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Thousands in Need Turn Out for Free Vallejo Dental Clinic

A winning smile can be a great asset during a job interview. And getting a job can help you pay for things like dental insurance, which will help you keep that winning smile. But if your smile is already less-than-perfect, the cycle described above can be a difficult one to break into. Jacqueline Fernandez knows […]

Thousands in Need Turn Out for Free Vallejo Dental Clinic

A winning smile can be a great asset during a job interview. And getting a job can help you pay for things like dental insurance, which will help you keep that winning smile.

But if your smile is already less-than-perfect, the cycle described above can be a difficult one to break into.

Jacqueline Fernandez knows all too well how tough it can be negotiate the job market when you’re reluctant to smile. Complications from diabetes resulted in the total extraction of all her teeth. She’s wanted dentures for seven years, but her dental insurance deductible was too high.

“If you can’t afford the deductible, you can’t afford it,” said Fernandez. “And I can’t find a job in order to afford it.”

But Fernandez is smiling now.

She was one of nearly 2,000 patients to receive dental care, absolutely free of charge, at a two-day clinic at the Solano County Fairgrounds this past weekend.

The California Dental Association Foundation organized the event to provide dental services such as fillings, cleanings, and exams. The event even included an on-site dental lab to provide dentures to patients who needed them.

The clinic was staffed by 400 dental hygienists, 400 dentists, and 900 other volunteer support personnel.

Many insurance plans consider services such as dentures and restoration to be cosmetic. The procedures themselves can be time-consuming, complicated, and certainly expensive. Some procedures require the use of IV sedation, where a sedative is administered through an intravenous needle. This kind of sedation requires a high level of training and certification.

But preventative care is always more affordable, in the long run. Dr. James Stephens, a Palo Alto dentist who volunteered at the free clinic, commented that weekend on the types of procedures performed.

“A lot of what we’re doing today is treating things that could have been prevented,” he stated. “It’s a lot more expensive to treat things than prevent them.”

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