is a professional dental association supporting Filipino and non-Filipino dental professionals in both Southern California and the Philippines. Originally founded in 1966 as an affiliate chapter of the Philippine Dental Association, SCFDS started with the vision of helping foreign-trained dentists legitimately practice dentistry in America.
When Filipino dentists and other foreign-trained dentists first immigrated to the U.S., they were not allowed to practice dentistry, under the assumption that the education and experience of foreign-trained dentists were not to the level of U.S. standards. In California, foreign dentists had tremendous difficulty legitimizing their education and skills and had to jump through hoops, re-entering dental school with limited opportunities to even take the California required board examinations.
A group of San Francisco Filipino dentists saw the inequity of this and decided change needed to happen. They organized and began strategizing how to go about change, thus establishing the California Filipino Dental Society. Filipino dentists from all over California joined in the effort and eventually grew so large that a Southern California chapter was born, let by the first president, Dr. Juan C. Bides.
Both Northern and Southern chapters joined forces and initiated legislation to allow foreign-trained dentists to practice in California. They drew the attention of Assemblyman, Willie Brown, Jr., and Senator Milton Marks. Both legislators championed to push forth the new legislation despite stiff opposition. Eventually, the new legislation did pass with a 69-0 vote among the Assembly and a 32-0 vote in the Senate. Then governor, Ronald Reagan, signed the new legislation into law on June 12, 1969, to coincide with Philippine Independence Day. More than 3,000 foreign-trained dentists have since benefited from the efforts of the SCFDS.
Today, SCFDS boasts 300 members dedicated to professional excellence and the development of future Filipino dentists. Our goal is to secure SCFDS as the premier Filipino dental association in the region and support our members in their professional path.
Our mission is to help foreign graduate dentists legitimately practice dentistry in America and provide support, tools and guidance they need to succeed.
Our goal is to secure SCFDS as the premier Filipino dental association in the region and support our members in their professional path.