Most people have heard a dentist emphasize the importance of brushing and flossing daily. What often goes unsaid is that failing to do so can cause gum disease, which if left untreated, can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream and cause serious health issues beyond just your mouth.

For those who don’t have dental insurance, this could be inevitable. But, it doesn’t have to be. The California Dental Association Foundation is hosting a CDA Cares free dental clinic Saturday, Aug. 13 at Children’s Dental Health Clinic at 455 E. Columbia St. in Long Beach. Dentists and dental professionals will provide free cleanings, fillings, extractions, and oral health education to adults and children in need.

Appointments are required in advance and can be made by calling 916-554-5923. There will be no day-of appointments and waiting lines will not be permitted. In addition, to ensure the health and safety of everyone in attendance, a rapid COVID-19 test will be administered regardless of vaccination status before treatment is provided.

On this episode of “The Word” podcast, Jackie Rae sits down with Dr. John Blake, the executive director of the Children’s Dental Health Clinic to learn more about this free event.

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