CHC clinics add orthodontia 

Community Health Centers of the Central Coast Dental Department recently added orthodontia services to children and adults through its dental clinics in Santa Maria, Nipomo, Lompoc and Templeton. 

The new service is offered by orthodontist Raj Lotwala, a member of the American Association of Orthodontics and a graduate of the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine and the University of Washington School of Dentistry, Department of Orthodontics. 

Lotwala practiced dentistry with Community Health Centers for two years prior to receiving his orthodontia training.

Orthodontic care involves the use of such devices as braces to straighten teeth, correct problems with bite, close gaps between teeth and align teeth properly. 

In young children, orthodontic treatment may guide proper jaw growth. 

Lotwala will see patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and the first Saturday of the month. 

For more information, contact the CHC Dental Department at 929-3254.

PG&E awards grant to GB

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. representatives recently presented Grover Beach with a check for $10,275 to pay for energy efficient lighting at sports courts.

The grant was awarded through a competitive process with the company’s Charitable Contributions Program, said Kathy Petker, Grover Beach Parks and Recreation Department director.

Funds will be used to replace existing lamps at city basketball and tennis courts with more energy-efficient versions that use less wattage, Petker said.  

The new lamps are expected to save the city more than 40 percent on its annual expenses and will support energy sustainability. 

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