Tooth and Nail: Taking a Bite Out of Dental Care

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By Kelly Ross

Poor oral health has been linked to serious health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, respiratory disease, and even certain types of cancer. And believe it or not, there is a positive correlation between supporting good jobs and dental hygiene.

Organized labor has long been an advocate for good oral healthcare – not only for the health of our communities, but as union members in the field working as dentists in SEIU, AFSCME, and The Union of American Physicians and Dentists. These professionals work to provide quality dental health care with a smile, knowing they don the union label, promoting good jobs and a strong middle class.

Dr. Abraham Ghorbanian, Labor 411 sponsor and CEO of Aava Dental – a union friendly establishment with 10 locations in Southern California – believes in providing quality health care while supporting good jobs that pay fair wages.

“It’s the solid middle class that keeps the economy going. I believe that if the unions are not there, the middle class would get dissolved. Then it just becomes the rich and the poor. And that’s not good for the economy,” said Ghorbanian, who prides himself in the care that he is able to provide to union members every day.

“We had a lot of unions support us because wherever a union was on strike, we gave them free emergency care. Any time the unions needed us, we were there for them. In turn they are very supportive of our offices,” he said.

Aava Dental is a prime example of a company that puts working people first. Dr. Ghorbanian believes that “employees have to be like your family. You have to be protective of them; you have to take care of them.” Here at Labor 411 we couldn’t agree more.


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