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$1.8 million in donated dental services provided at California event

November 01, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Volunteer spirit: Dr. George Maranon, left, works with a patient at the CDA Cares event in Stockton, Calif., in October. More than 2,000 people were served at the event.
Stockton, Calif. — The 850 health professionals who volunteered at the Oct. 15-16 California Dental Association's dental event, CDA Cares, had the same goal: getting patients out of pain and in better health.

"Seeing someone come to CDA Cares with pain or infection and leave smiling and in better health is heartwarming," said Dr. Jean Creasey, chair of the California Dental Association Foundation.

More than 2,060 people received care during the two-day event, where nearly $1.8 million in charitable dental services were provided, according to the California Dental Association.

Hearts of gold: Hundreds of volunteers donated $1.8 million in care during the CDA Cares volunteer dental event.
Volunteers provided a total of 14,178 dental procedures, including 2,365 extractions and 250 complete and partial dentures, along with repairs, fillings, cleanings and oral health education.

In addition to providing the dental services at no charge, CDA Cares "educates the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and need for an adequately funded dental safety net, which includes a well functioning Denti-Cal [California's dental Medicaid] program," the California Dental Association said in a news release.

The California Dental Association Foundation is planning another CDA Cares event April 22-23 in San Mateo. For information about CDA Cares, visit