The Center for Oral Health joined forces with the L.A. Trust to create one in California, during which hundreds of community members annually participate and enjoy free dental screenings, insurance enrollment navigation, oral health education and special guest tooth fairies.

With impressive leadership at its helm, including Board Chairperson Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, and Executive Director Conrado E. Barzaga, MD, the Center for Oral Health has been dedicated to improving oral health, especially in vulnerable populations, through innovation, research, education and advocacy.

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In its first 25 years, the COH was located in the San Francisco Bay Area and in 2012 relocated its headquarters to South California.

In San Francisco this fall, the Lucy Hobbs Project will dedicate give back efforts during its 6th annual celebration of women in dentistry to support the Center for Oral Health and its mission.

Find out more about the COH efforts, such as Early Smiles Sacramento and Early Smiles San Bernardino (shown below), which reach out to families where they live, work and play to assist the youngest and most vulnerable children in the city.

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Learn more about The Lucy Hobbs Project

Benco Dental’s initiative, helping women in dentistry succeed, is 10,000 members strong. Its name honors the first U.S. woman to earn a dental degree – Dr. Lucy Hobbs Taylor.

Open to women and men dentists, dental assistants, hygienists, office managers, sales representatives and consumers, the Lucy Hobbs Project is free to join.

Annually Benco Dental hosts a national celebration in which they honor six exemplary women in dentistry. They also present Lucy Hobbs Project YOU events, partnering with universities throughout the country, and regional events where they tackle current dental trends and pressing issues within the industry, all while embracing the power of networking.

From September 13 to 15, The Lucy Hobbs Project Celebration & Straumann Digital Dentistry Symposium will deliver three days of networking, education and inspiration at The Westin St. Francis.

Attendees can earn up to 15.5 Continuing Education credits and meet this year’s six Lucy Hobbs Project Award recipients:

Sabiha S. Bunek, DDSrecipient of the Clinical Expertise Award,
Sharon K. Parsons, DDS, recipient of the Humanitarian award,
Athena S. Papas, DMD, PhD, recipient of the Industry Icon award,
Diane Johnson KruegerCEO, recipient of the Innovator award,
Jeanette Sabir-Holloway, DDSrecipient of the Mentor award, and
Rita Y. Chuang, BA, DDS, ABO, recipient of the Woman to Watch award.

Register today:

To learn more, visit

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Want to win a free trip to attend the celebration in San Francisco this fall?

Share your photo on social media with the hashtag #lhpshareyourstory and you might win.

Show how you’re networking, innovating and/or giving back. Include 1-2 sentences that explain how you empower women in dentistry. Deadline: Aug. 16. Winner announced: Aug. 23.

The grand prize includes:

— Two tickets to the event,
— roundtrip airfare for 2, and
— accommodations for 2 at The Westin St. Francis
— a donation of $500 will be made in your name to a giveback charity
of your choice.
Sponsors: Benco Dental, Straumann and Midmark Dental

No purchase necessary to win. For complete rules and details:

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