CDA Cares, the volunteer dental clinic operated by the California Dental Association (CDA) Foundation, provided nearly $1.3 million in charitable dental services to 1,491 people at the Solano County Fairgrounds on March 8 and March 9. The 8,955 procedures included fillings, extractions, and cleanings as well as oral health education.
“Being able to impact the lives of so many and offer nearly $1.3 million in care in just two days is truly remarkable,” said CDA president Del Brunner, DDS. “Even with recent improvements to the state’s Medi-Cal Dental Program, CDA continues to look for ways to expand access to care.”
More than 1,200 volunteers donated their time and services, including health professionals such as dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, dental students, nurses, and lab technicians, as well as 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 continued improvements to the state’s Medi-Cal Dental Program.
CDA Cares is supported by sponsors such as Solano County, GES, Henry Schein, Planmeca USA, Western Dental, Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, NorthBay Healthcare, Dorothy Frisbee Trust, Tokuyama Dental, Valero Benicia Refinery, Sutter Health and Larell One Stop Denture, TDIC, and TDSC.
The CDA Foundation is planning another CDA Cares event for September 27 and 28 at the National Orange Show Events Center in San Bernardino. For more information, visit cdafoundation.org/cdacares.
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