Dentists provide $1.6M in donated care

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.

“We truly appreciate all of the community support that CDA Cares received,” said CDA Cares’ local organizer Carliza Marcos, DDS. “Volunteers are vital to the success of our events and to have that many people here to help people in need is outstanding.”

More than 12,060 procedures, including fillings, extractions and cleanings, plus oral health education, were completed during the event while the clinic’s dental lab area worked to provide 243 complete and partial dentures and repairs.

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 an adequately funded dental safety net, which includes a well-functioning Denti-Cal program. 

“The oral health need in our state remains dire — as we saw by the long line of people seeking care this weekend. The state’s Denti-Cal system is chronically underfunded and leaves many without access to dental care,” said CDA President Clelan Ehrler, DDS, MS. “CDA is committed to ensure that funds generated from the state’s new tobacco tax are spent as voters intended when they approved Proposition 56 — to improve access to care.”

The next CDA Cares clinic will be held Oct. 6-7 in Bakersfield.

See more about CDA Cares San Mateo in the June CDA Update. For more information about CDA Cares, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.

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