Category: Press

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…

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…

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…

Gavin Newsom visits Senior Center during San Diego campaign stop

California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat running for governor, visits the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, the Serving Seniors location in downtown San Diego during a campaign stop, May 31, 2018.

Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center Works to Meet Overwhelming Demand for Oral Health Services

Low income seniors come forward with significant dental issues after years of neglect, as nonprofit community dental center marks first year of operation.   SAN DIEGO – NOV. 16, 2017 – In its first year of operation, the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, a nonprofit community dental center based in San Diego, reports…

The New York Times: With Age Comes a Mouthful of Trouble

Alex Maddalena, 79, at an appointment with Dr. Karen Becerra of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center in San Diego. Mr. Maddalena went to the clinic in January for his first check-up in five years. Credit Carlos Moreno for The New York Times Alex Maddalena had gone five years without seeing a dentist….