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Dental Program for the Poor Partially Restored, But They May Still Have to Wait

The phones at Dientes Community Dental Care have been ringing almost constantly since California restored its dental program for low-income adults this month.

“We can’t keep up with the phones, in fact,” said Yari Alvarado, front-office supervisor. The Santa Cruz clinic has been so overwhelmed since the benefits were restored on May 1 that half way through this month the clinic placed a temporary hold on new patients until more appointment times opened up on the calendar, she said. The clinic is booked solid for the next three months.