TAKING ACTION

Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

 

 

The Opportunity

Addressing the critical need for improved oral healthcare for seniors, philanthropists Gary and Mary West created the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center, a nonprofit, integrated community dental center dedicated to serving low-income seniors in downtown San Diego.

The Senior Dental Center links high-quality and affordable oral healthcare with a suite of nutrition, case management and wellness services offered through Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, creating a one-of-a-kind, integrated community-based system of care for older adults.

Changing Lives, Jim's Story


Jim has a story that many seniors share, a lack of access to affordable dental services that resulted in a nearly total loss of his teeth. Watch Jim’s transformative experience at our Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center.

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Serving Seniors

Helping seniors in poverty live healthy and fulfilling lives.

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Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center

The Senior Dental Center links affordable oral healthcare with health and social services at Serving Seniors’ Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, creating a one-stop community care center for older adults.

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Senior Dental Center News


While people might prioritize physical and mental well-being, many may not put the words “dental” and “health” next to each other in their minds. “Dental work is cosmetic,” they might say, as they put off seeing the dentist for another year. “Everyone has problems with their teeth….
Karen Becerra was working in private practice about eight years ago when she was traveling in a single-engine plane and the engine failed in the air. She was living what she thought were the last minutes of her life. When the plane was able to land safely, she knew she wanted to commit her life to a larger cause, so she began working toward using her background as a dentist to helping local seniors improve their oral health.
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