Humans of UCSF: Spreading Joy

Columnist
School of Dentistry

“CDA Cares is a bi-annual event aimed to serve populations that do not have access to dental care. This was my second time volunteering in the prosthodontics department at CDA Cares and it has been a wonderful experience on both occasions. Many dental community outreach events focus exclusively on disease control by providing services such as: dental fillings, extractions, and emergency root canal procedures.

“At CDA Cares, the focus is not only on reducing disease but also prevention of disease and restoring smiles. In the prosthodontics department, patients who have teeth extracted and those missing all their teeth leave with a brand new smile. This amazing service is made possible by one-day dentures and partial dentures. This treatment enables volunteer dentists to first reduce the burden of dental disease, then educate the patients on how to better care for their teeth, and most importantly improve their quality of life.

“The tears of joy and hugs that are shared after patients receive their new smile is a beautiful experience and will keep me coming back to helping with CDA Cares year after year.” 

Raion Sabo (left)

UCSF School of Dentistry, D3