Henry Schein Dental steps up big again for CDA Cares

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.

The U.S. dental business of Henry Schein Inc., which provides health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, will donate $50,000 in supplies for each of the next two CDA Cares events (Stockton and San Mateo). The donation, in partnership with the company's corporate social responsibility program, Henry Schein Cares, will include everything from infection control supplies, such as gloves and barriers, to restorative materials and anesthetics.

"We have truly enjoyed our participation and ability to partner with CDA's member dentists to provide much-needed dental care to so many fellow Californians," said Glenn Showgren, California zone general manager for Henry Schein Dental. "Our commitment is a minimum of $100,000 in needed supplies and services, and is non-inclusive of the number of Team Schein Member (TSM) volunteer hours, which we expect will continue to grow as more of our TSMs return to clinics in their areas to volunteer their time and talents."

Showgren, who is a regular volunteer at CDA Cares, has enjoyed watching as more and more of his fellow TSMs have lined up to volunteer. In fact, at the most recent event, CDA Cares Ventura, Henry Schein Dental Equipment Sales Specialist Matt Scott helped a homeless man named Timmy to get back on a pathway to employment by personally driving him to the clinic where he received much-needed extractions and a follow-up appointment for dentures. (See story on page 7 of the June CDA Update.) Henry Schein had six equipment service technicians and more than 15 TSMs and their spouses/significant others volunteer at CDA Cares Ventura in April.

"I am personally most proud of the fact that the number of volunteer hours donated by Team Schein Members has increased at each of these events," Showgren said.

CDA Cares is a volunteer dental program hosted by the CDA Foundation that provides dental services at no charge to Californians who experience barriers to care. CDA Cares also 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. CDA Cares dental volunteers help to relieve pain and infection by offering extractions, fillings, cleanings, root canals, oral health education and a limited number of dentures and temporary partial dentures.

"We can't thank Henry Schein Dental and Henry Schein Cares enough for how much they are helping to change the lives of so many Californians who desperately need oral health care," said CDA Foundation Chair Jean Creasey, DDS. "We couldn't host these events without the support of great partners like them."

To date, CDA Cares has provided $14.6 million in dental care to 17,965 people across California. Thanks to 14,312 volunteers, a total of 103,843 procedures have been performed since 2012.

The next CDA Cares clinic will take place at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds on Oct. 15 and 16. To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients in Stockton, the CDA Foundation is currently seeking additional sponsors. Volunteer dental and health professionals are also needed to sign up for an entire day, rather than a shorter shift. Additionally, community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, interpreting and much more.

For more information, visit cdafoundation.org/stockton.

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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.”