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Neighborhood Dental Clinic Expands
updated: Aug 13, 2016, 6:24 PM

Source: Office of Rep. Lois Capps

On Friday, August 12, Rep. Lois Capps (CA-24) gave remarks at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Goleta Neighborhood Dental Clinic grand reopening. The clinic’s expansion—a tripling in size to meet the dental needs of 3,000 residents—was made possible in part through grants received from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. Capps, who also recognized August 7-13 as National Health Center Week, spoke alongside SBNC Chief Dental Officer Dr. Domenic Caluori, SBNC Chief Executive Officer and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Charles Fenzi, and SBNC Chair Steve Hicks.

The Goleta Neighborhood Dental Clinic, part of Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics (SBNC), originally opened in 2014. The Clinic accepts both private insurance and Denti-Cal, California’s fee-for-service dental program for low income and elderly patients, patients with disabilities, and children. Their services include oral hygiene/cleaning, cosmetic dentistry, pediatric dentistry, dental implants and restorations, and root canal therapy.

“The mission to deliver preventive, life-saving care to those who need it the most is at the heart of this Center,” Capps said. “Goleta Neighborhood Dental Clinic has put patients at the heart of their mission and has expanded their capacity with their needs in mind.

“Their work is especially important given our country’s separation of dental care from traditional medical care. Oral and dental health is critical to a happy and healthy life, especially in the young and at-risk populations treated by the Clinic’s dedicated staff. Congratulations to them, to SBNC, and to their community partners for this expansion that will do so much good for so many members of this community.”

According to the 2011 Report on Children’s Oral Health in Santa Barbara County, the most recent year for which data is available, dental disease affects nearly 40% of the county’s pre-school age children. In 2015, 83% of SBNC patients were considered low-income and lived at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

 

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