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Author: Ayrielle Franco

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for our Senior Dental Center Patients

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:…

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center Appoints Donald M. Casey, Jr. to Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 29, 2020 – The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, an organization dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality oral healthcare to low-income seniors in California, announced today that it has appointed Donald M. Casey, Jr. to its board of directors. Casey is CEO of Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer…

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Times of San Diego: Senior Dental Health Is a Hidden Crisis – Here Are 5 Preventative Measures

By: Dr. Karen Becerra The stats are alarming: Nearly 1 in 5 seniors over the age of 65 have no teeth, 2 in 3 have gum disease, and 1 in 5 have untreated cavities. Dental health is a hidden health crisis for seniors in our community which has far-reaching impacts on their overall wellness. Studies have…

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The Senior Dental Center receives the first ever grant award from the Johnson & Johnson Western Region Retiree Association!

The Senior Dental Center was recently selected to receive the first-ever grant from the Johnson & Johnson Western Region Retiree Association (JJWRRA) in support of our efforts to provide accessible, high-quality oral healthcare to vulnerable seniors. JJWRRA provides grants that support Elder Health, which focuses on maintaining a healthy body and mind, independence, and dignity for…

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The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center awarded a grant from the San Marcos Community Foundation

  The Senior Dental Center is pleased to announce a grant award from the San Marcos Community Foundation. With these funds we purchased supplies to make same-day crowns for our patients in-house. This reduces the number of visits needed and eliminates laboratory fees for our patients. Additional grant funds supplied an Apple iPad with the…

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Dr. Karen’s 6 Summer Oral Health Tips, Featured on KUSI News

CEO and Dental Director Dr. Karen speaking with KUSI Logan Byrnes, July 10, 2019 Dr. Karen was featured on KUSI News sharing 6 oral health tips for maintaining a bright and healthy smile this summer. Unfortunately, poor dental health is a silent epidemic among Americans. In fact, more than 1 in 4 adults in the…

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Oral Healthcare with Sustainable Products #PlasticFreeJuly

This month is Plastic Free July, a campaign created by The Plastic Free Foundation to bring awareness to our high consumption of single-use plastics. Each year, millions of people around the world take on the challenge of refusing various plastic products such as plastic bags, water bottles, straws, and even oral care products. According to…

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Gary & Mary West Senior Dental Center Named 2019 Live Well San Diego Oral Health Champion, Launches GIVE65 Fundraising Campaign in July

San Diego, Calif. – June 26, 2019 – The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center in Downtown San Diego was recognized for their innovative dental care for seniors receiving the 2019 Live Well San Diego Oral Health Champion Award. The award honors the exceptional achievements, outstanding community efforts, and contributions that have advanced oral…

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Times of San Diego: Opinion: Oral Cancer in Seniors is More Common than You Might Think

By Karen Becerra, DDS, MPH While people might prioritize physical and mental well-being, many may not put the words “dental” and “health” next to each other in their minds. “Dental work is cosmetic,” they might say, as they put off seeing the dentist for another year. “Everyone has problems with their teeth. Besides, my insurance…

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Say Ahhh – Senior Dental Center celebrates World Oral Health Day

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center celebrated World Oral Health Day on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by sending a few tips to help adults take better care of their oral health. To learn more and see what the Senior Dental Center is up to, click here. What is World Oral Health Day? World…

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