05/04/2018

CDA Cares Anaheim clinic delivers dental care to 2,019 people


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.

“People come here with severe pain and infection and to see them leave smiling because they were able to get the help they needed is so rewarding,” said CDA President Natasha Lee, DDS. “It’s clear there’s a desperate need in our state, and I’m happy we’re able to help.”

During the two-day event, dentists and dental professionals provided more than 11,858 procedures, including fillings, extractions, cleanings and oral health education. Volunteer technicians in the clinic’s dental lab area also worked to provide 181 complete and partial dentures and repairs.

Nearly 2,000 volunteers donated their time and services at the event, including health professionals — dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, nurses and lab technicians — and hundreds of community volunteers who assisted with registration, translation, data entry and guiding patients.

In addition to providing dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for improvements to the state’s Medi-Cal dental program.

“The number of people we see in line at our events speaks to the need for Denti-Cal improvements,” said Lee. “Between a recent rate increase and the full reinstatement of adult benefits, there’s clearly been a move in the right direction, but the program still leaves many people with difficulty accessing care. Our hope is that with a continued commitment from the state we’ll see more dentists able to participate.”

CDA Cares is made possible by 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. Additionally, the California Department of Public Health’s Oral Health Program awarded CDA Cares Anaheim a $131,000 grant made available by the state’s new tobacco tax, CDA-supported Proposition 56, which passed in the November 2016 election.

The CDA Foundation is planning another CDA Cares event this year in Modesto Oct. 26-27. For more information, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.



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