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Category: Oral Health

What to Expect at Your Appointment During COVID-19

Information Last Updated on August 28, 2020 We are excited to announce that The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is now seeing patients again in our office as of August 2020, in order to provide much-needed care to people in our community. We are also continuing to provide virtual dental appointments to patients…

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Meet Our NYU Langone Residents for 2020 – 2021

We have officially launched our Advanced Education in General Dentistry (AEGD) program in collaboration with NYU Langone Dental Medicine Postdoctoral Residency Program. This residency program prepares dentists who have an interest in community dentistry with a broad range of didactic instruction and practical experience in a diverse setting – in our case, high-quality geriatric oral…

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Dental center continues support of seniors through telemedicine, dental hygiene kits

Gary & Mary West program provides needed services during COVID-19 pandemic Written By: Lauren J. Mapp Date Posted: June 1, 2020 Having a toothache is never pleasant. Having one as a senior during the global COVID-19 pandemic, when many dental offices are shuttered, compounds the situation. When 70-year-old Irma Hampton was suffering from severe pain…

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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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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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KSON Radio: Gary & Mary West Senior Dental Center, Dr. Karen Becerra and Annie J

        Dr. Karen Becerra and patient, Annie J. discuss how the Gary & Mary West Senior Dental Center strives to enable seniors to properly care for and maintain their oral health through education and dental services before it becomes more painful, complicated and costly.     Visit the KSON Radio for more…

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