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Lack of dental care assistance puts patients, hospitals in painful cycle

Dr. Jeffery Luzar will see up to fifteen patients a day in the Puente a la Salud Mobile Community Clinic, an auxiliary facility belonging to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange that provides dental services. Luzar has served the indigent population since starting his dental practice in 1997 and has watched their situation grow dire over the years. The clinic was started as a way to keep dental patients out of emergency rooms. Today, however, a number of them hop over to Puente a la Salud from St. Joseph’s emergency room.