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Author: Karen Becerra

Featured Article: Geriatric Dentistry Insights

Shedding light on the oral health concerns of older adults is now more essential than ever.  In the United States, someone turns 65 every 10 seconds.  By 2030, it is expected that 20% of the U.S. population will be older adults.  Addressing the nuances of geriatric dental health will help dentists be prepared to provide…

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Having a sweet tooth makes your teeth sweet!

According to the International Diabetes Federation, 1 in 10 adults are now living with diabetes, estimating an astonishing 537 million adults around the world!  As many of us know, high levels of sugar in our blood harms our kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes and other organs.  But did you know that it also makes your teeth…

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First and Foremost, Our Patients!

Age-Friendly Grant Awarded to the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center It is with tremendous pleasure that we would like to announce that the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center has been awarded $30,000 from The San Diego Foundation’s Age-Friendly Communities Program!  This grant will support our continuous efforts to enhance the lives…

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“I wish someone had told me this 25 years ago!” – A Healthy Mouth is part of a Healthy Body!

Easy Tips to Maintaining a Healthy Mouth! October is Dental Hygiene Month!  We are taking this opportunity to help raise awareness on the importance of good oral health.  Keeping a healthy mouth and smile during our lifetime not only reduces the need for extensive dental work as we age, but it also helps decrease the…

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Senior Dental Center Awarded Grant from The San Diego Foundation

“I honestly didn’t have the money…They took care of me.  They made sure I was safe,” were the words patient Anthony Arriaga used to describe his experience after receiving treatment at the Senior Dental Center.  His care, and that of hundreds of more seniors has been possible thanks to a grant of $46,000 from The…

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Today is National Fresh Breath Day!

What a wonderful feeling it is when your teeth are recently brushed and you feel that cool, minty freshness expelling as you speak! We would hate to reveal that our earlier meal was heavy on garlic or onions! But having not-so fresh breath could be an indicator of much more than just what you had…

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CA-OPEN Sign Ons Needed: Federal Bill to Permanently Add Dental Benefits to Medicaid

Putting the needs of older adults in California, and nation-wide, is a priority for us here at The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center. We believe that it is essential that all adults who rely on Medicaid for their health care, are able to receive the comprehensive dental coverage they need. Poor oral health…

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Older Americans Month: Communities of Strength

It has been a little over a year since our lives were turned upside down when the COVID-19 pandemic took over the way our community interacts.  We have had to adapt to new ways of supporting each other to find the strength and resilience that is necessary to keep united and strong. The power of…

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“Building Bridges to Better Health”

Image Source: http://nphw.org/About-NPHW/Thank-You   Every year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) develops a campaign to bring together our nation in observance of National Public Health Week (NPHW). It is a full week aimed at recognizing and highlighting issues that are important to improving our nation’s health. Its primary goal is to dedicate this time…

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World Oral Health Day

The importance of personal dental care is something that should never be taken lightly.  As we age, this becomes a crucial factor in our overall health, as it contributes significantly to our quality of life and general well-being. Be proud of your mouth! The FDI World Dental Federation has declared March 20th as World Oral…

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