Volunteer registration open for CDA Cares Fresno

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. Dental team members are encouraged to volunteer as well. Community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, translating and much more.

CDA Cares Fresno will be the eighth clinic hosted by the CDA Foundation and CDA. Earlier this year, volunteers at CDA Cares Sacramento provided nearly 14,000 dental procedures. In addition, dentists worked with volunteer technicians in the clinic’s dental lab area to provide 377 complete and partial dentures and repairs. Since 2012, CDA Cares has provided $11.2 million in dental services to nearly 14,000 patients across California.

For more information about CDA Cares and to register to volunteer, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.

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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.

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.

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.