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CDA Cares meets ‘tremendous demand’

Sacramento two-day clinic provides $1.6 million in free dental care

Sacramento, Calif.—The California Dental Association Foundation’s CDA Cares program racked up some impressive numbers during its two-day free dental clinic in Sacramento hosted by the CDA Foundation, CDA and America’s Dentists Care Foundation.

Image: Busy clinic: Patients fill every treatment chair at the CDA Cares clinic in Sacramento Aug. 24 at Cal Expo.
Busy clinic: Patients fill every treatment chair at the CDA Cares clinic in Sacramento Aug. 24 at Cal Expo. Photo courtesy of the California Dental Association Foundation

More than 1,600 volunteers—including 600 dentists, dental hygienists, dental assistants, nurses and lab technicians—provided oral health services and education to more than 2,000 patients in need Aug. 24 and 25.

“The demand for dental care was tremendous, and we are thrilled that CDA Cares was able to provide essential oral health care services to 2,026 people,” said Dr. Dan Davidson, CDA president. “I’m saddened by the high number of extractions—many that could have been avoided with preventive care, which reinforces our belief that California needs a state dental director and an appropriate safety net of public oral health programs to improve the oral health of underserved Californians. This is a two-day charity event and should not be mistaken for a delivery system of care—in no way can it replace the state’s responsibility for addressing the need.”

Dentists and dental professionals provided cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home. Each patient also received an oral health kit that included a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash and community resources. Volunteer technicians in the clinic’s dental lab area worked to provide 201 complete and partial dentures.

“In addition to receiving dental services, patients gained a better understanding of basic preventive care and how important it is to maintain their oral health,” said Dr. Don Rollofson, chair of the CDA Foundation. “The CDA Foundation aims to improve the oral health of Californians, and at CDA Cares Sacramento we had the privilege of giving back smiles, confidence and dignity that impact many lives.”

The Sacramento event was CDA Cares’ second free clinic this year. In May, 1,250 volunteers provided 7,200 procedures for 1,650 patients at a CDA Cares clinic in Modesto, donating $1.2 million in dental services.

The California Dental Association Foundation is planning another CDA Cares event in the Bay Area in early 2013.

Visit cdafoundation.org or the CDA Cares Facebook page (www.facebook.com/cdacares) for information.

America’s Dentists Care Foundation will work with state dental societies that invite it to help with an event.  For more information about the foundation, visit www.adcfmom.org.