From X-rays to exams, a range of free dental services will be available Friday and Saturday at Cal Expo's Buildings C and D.
A cadre of volunteering dentists and assistants will throw open the doors at 5:30 a.m. to early risers lining up outside 1600 Exposition Blvd.
They're hoping to see a virtual flood of up to 1,500 people arriving to obtain free dental and oral health care services during the two days.
Volunteers will transform Cal Expo's buildings into big-tent-style health care spaces complete with rows and rows of dental chairs, oral care equipment and special lighting.
An estimated 10 million Californians, or about 30 percent of the state's population, experience barriers to oral care, such as cost, unemployment and lack of insurance, the California Dental Association says.
The CDA, which is organizing the two-day free clinic called CDA Cares with the CDA Foundation, held a similar event in May in Modesto.
There, dentists ended up serving 1,650 patients with 7,200 procedures valued at $1.2 million in dental services.
Fully 1,200 people including dentists, dental assistants, helpers and area residents volunteered to help during the Modesto event.
Cynthia H. Craft
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