Our Mission and Approach

The mission of the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is to provide state-of-the art, high-quality, affordable oral healthcare for seniors, enabling them to live healthy, independent, and productive lives.

Dr. Karen Becerra, co-founder of the Senior Dental Center, knows that action needs to be taken to improve seniors’ oral health and quality of life. Far too many seniors experience poor oral health in their golden years. This can lead to broken, painful, infected teeth that can keep patients from eating, socializing and in many instances result in depression, malnutrition, and even more serious health issues. And it is not only the dental consequences, but lack of dental care can also exacerbate chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, contribute to delayed diagnosis of serious medical conditions, and lead to preventable complications that can result in costly and complex hospital visits that have very negative effects on a person’s quality of life.

Seniors who may have cognitive decline, mobility issues, or multiple chronic health problems might find that it’s too difficult to see a family dentist, or that their dentist is no longer comfortable providing the care that they need.To address this issue, the Downtown San Diego Senior Dental Center was launched in October 2016; and now with the support and collaboration of the Gary and Mary West Foundation, we are opening our second location in San Marcos to serve the oral health needs of older adults in the North County community.

“As we undergo the natural aging process our oral health begins to require specialized treatment that caters to each individual and their needs. The mouth is part of the body and losing teeth or simply living with dental pain and infection can no longer be considered part of successful aging”. The Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center is committed to using cutting-edge technologies and techniques to help patients regain and maintain their oral health, restore functionality and enable them to eat, speak and smile with dignity”.

Our experienced clinical staff take pride in their ability to provide each and every patient the customized, age-specific oral care they need. We treat patients with complex chronic conditions and mobility limitations and offer comforting geriatric care in a serene and relaxing setting. We accommodate longer appointments for patients who need extra time to get settled or to get through a procedure. Our whole approach is whole person-centered and highly compassionate to meet the needs of our patients.

Our state-of-the-art technology and digital dentistry services enable our team to provide precise results for an optimal experience that is specific to each patient’s needs.

“We really listen to our patients, their families and caregivers and provide education about the importance of undergoing preventive and regular dental check-ups and receiving the appropriate dental treatment to maintain oral health. We are opening our doors and welcome new patients, both healthy older adults and those with more complex needs who need the special care we can provide”