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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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The Alpine Sun: Dentist Drills Home Risks to Seniors

By: Jessica Brodkin Webb A public statement from the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental center says they have temporarily closed the low-in­come dental clinic that serves seniors across San Diego coun­ty but are offering teleden­tistry and are in the process of preparing 5,000 home care oral hygiene kits to be distributed through delivery by…

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Letter to our Senior Dental Center Patients regarding COVID-19

Information Posted on April 9, 2020 The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center has always been proud to follow the strictest CDC guidelines for infection control and prevention of the spread of communicable diseases. Considering the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we closed our Downtown and North County clinics on March 16th and…

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for our Senior Dental Center Patients

What can I do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19? There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:…

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center Appoints Donald M. Casey, Jr. to Board of Directors

SAN DIEGO – Jan. 29, 2020 – The nonprofit Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, an organization dedicated to providing affordable, high-quality oral healthcare to low-income seniors in California, announced today that it has appointed Donald M. Casey, Jr. to its board of directors. Casey is CEO of Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer…

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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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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) in support 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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The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center awarded a grant from the San Marcos Community Foundation

  The Senior Dental Center is pleased to announce a grant award from the San Marcos Community Foundation. With these funds we purchased supplies to make same-day crowns for our patients in-house. This reduces the number of visits needed and eliminates laboratory fees for our patients. Additional grant funds supplied an Apple iPad with the…

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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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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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