The California Dental Association’s (CDA) CDA Cares, a volunteer dental program that offers free dental work to Californians and is hosted by the CDA Foundation, will be returning to the Central Valley this October after a successful event held in Ventura this past April.
The CDA Cares event will be held in Stockton Oct. 15-16 at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds. The event will focus on helping the people in a community who are in desperate need of dental care.
“The population is primarily an agriculture community so you have a high number of migrant and seasonal workers,” CDA Cares Stockton Co-Chair Bruce Toy said. “And since the recession, Stockton has been a slow recovery area of high unemployment. Being that it is an agriculture-based community, there aren’t technical jobs so farming is the main employer. There is a high poverty rate and high unemployment.”
Toy has practiced in the Stockton community for 35 years, has chaired the Give Kids a Smile local events, volunteered at seven CDA Cares events and started his own free dental clinic in the area.
Along with providing free dental care, CDA Cares also educates about the importance of good oral health.