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Category: Oral Health

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) insupport 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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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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La Prensa San Diego: Karen Becerra: Bringing Smiles to Seniors

                    By Mario A. Cortez   At a dental clinic located inside Fourth Avenue’s Serving Seniors center in downtown San Diego, Karen Becerra is fighting back against a silent epidemic affecting some of our most vulnerable neighbors. “Many seniors are living with limited incomes and they…

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center to Host Free ‘Tooth Wisdom’ Workshop on June 19 Teaching Dental Health to Low-Income Seniors

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, will host “Tooth Wisdom: Get Smart About Your Mouth,” a free dental health workshop for low-income seniors developed by Oral Health America on June 19th.

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