STAFF REPORTS

The California Dental Association Foundation will hold their annual CDA Cares in Modesto on Oct. 26 and 27.

The purpose of CDA Cares is to educate the public and policymakers about the importance of oral health and the need for an adequately funded dental safety net in California.

The state eliminated funding for adult Denti-Cal services from the budget for many years and only now has recently reinstated the program, which is still chronically underfunded. As a result, people have difficulty accessing care and suffer from dental disease that could be avoided with preventive care.

At each CDA Cares, the volunteers typically treat about 1,900 patients and provide over a million dollars in donated dental care during the two-day event. Dentists from across California, dental team members, other health care providers and community volunteers come together to provide donated basic care of extractions, fillings, cleanings, limited dentures and partial dentures, and limited root canals on front teeth.

Patients are not asked to prove need nor do they require identification to be treated.

To ensure the success of Modesto’s CDA Cares event, the organization needs about 1,500 volunteers. In addition to dentists and health care professionals, they need community volunteers to assist with things like registration, guiding patients, interpreting, clinic setup, data entry and more.

To register, visit cdafoundation.org/modesto.