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Action for Dental Health

California’s CDA Cares Charitable Dental Event Provides Care for More than 2,000 People

April 17, 2015

Dentists in California recently provided charitable dental care for more than 2,000 people during CDA Cares, a two-day dental clinic that takes place in various cities throughout the state each year.

The 325 dentists who volunteered for the event, which was held March 27-28 in Sacramento, provided nearly $2 million in care, according to the California Dental Association. In addition to providing much-needed dental care at no charge, CDA Cares educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good dental health and a properly funded state safety net to ensure all Californians have access to a dentist.

“These events have had a tremendous impact across the state,” said CDA President Dr. Walt Weber. “Dentists are committed to providing oral health care to Californians in need, but the state must help us. We can’t do it alone.”

CDA Cares started in 2012 after CDA leadership attended Oregon’s Missions of Mercy event. The CDA events are two-day events at which dentists, dental hygienists and assistants, and other volunteers, converge in large-scale, temporary clinics to provide services at no charge to who experience barriers to care.

During this year’s CDA Cares semi-annual event, in Sacramento, dentists and dental professionals performed nearly 14,000 services, including fillings, extractions, cleanings, full and partial dentures and oral health education.

The California Dental Association Foundation is planning another CDA Cares event on Oct. 2-3 in Fresno, and two more in 2016.