Thankful for a Day with a Dentist
More than 200 people, some arriving before dawn, lined up along Glendale Avenue on Wednesday to receive root canals, fillings and other dental work during a free emergency care clinic hosted by the California Dental Group.
Vance Jordan, 59, of Glendale arrived with a toothache and said he hadn’t seen a dentist in about seven years.
Shay Sanders, 30, of Los Angeles came at 2 a.m. to wait six hours for a root canal, a procedure she said wasn’t available at most free clinics and well out of her budget.
“Everybody I know needs dental work, but they can’t afford it,” said Mike Jeffries, 53, of Glendale, who also needed a root canal. “Dental insurance is expensive, so they let [their teeth] go until it gets critical. That’s what I did.”
California Dental Group has offered at least one daylong free clinic each of the past eight years for patients who otherwise couldn’t afford treatment, said Cindy Rios, a clerk at the Glendale office.
There were two dentists, four dental assistants and four front-office staffers working the clinic, she said…