NorthBay Supports CDA’s Dental Clinics

Hundreds of patients lined up before 6 a.m. on a brisk March morning at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, seeking help they could not get anywhere else.

All were suffering from some type of dental care issues.

The two-day California Dental Association’s CDA Cares event helped 2,000 people in need of services — from cleanings and fillings to extractions and temporary partial dentures.

NorthBay again was a major sponsor of the event, as it was three years ago when CDA Cares made its debut in Solano County. NorthBay volunteers helped with check-ins and releases, as well as pharmacy needs.

NorthBay donated more than 5,000 doses of acetaminophen, amoxicillin, azithromycin and ibuprofen for the patients. Dan Ford, Pharmacy clinical practice manager, helped run the pharmacy area of the event. It wasn’t his first time.

“Three years ago, I was ‘voluntold’ by a senior manager. But I thought it was a good cause and enjoyed it,” he said. “My wife is a dentist, so we volunteered together that year. And for me, it’s all a little nostalgic as well, because my wife and I met at a volunteer dental clinic in San Diego.”

Terese Davis, director of Patient Access, was also a repeat volunteer at the event. “I volunteer mainly to give back to the underprivileged,” she explained. “I started volunteering years ago when my senior manager rallied the team to come out and volunteer. And it was great, we actually got to talk with people about insurance and how to connect with Medicare.”

For her, the best part is seeing the change patients go through. “The end result is wonderful. You see patients who come in with no teeth or severe problems with their teeth and they won’t smile. But then, when they are leaving, they are smiling and happy and don’t feel like people are staring at them,” she said. “It’s very rewarding to see that transformation.”