Volunteer Dental Program
An estimated 10 million Californians experience barriers to dental care. The California Dental Association Foundation and CDA host CDA Cares, a program that allows volunteer dentists, with the assistance of other dental professionals and community volunteers, to provide dental services at no charge to more than 2,000 patients at each event.
Through CDA Cares, the CDA Foundation’s efforts to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of good oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net were effective. Adult Denti-Cal benefits eliminated by the state in 2009 will be partially restored in 2014, however, the program remains chronically underfunded and leaves many, including the working poor, without access to 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 now.
CDA Cares San Diego
Dec. 7-8, 2013
Del Mar Fairgrounds
To learn more, check out the video from our first CDA Cares event in Modesto:
CDA Cares Modesto