Venice Dental Center

Let There Be New BeginningsOutside of Venice Dental Center

From its humble beginnings in 1969, the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center has turned into a major regional provider of quality dental care to low income and uninsured patients. Thanks to private philanthropy from the Wilson, Jennings and Bloomfield families, what began as a small, 5-chair clinic is now a 27-chair clinic that serves as the “dental home” of choice for thousands of patients annually. 

The UCLA Venice Dental Center has formed relationships with several local agencies including Upward Bound House, an independent non-profit institution that operates residential facilities for homeless families in Santa Monica and Culver City, and LA County’s Head Start program, to assist patients that otherwise could not afford dental care. Over the years, the UCLA Venice Dental Center has expanded its services to patients of all ages for all their dental care needs, and local clinics refer patients here for advanced dental treatment. 

The impact of this care has been life-changing. One Upward Bound House patient, Ms. CD, shared: “My experience has been great. I had never been to the dentist in my life before this. I have no more migraine headaches, I can eat, and I feel great. I learned how your teeth are connected to your overall health. I have no pain, I’m no longer scared, and I feel comfortable”.

With the reduction of state-supported dental coverage for adults, more individuals are seeking fee-reduced or free treatment. The UCLA Venice Dental Center is a true community clinic that serves the elderly, homeless, ethnic minorities, and children, whose needs are great and resources limited. Patient care funds for these indigent populations, as well as upgrades to infrastructure to meet the rising demand, will be needed in the near future.

WE ARE UNABLE TO COVER THESE EXPENSES ALONE; THEREFORE, PHILANTHROPY IS IMPERATIVE IN ORDER FOR US TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY DENTAL CARE TO AN EVER INCREASING NUMBER OF PATIENTS IN THE COMMUNITY.