CHERI HARRIS DENTAL CENTER

  • The Dental Center provides low cost dental care for low-income families in our communities.
  • We provide general and preventive dentistry, plus orthodontic and endodontic programs for patients ages 4 – 30.
  • Our staff of general dentists, orthodontists, and a hygienist provides professional care and are assisted by paid office staff and trained member volunteers.
  • Our office manager is fluent in Spanish.
  • Proceeds from our Thrift Shop and Treasures on Consignment, general fundraising, grants and memorial contributions provide the funding to operate the Dental Center.
  • Our Dental Center has served the community since 1957.
  • Hey kids! Watch a short video of Luke’s visit to the office.

To determine qualification for our program or more information about the Cheri Harris Dental Center, contact us at: alnmdental@gmail.com or 949-645-2882.

LOCATION

The Cheri Harris Dental Center is located on the first floor of Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s building at: 2220 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 / Phone: 949-645-2882

Email: alnmdental@gmail.com

HOURS

Tuesday – Wednesday 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Two Fridays a month 8:30 am – 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

SERVICES
The care includes general and preventive dentistry, root canals, composite restoration, crowns, bridges, sealants, emergency services and orthodontic services. The center provides comprehensive, ongoing dental care to underserved children and young adults in the community.

QUALIFICATION

The Cheri Harris Dental Center accepts patients between the ages of 4 and 30. Call today to schedule an interview to see if you qualify for our program as a low-income family. We offer reduced rates on all services. The initial exam is only $20 and includes a full set of x-rays and a cleaning. Regular office visits are just $10 for a cleaning.

FINANCIAL COMMITMENT

The center accepts Medi-Cal dental insurance and offers reduced rates on all services for our patients without insurance.  Orthodontic treatments are also offered at significantly reduced fees.

HISTORY

Assistance League of Newport-Mesa began their efforts in supporting children’s oral health care when in 1941 the Newport Grammar School nurse, Mrs. Tubbs, expressed concern for a few students who were in need of proper dental care. Nine students were identified as potential patients; two local dentists agreed to cooperate, Assistance League members provided funding and transportation for the children and the Dental Project was born.

On September 18, 1952, Assistance League opened their first Dental Center located on the Balboa Peninsula. Made possible by a grant from the Irvine Foundation, this two chair facility would see between 20 and 25 children per day that were referred by the surrounding schools.

Over the years, the Dental Center moved twice and finally came to rest, in 1992, where it is today located in Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s building in Costa Mesa. The Dental Center was renamed after Cheri Harris in 2004 in memory of her commitment as a volunteer and as a generous donor.

Today, the Cheri Harris Dental Center is one of the major philanthropic programs of Assistance League of Newport-Mesa and provides much needed dental care for low-income families in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and neighboring communities. Accepting patients between the ages of 4 and 30, the care includes general and preventive dentistry, crowns, root canals, sealants as well as emergency services. The cost for a new patient’s office visit is just $20 and includes a full set of x-rays and an office cleaning. Regular cleaning visits are just $10. Applications may be obtained from the school nurses for those enrolled in the NMUSD. All others may call or stop by the Dental Center office.

The Dental Center is fully funded by Assistance League of Newport-Mesa from sales at its thrift and consignment shops, contributions, community grants and annual fundraising events. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or receive more information about Assistance League of Newport-Mesa, visit www.alnm.org.