Lt. Governor Newsom visits massive Free Dental Care clinic in San Mateo


SAN MATEO - With an estimated 30-percent of Californians experiencing barriers to dental care, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom visited the California Dental Association Foundation's "CDA Cares" dental clinic in San Mateo on Saturday, where an estimated 2,000 patients were expected.

The event offered oral healthcare and education at no charge, and community volunteers donated their time and skills to this two-day event. CDA cares, with the help of 16,857 volunteers, has provided $16.4 million in care to more than 20,000 people since 2012.

The recurring event was spurred by recession-era cuts to California's Medi-Cal dental program, which remains chronically underfunded and leaves many - including the working poor - without access to dental care.

Pictures from the event were published on Lt. Governor Newsom's Facebook page.