ORANGE, Calif., Oct. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Responding to an urgent need for oral health, Western Dental Services, Inc., Thursday supplied dozens of needy Los Angeles citizens with critical dental treatments at CareNow, a free health clinic at the L.A. Sports Arena.
Western Dental, California's largest staff model dental HMO, sent top-level dentists to quickly and expertly evaluate and treat clinic participants, all of whom had multiple, urgent dental ailments, said volunteer Dr. Naeil Elhussiny, D.D.S., a clinical director for several Western Dental regions.
"It's obvious that a large sector of our population doesn't have sufficient dental care," said Dr. Elhussiny. "Unfortunately, we saw a lot of people who said that they had to choose between paying rent and buying food or paying for dental treatment," he said.
Dr. Elhussiny and colleagues Drs. Manoel Zarmine, Wesam Alani, and Soumava Sen performed fillings, cleanings and extractions on clinic participants.
"My group and I focused on patients who were in pain," he said. "Many also had questions about future dental care and what they could do to prevent dental disease."
To meet the enormous demand for dental information and services at the event, Western Dental volunteers distributed packets containing toothbrushes, floss and toothpaste and guides to preventive oral care.
"In this harsh economic climate, we're doing our part to ease the suffering of our most needy," said Samuel H. Gruenbaum, Western Dental President and CEO. "We absolutely plan to provide more volunteers at future health fairs," he said.
The event, which ended Sunday, provided free medical, dental and vision services to the area's uninsured, underinsured and underserved and was organized by CareNow, an L.A.-based nonprofit organization.
For more information, visit www.westerndental.com.
Western Dental Services, Inc., is the largest staff-model dental HMO and clinical provider of dental services in California. With more than 4,400 employees and over 280 company-managed dental offices throughout California, Arizona and Nevada, Western Dental is the leader in family and specialty dental care operations at convenient neighborhood locations. The company's strict quality oversight, affordable treatments, group and individual dental benefit plans, as well as evening and weekend office hours, help keep the smiles of nearly three-quarters of a million patients healthy and bright every year.
SOURCE Western Dental Services, Inc.