, thousands of individuals seek treatment for dental pain and infection in hospital emergency rooms, compounding an already strained system.
UCSF dental students to volunteer at CDA Cares Stockton
09/01/2016
Soon after the last classes let out at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry on Friday, Oct. 14, 76 dental school students will board a bus for the 90-minute ride to Stockton, for the CDA Cares event.
Couples enjoy working side by side at CDA Cares
08/23/2016
Among the more than 14,000 volunteers who have generously donated their time and skills to CDA Cares are couples who enjoy working side by side at the events hosted by the CDA Foundation.
Henry Schein Dental steps up big again for CDA Cares
08/04/2016
After donating $100,000 in supplies at the last two CDA Cares events, Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein Cares have committed to another large donation.
CDA Cares returns to Central Valley
07/19/2016
After a successful event in Ventura in April, CDA Cares returns to the Central Valley in October. CDA Cares Stockton will take place Oct. 15-16 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds and provide for a population in dire need of oral health care.
Dentists, Henry Schein employee give man second chance
05/24/2016
Matt Scott was at the Henry Schein Dental offices in Chatsworth when the landlord for the building barged in and told the staff that he was acting on all the issues that had been brought to his attention, such as skateboarders. As he was leaving, he also said, “Don't worry, I have also called the police on the homeless guy who is sleeping out back and he is going to be arrested and his dog taken to the pound.”
CDA Cares Ventura delivers $1.5 million in care
04/18/2016
The CDA Foundation’s volunteer dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,884 people during the April 16-17 event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.
CDA Cares: The gift of sharing your talents
03/21/2016
When Richard Nagy, DDS, walked into his first CDA Cares event in Pomona just over a year ago, he was impressed by the sight of the Fairplex-turned dental clinic and knew something great was going to happen over the next two days.
CDA Cares to help struggling populations in Ventura
03/04/2016

When most people hear Ventura County they think of an upper socioeconomic group, but there are still large, underserved populations struggling to receive proper oral health services in that area. Cuts to Medicaid and Denti-Cal have had a negative effect on that population when it comes to health care, particularly oral health care. To help combat this, the CDA Foundation is bringing its CDA Cares dental program to Ventura County on April 16 and 17 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds.

Volunteer recruiting underway for CDA Cares Ventura
01/20/2016
Ventura County is like most areas in California's coastal valleys - it has a significant agriculture population with many receiving health care through Medicaid and Denti-Cal. Mark Lisagor, DDS, practiced in Camarillo and Oxnard for many years and saw the need firsthand. But due to the low reimbursement rates and bureaucratic challenges of the Denti-Cal program, there aren't enough providers in the area to handle the need and many of those who are in pain end up in the emergency room.
New CDA Foundation chair dedicated to serving the public
01/06/2016
Jean Creasey, DDS, didn't always plan to be a dentist, even long into her adult years. She enjoyed working as a dental hygienist at her husband's practice in Nevada City throughout the 80s and 90s. But she began to notice an alarming trend while volunteering at local school programs in remote areas of Nevada County: a rampant rate of caries in children due to an unmet need. It was then that she decided she wanted to make more of an impact on the lives of children like these and went back to school to become a dentist.
CDA Cares volunteer reflects on past, passion to help
11/06/2015
Santos Cortez, DDS, was born in Tulare, Calif., a Central Valley town where his parents were farmworkers who came to the U.S. on a government program. Cortez and his parents lived on the farm where they picked fruit and vegetables. Cortez, who is now a pediatric dentist in Long Beach, recently returned to the Central Valley as a volunteer for CDA Cares Fresno. He couldn’t help but wonder whether he would have sat in the dental chair if CDA Cares had been available when he was a child.
Student loan recipients give back at CDA Cares
10/15/2015
Every year, the CDA Foundation awards one new dentist with the Student Loan Repayment Grant to help repay his or her dental educational loan. The grant, which provides up to $105,000 over three years in exchange for a commitment to care for the underserved, has not only provided financial support for 16 dentists across the state, it has motivated them to give back to their communities. Three recipients of the grant illustrated this by using their talents to give back to patients at CDA Cares in Fresno.
CDA Cares provides oral health services to 2,099 people
10/05/2015
Hosted by the CDA Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program provided more than $1.9 million in charitable dental services to 2,099 people Oct. 2-3 in Fresno. While final numbers are still being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,500 tooth extractions were necessary at CDA Cares in Fresno – a sad statistic, since dental disease is preventable.
Key sponsors line up to support CDA Cares Fresno
08/25/2015
To date, CDA Cares has provided $11.2 million in dental services to nearly 14,000 patients. This wouldn’t have been possible without the donations of the program’s major sponsors. CDA Cares Fresno is set to take place on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center and five key sponsors will help provide the necessary funding and resources needed for the dental professional volunteers to provide care.
Henry Schein makes $100,000 product donation to CDA Cares
06/26/2015
Henry Schein Dental has provided its largest single, ongoing donation to CDA’s statewide charity dental event, CDA Cares. Schein, which provides health care products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners, will contribute $50,000 in supplies to each of the next two CDA Cares events (Fresno and Ventura).
Volunteer registration open for CDA Cares Fresno
05/26/2015
CDA Cares Fresno will be held on Oct. 2-3 at the Fresno Convention Center. Volunteers will help provide oral health care services at no charge to a large number of expected patients who will receive fillings, extractions, cleanings, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care. Dentists and dental professionals are needed in areas throughout the clinic, including restorative, numbing, pediatric, triage and routing.
Dentists help man get smile back in time for wedding
05/12/2015
Josh is engaged to be married this August. His fiancée Rachel was one of the main reasons he decided to take action to get his oral health under control. He got his teeth fixed thanks to the generosity of the dentists who treated him before CDA Cares by removing most of the decay as well as at the CDA Cares Sacramento clinic in March, where root canals were provided.
CDA Cares a temporary fix for broken Denti-Cal program
04/27/2015
The length of the lines at each of the seven CDA Cares clinics held throughout the state since 2012 demonstrate how Denti-Cal fails to provide access to care. CDA Cares Sacramento was another prime example as many of the patients had no other choice to relieve the pain they were in other than lining up early in the morning at Cal Expo.
Video: Woman sees smile for first time in 20 years
04/03/2015
Carolyn had been missing most of her teeth for more than 20 years. With no molars, eating was difficult and she had to rotate which side of her mouth she chewed food on based on pain level. Instead of depending on the state’s broken Denti-Cal system, Carolyn drove to CDA Cares in Sacramento after seeing the event on the news. It wasn’t long before she had a new set of dentures and restored self-esteem.
CDA Cares Sacramento provides $2 million in care
03/31/2015
Hosted by the California Dental Association Foundation and CDA, the CDA Cares two-day dental clinic in Sacramento provided $2 million in charitable dental services to 2,080 people March 27-28. While the final number of procedures provided at CDA Cares is being tallied, preliminary estimates indicate nearly 2,700 tooth extractions were necessary.
See all of the #CDACares social media action
03/27/2015
Be part of the action at the CDA Cares volunteer dental event in Sacramento by viewing on-site photos from the Cal Expo fairgrounds this weekend at the CDA Cares "Social Hub." It is estimated that more than 2,000 patients will receive oral health care at the March 27-28 clinic thanks to approximately 1,700 volunteers helping to provide fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education at the two-day event.
CDA Cares spotlights state oral health needs
02/12/2015
The CDA Foundation is hosting a CDA Cares volunteer dental event in Sacramento next month, and the timing of the March 27-28 clinic couldn’t be better. The recent swearing-in of a large group of new state legislators will provide CDA with an opportunity to educate policymakers about the importance of oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net in California.
Dental students important to CDA Cares' success
01/13/2015
Dental students who volunteer at CDA Cares events work in central supply, sterilization and chairside and help operate the computers in the X-ray area, escort patients and serve as general volunteers. Nearly 800 dental students have volunteered at CDA Cares. Since 2012, CDA Cares clinics have provided $9.2 million in oral health care services to 11,901 patients.
Mother, son reunite; hearts swell at CDA Cares
11/27/2014
Lives are changed at every CDA Cares clinic, and the Pomona event was no different as it provided another example of the impact that dental professionals and community volunteers are having throughout the state.
CDA Cares Pomona provides $1.66 million in care
11/24/2014
The California Dental Association Foundation’s two-day dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided $1.66 million in charitable dental services to 1,861 people during the Nov. 21-22 event in Pomona. During the two-day charity event, dentists and dental professionals provided fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. Additionally, volunteer technicians in the dental lab area worked to provide 345 full and partial dentures and repairs.
Major sponsors make CDA Cares possible
10/16/2014
The many dentists and dental professionals volunteering at CDA Cares Pomona will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions and a limited number of full and partial dentures to around 2,000 patients on Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex. And it couldn’t happen without the support of the many sponsors. Five major sponsors, Carestream Dental, Western Dental, Henry Schein Dental, Benco Dental and TDIC will largely support the CDA Foundation’s Pomona clinic.
CDA Cares has statewide impact as Pomona clinic nears
08/11/2014
CDA and the CDA Foundation are gearing up for the second CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California. CDA Cares Pomona will take place Nov. 21-22 at the Pomona Fairplex, and volunteers are urged to get involved. In addition to providing care at no charge to approximately 2,000 patients at each clinic, CDA Cares aims to educate the public, media and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need to find long-term solutions, such as an adequately funded dental safety net.
CDA Foundation earns Point of Light Award
06/02/2014
CDA Cares was recently selected as a Daily Point of Light Award honoree for the work the CDA Foundation has done through the volunteer dental program. The Daily Point of Light Award was established by President George H.W. Bush to recognize the power of individuals and groups to spark change and improve the world. In a letter sent to the CDA Foundation from the Points of Light program, the efforts of CDA Cares were said to “honor the legacy of this award, demonstrating the power of service to create tangible change … Your efforts are a remarkable example of the generosity and compassion that make our communities stronger and better.”
CDA Cares treatment offers patients a pathway to employment
05/05/2014
Many patients at the CDA Foundation’s CDA Cares programs are struggling to find employment because of the state of their oral health and the impact it has on their appearance. CDA Cares aims to provide dental care and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, and provide them with a pathway to employment.
CDA Cares Solano provides $1.5 million in oral health services
04/28/2014
The California Dental Association Foundation’s two-day dental clinic, CDA Cares, provided nearly $1.5 million in charitable dental services to 1,959 people during the April 25-26 event in Solano County. The fifth event since 2012, the CDA Foundation and CDA host CDA Cares to provide dental services and oral health education at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care.
Walk-in volunteers welcome at CDA Cares
04/17/2014
If you forgot to register online for CDA Cares Solano, April 25-26, you can still volunteer. Dentists and dental professionals are needed for Friday, April 25 at the Solano County Fairgrounds, 900 Fairgrounds Drive, Vallejo. Go to volunteer registration at McCormack Hall. The goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection and educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net. Since 2012, the CDA Cares volunteer dental program has provided $6 million in care to more than 8,000 patients.
Major sponsors donate $160,000 to CDA Cares Solano
03/07/2014
Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are stepping up to make sure CDA Cares Solano provides the most oral health care possible to patients in need. CDA Cares Solano will be held at the Solano County Fairgrounds on April 25-26 with the help of hundreds of volunteer dental professionals and other community volunteers. On top of volunteers, the CDA Foundation relies heavily on the financial support of its sponsors. Solano County, First 5 Solano, the Del E. Webb Foundation and Kaiser Permanente in Napa and Solano counties all are donating and/or matching funds up to $20,000 or more, for a total of $160,000.
2015 CDA Cares volunteer dental events scheduled
02/10/2014
The CDA Foundation is pleased to announce it has confirmed the dates and locations of four upcoming CDA Cares volunteer dental events, including Fresno in 2015. At each event, volunteer dentists — with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers — will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home.
CDA Cares sponsors help make San Diego a success
01/10/2014
The CDA Cares San Diego volunteer dental clinic at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in December provided more than $1.6 million in charitable dental services to 2,203 patients, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of some key sponsors. Presenting Sponsor Benco Dental Company, which has backed the program since the first CDA Cares event in Modesto in May 2012, the county of San Diego, Carestream Dental, Patterson Dental, Henry Schein, Aribex, Farmers Insurance and more all provided significant support for the CDA Cares volunteer dental program on Dec. 7-8.
CDA Cares San Diego provides care to 2,203 patients
12/16/2013
During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 12,518 dental procedures, including cleanings, fillings, extractions and oral health education. Additionally, volunteer dental lab technicians worked to create 221 complete and partial dentures and repairs.
CDA Cares San Diego provides $1.6 million in care
12/09/2013
Over the two-day event, 2,203 patients received $1.62 million in care at CDA Cares San Diego on Dec. 7-8. More than 1,700 volunteers, including more than 900 dental professionals, provided 12,518 total procedures at no charge to patients who experience barriers to care.
Major sponsors step up to support CDA Cares San Diego
10/24/2013
Several major sponsors, through in-kind donations and resources, are helping the CDA Foundation’s efforts to put on a successful CDA Cares program in San Diego in December. On top of the high level of support from Presenting Sponsor Benco Dental Company, the county of San Diego, Carestream Dental, Henry Schein, Aribex and Farmers Insurance are all providing significant support for the CDA Cares volunteer dental program scheduled for Dec. 7-8 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
Dentists can change lives at CDA Cares San Diego
10/16/2013
There are many life-changing moments that happen at every CDA Cares program, and it wouldn’t be possible without the help of a multitude of volunteers. The CDA Foundation is seeking volunteer dentists, including oral surgeons, lab technicians, dental hygienists and assistants, and other team members to volunteer at CDA Cares San Diego at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Dec. 7-8.
Farmers Insurance Donates $15,000 for CDA Cares San Diego
10/03/2013
The California Dental Association Foundation is pleased to announce a significant donation from new sponsor Farmers Insurance, which donated $15,000 to the Foundation in support of its CDA Cares volunteer dental program in San Diego scheduled Dec. 7-8. To date, with the help of 4,559 volunteers, CDA Cares has provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.
The Webbs: A legacy of humanitarianism
09/13/2013
California dentists provide a tremendous amount of pro bono work to those who experience barriers to care. In fact, dentists across the state provide oral health care services worth an estimated $388 million each year ($15,668 per dentist). This profile features two individuals, Russ Webb, DDS, and Kathi Webb, who have both been on a path of compassion through volunteerism as far back as their college days. They exemplify the giving nature of dentists.
CDA Cares volunteer changes young patient’s life
08/29/2013
California dentists provide a tremendous amount of pro bono work to those who experience barriers to care. In fact, dentists across the state provide oral health care services worth an estimated $388 million each year ($15,668 per dentist). One such example occurred recently at the CDA Cares San Jose program when a dentist volunteer changed the life of a young girl and her family.
CDA Cares lands Benco Dental as major sponsor
08/07/2013
For the third time, Benco Dental Company has stepped up to be a Presenting Sponsor for CDA Cares. The CDA Cares program allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals, to provide dental services at no charge to patients who experience barriers to care, and none of which would be possible without the support of companies like Benco.
Foundation takes CDA Cares to San Diego
07/08/2013
The CDA Foundation is set to host its fourth CDA Cares free dental clinic in San Diego in December, and the need couldn’t be greater. The San Diego clinic is the first CDA Cares clinic to be held in Southern California — the first three were in Modesto, Sacramento and San Jose. The three clinics combined have provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.
Legislature approves restoring Adult Denti-Cal
06/18/2013
The effort to restore Adult Denti-Cal benefits is one step closer to reality after the Legislature voted on a new state budget plan. The funding, which is a result of the leadership exhibited by Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), still needs the governor’s signature. Steinberg made the restoration of Adult Denti-Cal a top priority after his visit last August to CDA Cares in Sacramento.
Dentists support CDA Cares by sponsoring chairs
05/28/2013
As the CDA Foundation plans for the CDA Cares free dental clinic in San Diego in December, many members are doing everything they can to help make sure the clinics are a success, even if they can’t physically be there to volunteer. Through the Foundation’s “sponsor a dental chair” program, dentists can donate $500 toward providing patients a place to receive essential care at the clinics. Each donation goes a long way in helping change lives.
CDA Cares serves thousands in San Jose
05/22/2013
Preliminary numbers indicate 2,202 patients received free oral health care at the CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic over the weekend. Hosted by the CDA Foundation and CDA, the May 18-19 dental clinic provided more than $1.6 million in oral health care services to the underserved. The San Jose clinic, which was held at the San Jose Convention Center, was the third CDA Cares event. The three clinics combined have now provided $4.4 million in care to 5,878 patients.
New dentists enjoy volunteering at CDA Cares
04/19/2013
Many new dentists enjoy participating in CDA Cares dental clinics because they are eager to volunteer the skills they garnered during dental school.  Last year, the CDA Foundation and CDA hosted two CDA Cares clinics that provided $2.8 million in dental care that helped relieve pain and infection for 3,676 patients.
CDA Foundation focused on maximizing donations
04/09/2013
Since its inception more than a decade ago, the CDA Foundation has awarded scholarships to nearly 200 dental students and more than 500 allied personnel. And this is just one of the CDA Foundation’s accomplishments. As the charitable arm of CDA, the CDA Foundation’s mission is to improve the oral health of all Californians by supporting the dental profession in its efforts to meet community needs.
Kaiser Permanente donates $10,000 to CDA Cares
04/04/2013
Kaiser Permanente has donated $10,000 toward next month's CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic. Kaiser officials said one of the main reasons the donation to the May 18-19 clinic at the San Jose Convention Center was made is because the state’s cuts to Denti-Cal have had a ripple effect.
CDA Cares receives major donations
03/18/2013
El Camino Hospital and Santa Clara County have donated a combined $45,000 toward the CDA Cares San Jose dental clinic. El Camino Hospital, which donated $20,000, is a nonprofit organization with hospital campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos. The Santa Clara Board of Supervisors approved a $25,000 donation earlier this month.
Sterilization volunteers key to CDA Cares clinics
02/08/2013
Volunteer dentists, dental professionals and patients can rest assured that the sterilization team will be up for the challenge of meeting the workflow demands at the CDA Cares San Jose clinic this May.
Team effort recruiting volunteers for CDA Cares clinic in San Jose
01/21/2013
A CDA Cares clinic is scheduled for May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center and a team effort is underway to recruit volunteers. With its Bay Area location, the clinic, which allows dentists and dental professionals to provide cleanings, fillings and extractions to Californians who experience barriers to care, will have access to at least five dental components for volunteer recruitment.
CDA Cares clinic set to be held in San Jose
12/21/2012
A CDA Cares clinic is scheduled for May 18-19 at the San Jose Convention Center. At the clinic, dentists and dental professionals will provide cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home to Californians who experience barriers to care.
Delta Dental makes major contribution to CDA Cares
12/10/2012
Delta Dental of California has donated $25,000 toward the Foundation’s CDA Cares clinics. Delta Dental of California, the state’s largest dental health plan, made the donation in an effort to help people who have been affected by California’s budget cuts, specifically to the dental safety net.
Lab technicians play vital role at CDA Cares clinics
11/28/2012
Steve Simon, owner of Professional Dental Laboratory in Sacramento, hadn’t volunteered at a large-scale health clinic before, but he said CDA Cares Sacramento was an event he couldn’t pass up. Simon, along with more than a dozen dental laboratory technicians, signed up to volunteer their skills at the free dental clinic in August. Simon has been a lab technician for more than four decades and currently serves as the president of the California Dental Laboratory Association. He took his experience and jumped in with both hands.
 CDA Cares spotlights need for state oral health infrastructure
10/01/2012
With an estimated 10 million people in California experiencing barriers to oral health care and adult Denti-Cal benefits being a thing of the past due to 2009 state budget cuts, the chairs never got a rest at CDA Cares Sacramento.
September 2012
09/01/2012

Top Stories: Health care reform in California: Activity on several fronts; CDA Cares spotlights need for state oral health infrastructure; Compass helps dentists become practice leaders

August 2012
08/01/2012

Top Stories: Interactive national oral health campaign kicks off in August; CDA Cares clinic set in Sacramento; State to shift all Healthy Families children to Medi-Cal

July 2012
07/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares patients thank volunteers; Practice Support Center helps lead during recession; National oral health ad campaign to encourage brushing ‘2min2x’

June 2012
06/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares clinic delivers $1.2 million in care; Symposium at CDA Presents stresses preventing childhood caries; CDA-sponsored bills moving in Legislature

May 2012
05/01/2012

Top Stories: Dental benefit bills pass first test; CDA Presents offers tips on improving practices; Sacramento CDA Cares adds premier sponsor

April 2012
04/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA Cares lands ‘premier’ sponsors; Reserved seating new at CDA Presents; CDA helps kick off national oral health campaign

March 2012
03/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA bills tackle dental plan concerns; CDA Cares treatment plan: Relieve pain and infection; TDIC announces rate reduction for CA policyholders

February 2012
02/01/2012

Top Stories: CDA wins Medi-Cal rate court case; Dental team ‘on board’ for CDA Cares; Guide for New Dentist available on Compass website

01/12/2012
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January 2012
01/01/2012

Top Stories: Dental director bill introduced; CDA joins national effort on oral health awareness; CDA Cares volunteers scout Oregon’s Mission of Mercy

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