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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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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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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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[Updated 09/01/2020] Letter to our Senior Dental Center Patients regarding COVID-19

Information posted on September 1, 2020 To our valued senior patients, We hope you and your loved ones are doing well. The last few months have been challenging for our communities. Nevertheless, as the current situation begins to improve slowly, we have reopened our offices since July 15th and we are working towards returning to…

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September is Healthy Aging Month

As we age, a focus on our health becomes more important every day. September has been named the Month of Healthy Aging; a reminder to us that growing older is a beautiful process. The Senior Dental Center would like to encourage you to implement physical, mental, and social wellness practices into your daily routine. These…

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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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Our Very Own Front-Line Hero, Dr. Karen Becerra!

Dentist — runs two nonprofit community dental clinics, in downtown San Diego and San Marcos By: U-T STAFF Post Date: June 4, 2020 Please describe how you’re helping the community at this time. “As it was necessary to suspend our in-person oral health services, my team and I quickly leveraged and bolstered our telehealth and teledentistry…

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CA-OPEN Defense of Adult Dental Benefits

Older adults in California need our help. California has recently proposed to reduce adult dental benefits down to 2014 levels. If the reductions in adult benefits are approved society will undergo long term consequences on their overall health along with limiting their access to services! The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center has signed…

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KOGO Radio: Dr. Karen Becerra Discusses Seniors During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Aired: May 13, 2020 Dr. Karen Becerra and KOGO interviewer, Maryilyn Hyder discuss the level of vulnerability seniors are undergoing during the COVID-19 pandemic and what the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is doing to address the needs of the seniors in the San Diego community. The Senior Dental Center is offering Teledentistry…

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