Community Dental Care's Mission is to ensure equal access to quality dental care and preventive education for all.
Enrich the lives of those less fortunate.
Access to affordable quality dental care is a serious problem for low-income and minority adults, families and children right here in our community. Many new immigrants, especially of Karen (Burmese) descent, have lived for years in refugee camps without access to any dental services or dental supplies and many of their children have never seen a dentist.
Ki-Da Win is typical of the many Karen refugees that walk through our doors at Community Dental Care. She first came to our St. Paul clinic with an interpreter in early February when she had been in the US for only three weeks. She walked up the snowy sidewalk wearing flip flops, a longgyi (the wrap-around cotton skirt ubiquitous in her home country of Myanmar) and a thin sweater. Our dental assistant immediately gave her a warm coat, mittens and boots from our donated clothing collected in our annual drive.
Ki-Da’s mouth was badly stained with betel nut and she had deep pockets of calculus. We were the first dental provider she had ever encountered. We gave her the first toothbrush, toothpaste and floss she had ever owned. She has since returned for three more visits and is learning how to practice good oral hygiene home care. With your help, we are able to fulfill our mission to provide quality dental care and preventive education to all people, from all walks of life.
When Drs. Vacharee and Andrew Peterson began their clinic in East St. Paul back in 1982, they were one of the first private clinics in the Twin Cities that focused primarily on serving low-income and minority patients. To ensure continued access to high quality dental care for the large numbers of patients enrolled in public programs, the clinic was incorporated into a nonprofit in August 2004 and began serving patients as Community Dental Care in January 2005.
Thank you for your generous support for bright smiles and healthy kids and families.
Community Dental Care Saint Paul
828 Hawthorne Avenue East
St. Paul, MN 55106
Community Dental Care Maplewood
1670 Beam Avenue Suite 204
Maplewood, MN 55109
Community Dental Care Rochester
1926 College View Road SE HC #116
Rochester, MN 55904