Sponsored by the California Dental Association (CDA), CDA Foundation and America's Dentists Care Foundation
When: Thursday, August 23, 2012: Clinic setup from 8:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. (no patients)
Friday, August 24, 2012: Dental clinic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 25, 2012: Dental clinic from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 26, 2012: Clinic teardown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no patients)
Where: Cal Expo, 1600 Exposition Blvd., Sacramento California
Why: The need is greater than ever - an estimated 30 percent of Californians experience barriers to care. State budget cuts eliminated most oral health services for low-income adults leaving them without access to dental care. In children, dental disease is a chronic epidemic - more common than asthma and obesity - affecting nearly two-thirds of California's children by the time they reach third grade.
Who Benefits: CDA Cares will offer free dental care to Californians who have difficulty accessing care, including the uninsured, underinsured, unemployed and others in need. Patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Services: The main goal of CDA Cares is to relieve pain and infection. With the help of community volunteers, dental professionals will donate their time and skills to offer cleanings, fillings, extractions, oral health education and assistance in finding a dental home.
Volunteers Needed: Physicians, dental lab technicians, nurses, pharmacists, translators, dentists, specialists - including oral surgeons, hygienists, assistants, dental students, and other members of the community willing to donate their time. In addition to providing dental services, volunteers are needed to escort patients and translate, dispense medication, setup and tear down the clinic, register patients and volunteers, conduct exit interviews, enter data, provide oral health education and more.
To Register: For more information or to register, visit www.cdafoundation.org/cdacares
About CDA Cares CDA Cares is a collaborative effort among the California Dental Association (CDA), the CDA Foundation and the national charitable organization America's Dentists Care Foundation. CDA Cares is a new event aimed at providing free dental care to Californians in need.