Dental Section | "Good oral health improves overall well-being! We're here to help you smile!"
The Berkeley Free Clinic provides lifetime dental care to a limited number of individuals who enter and win the monthly lottery.
For the individuals who have been taken on as clients via the lottery, we provide:
- Dental examinations and check-ups
- Dental cleanings
- X-ray services
- Fillings (plastic/composite and metal/amalgam)
How do I enter the lottery to become a new lifetime client?
Dental lotteries occur on the first Wednesday of each month. The number of people we take in any lottery depends on the number of dentists and assistants we have on staff. We typically take one person per month but have taken up to four in the past.
The next Dental lotteries will be held on:
- Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
- Wednesday, April 5th, 2017
- Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
- Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
- Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
- Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
- Wednesday, September 6th, 2017
- Wednesday, October 4th, 2017
- Wednesday, November 1st, 2017
- Wednesday, December 6th, 2017
To be eligible for the lottery you must complete a dental lottery slip (available at 5:30PM at the Berkeley Free Clinic) and submit it before 6PM into the lottery fish bowl. Only one entry per person is allowed in the monthly lottery. From 6PM to 6:30PM all participants in the dental lottery must watch an oral health presentation. The name chosen from the lottery is announced at 6:30PM.
On some lottery nights 40 people enter the monthly drawing. We recommend that those who are not selected enter in the next month's lottery. Please understand that we are a free clinic and our resources are limited.
The person(s) chosen from the lottery is eligible for lifetime treatment at the Berkeley Free Clinic.
Dental services are available by appointment Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 6-9PM, and Tuesday from 7-9PM. Please remember that dental services are only available to those who have entered and been chosen in a dental lottery.
Service Expansion to Friday Nights
The dental section is starting an initiative to expand dental services to Friday nights, and will begin on the week of January 27th. Friday night services will be specially reserved for refugees and immigrants who do not have access to Denti-Cal or other forms of dental coverage. If you identify as an immigrant or refugee without access to dental coverage and are interested in free dental services at our clinic, please complete this English or Spanish application.