Free Dental Clinics
An estimated 10 million Californians experience barriers to dental care. The California Dental Association Foundation and CDA host CDA Cares, free dental clinics to provide oral health services and education for more than 2,000 patients at each event.
The need is greater than ever. State budget cuts eliminated virtually all adult Denti-Cal benefits in 2009, decimating oral health services for more than 3 million poor, disabled and elderly Californians. In addition, the state eliminated funding for the California Children’s Dental Disease Prevention Program (SB 111), which provided preventive oral health care and vital resources to low-income children. Today, one in three Californians does not have access to dental care, including children and the working poor who cannot afford needed care.
CDA Cares exemplifies the best of our community in action. Together, with the goal of relieving pain and infection, we’re impacting lives, restoring dignity and creating smiles.
How you can help
To help provide oral health care services to the large number of expected patients, we need volunteer dental and health professionals including general dentists, oral surgeons, dental hygienists, assistants, lab technicians, nurses and pharmacists.
Additionally, community volunteers are needed to assist with registration, clinic setup, data entry, escorting patients, translating, and much more.
Patients will receive cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dentist for follow-up care.
To get involved, register by clicking "Volunteer Registration" at the upper right corner of this page.
CDA Cares San Diego
Dec. 7-8, 2013
Del Mar Fairgrounds
To learn more, check out the video from our first CDA Cares free dental clinic in Modesto:
CDA Cares Modesto