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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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Senior Dental Center receives $8,059 grant award at the San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization Awards Breakfast

The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center (SDC) was honored to receive a grant award at the San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization’s (CECO) Awards Breakfast on March 19, 2019. The $8,059 grant provided by CECO will allow SDC to purchase dental autoclave (sterilization) equipment that reduces the time needed to sterilize instruments from…

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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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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.

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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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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center Receives Health Care Product Donations from Henry Schein Cares Global Product Donation Program

Donated Health Care Products Will Help Expand Access to Care for Underserved Seniors in San Diego San Diego, CA – March 6, 2018 – The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center announced today that it has received a donation of health care products under a grant from the Henry Schein Cares Global Product…

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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…

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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….

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Grand Opening of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

Greetings, I am pleased to share exciting news. Today our founders, philanthropists Gary and Mary West, announced the grand opening of the nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center dedicated to serving low-income seniors in downtown San Diego. This is truly an exciting milestone and one that is especially meaningful to West Health and…

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