Giving Back to the Community – One Tooth at a Time!
Hundreds Received No-Cost Dental Care
During the week of May 15 over 600 people through Southern California received absolutely free dental care services.
For the 11th year in a row California Dental Group has made a very positive difference in the community by hosting Free Emergency Dental Care Days as part of their growing annual effort to serve those who don’t have the money to go to the dentist. The events were held in the Upland, Oxnard/Port Hueneme, Burbank/North Hollywood, and Los Angeles offices of California Dental Group.
Realizing that many people are struggling in the current economy, California Dental Group wants to give people, who couldn’t otherwise afford it, an opportunity to take care of dental problems before they become more serious, and more costly.
Everything from fillings, emergency root canals, extractions, toothache treatments, and cleaning of infected gums were provided, at absolutely no cost, to as many people as possible between the hours of 8am and 3pm, on a first come, first serve basis. Each patient also received dental hygiene education and a hygiene kit containing a tooth brush, tooth paste and floss.
People started lining up as early as 8:30 pm the night before. The lines were long but the wait was made pleasant by the wonderful staff, local radio stations that came out to entertain with music and prize give-a-ways, and by the delicious pastries and coffee provide by California Dental Group.
Many patients have moving stories. One of these was a young mother, Alma G., who got laid off over two years ago and has only been able to find part time work. Making ends meet has been extremely difficult and as a result dental care has not been possible. She had a very painful abscessed molar which made chewing impossible. Alma had only been able to eat foods that didn’t require chewing. At the Free Emergency Dental Treatment event she was able to have her abscess taken care of. Alma was so happy that tears came to her eyes, “It’s like getting my life back! Thank you California Dental Group! Without your help I would have continued to suffer.”
Another patient told her story, “I haven’t been to the dentist in over 20 year! This is an amazing blessing!”
A young woman had a cracked molar which had become infected. The infection had spread so much that, in addition to her jaw, her neck was even swollen. Her pain had become unbearable. She had gone to the emergency room and had only gotten pain pills but no treatment. “I don’t know what I would have done without this event! Thank you, thank you!”
California Dental Group sees hundreds of patients per month. Yet, according to Dr. Kamran Sahabi, owner of California Dental Group, “We see an amazing number of people who need treatment and can’t afford it. We come across this every day. So I decided that we needed to address this serious health issue.”
Dr. Sahabi considers the cost of the giveaway in staff time and supplies as “Not really important. What is important is that people understand the two main problems in dental care — tooth decay and gum disease — and that they are both preventable with good hygiene and regular visits to the dentist. It makes us feel great to be able to provide these Free Emergency Dental Care Days to the community. People start lining very early; the more we’re able to help, the better!”
California Dental Group has been serving Southern California for over 25 years and is a recognized leader in all aspects of dental services including family dentistry, dental implants, orthodontics, and all cosmetic dentistry procedures. California Dental Group is accredited with the American Dental Association and California Dental Association. The highly trained staff of dentists is licensed to practice by the Dental Board of California and all specialists are Board certified.
California Dental Group’s seven offices are centrally located in:
Glendale – 609 S. Glendale Ave., Glendale 91205 – (818) 543-3222
Los Angeles – 4701 Eagle Rock Blvd., Los Angeles 90041 – (323)255-5572
North Hollywood/Burbank – 10400 W. Magnolia Blvd., North Hollywood 91601 – (818)762-4440
Port Hueneme/Oxnard – 305 E. Port Hueneme, Port Hueneme 93041 – (805)488-1112
Tustin – 13011 Newport Ave., Suite 205, Tustin, CA, 92780 – 714-386-3663
Upland – 930 W. Foothill Blvd., Suite D, Upland, CA 91786 – (909)
Whittier – 14322 Telegraph Rd., Suite A, Whittier 90604 – (562) 968-5151