History & Background Assistance League of Newport-Mesa began their efforts in supporting children’s oral health care when in 1941 the Newport Grammar School nurse, Mrs. Tubbs, expressed concern for a few students who were in need of proper dental care. Nine students were identified as potential patients, two local dentists agreed to cooperate, Assistance League members provided funding and transportation for the children and the Dental Project was born.


On September 18, 1952, the Assistance League opened their first dental clinic located on the Balboa Peninsula. Made possible by a grant from the Irvine Foundation, this two chair facility would see between 20 and 25 children per day that were referred by the surrounding schools.

Over the years, the Dental Center moved twice and finally came to rest in 1992 where it is today located in Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s building in Costa Mesa. The Dental Center was renamed the after Cheri Harris in 2004 in memory of her commitment as a volunteer and as a generous donor.


Today, the Cheri Harris Dental Center is one of the major programs of Assistance League of Newport-Mesa that provides much needed dental care for low-income families in Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and neighboring communities. Accepting patients between the ages of 5 and 30, the care includes general and preventive dentistry, crowns, root canals, sealants as well as emergency services. The cost for a new patients office visit is just $20 and includes a full set of x-rays and an office cleaning. Regular cleaning visits are just $20. Applications may be obtained from the school nurses for those enrolled in the NMUSD. All others may call or stop by the Dental Center office.

The Dental Center is fully funded by the Assistance League from sales at its thrift and consignment shops, contributions, community grants and annual fundraising events. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or simply get more information about Assistance League of Newport-Mesa or SmileOnU visit: www.alnm.org and www.smileonu.org

The Cheri Harris Dental Center is located on the first floor of Assistance League of Newport-Mesa’s
building at: 2220 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 / Phone: (949) 645-2882 / eMail: alnewportmesa.denta@att.net


Services We Provide
The care includes general and preventive dentistry, root canals, composite restoration, crowns, bridges, sealants, emergency services and recently introduced implant procedures. The center provides comprehensive, ongoing dental care to underserved children and young adults in the community.



The Cheri Harris Dental Center is accepting new patients between the ages of 5 and 30. Call today to schedule an interview to see if you qualify for our program as a low-income family. The initial exam is only $20 and includes a full set of x-rays and a cleaning. Regular office visits are just $20 for a cleaning.

Financial Commitments

The center does not accept dental insurance, but a nominal fee is charged for all dental procedures. Orthodontic fees are also reduced. It also provides orthodontic treatments for children from pre-kindergarten through age 30.


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