Free Dental Care Event in K-Town This Saturday

October 9, 2013

Provided by Wilshire Bank & UCLA School of Dentistry

By Chul-Soo Kim

Wilshire Bank and the UCLA School of Dentistry, in a collaborative partnership, will provide free dental care in Koreatown of Los Angeles this Saturday.

This event will take place at the Wilshire State Bank located at 3200 Wilshire Boulevard, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

The patient examination and screening procedures will be held at the bank while actual dental treatment will be held at the School’s Westwood clinic the following Saturday for selected patients from the screening procedures. Transportation will be provided by Wilshire Bank for these patients.

Approximately 40 staff members and students from the UCLA School of Dentistry will be participants in this event.

Sealants will be available for children.

Wilshire Bank pledged $100,000 over a 5-year period to the dental school in order to provide free dental care to the community. The funding will deliver oral health screening exams, oral care instructions and dental home care kits to people who are in dire need of dental care. In addition, the treatment plans generated by these screenings will create an opportunity for those severely lacking in access to receive definitive dental care and oral health education at the UCLA School of Dentistry’s clinics.

“Wilshire Bank has a large presence in downtown Los Angeles and the health and well-being of the citizens of this community are extremely important to us,” said Jae Whan Yoo, President and CEO of Wilshire Bank, in a statement. Dr. No-Hee Park, dean of the UCLA School of Dentistry, added, “Dentists tend to be the health care providers who diagnose health problems in their early stages. A large percentage of systemic diseases have oral manifestations, including swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems.”

Anyone can receive free dental care but it is necessary to make an appointment. For more information or to make appointments, call (213) 637-2753.

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