Santo Domingo Health Center

Healthy People, Healthy Community, Healthy Lifestyle


Dental Clinic Services


Santo Domingo Health Center

Welcome to the Kewa Dental Clinic. As a full-service facility, our team, under the supervision of licensed and highly skilled dental professionals, provide patients with a full range of treatments such as extractions, fillings, dentures, bridges, crowns, root canals, dental cleaning and more, as well as immediate care through emergency visits. Our mission is to provide the best possible dental care for our community and to build a practice which allows us to provide comprehensive care in a comfortable, pleasant setting to each patient with dignity, respect, kindness and understanding.

When to see the dentist...

For a yearly check-up...

Your dental professional will check for cavities, plaque and tartar on your teeth. Your gums will also be checked using a special tool to measure the spaces between your teeth and gums. The check-up will also include your tongue, throat, face, head and neck to look for any signs of trouble, swelling or cancer.

For a yearly cleaning...

Brushing and flossing help clean the plaque from your teeth but you can't remove tartar at home. During the cleaning, your dental professional uses special tools to remove tartar. This is called scaling. After your teeth are scaled they may be polished. In most cases a gritty paste is used which helps remove any surface stains on your teeth. The final step of the cleaning is flossing. Your dental professional will use floss to make sure the areas between your teeth are clean.

If you have pain...

You should call the dental clinic if you have a headache, earache or pain in your jaw that lasts for more than a few days. We have limited emergency walk-in appointments available. Please call for an appointment to shorten your wait time. If you call us when your symptoms start, we can prevent the need for an emergency visit.


  • Examinations
  • Dental Emergencies
  • Deep Cleanings
  • Oral Hygiene
  • X-Rays
  • Fillings
  • Dentures & Partials
  • Extractions
  • Root Canals
  • Crowns & Bridges
  • Children's Services

  • Fluoride & Sealants
  • Examinations
  • Cleanings
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Fillings
  • Referrals for Braces

  • *Our hygienist regularly visits the Early Childhood Learning Center and the Elementary School to conduct examinations and apply sealants.


    Marcelle Martinez is our dental receptionist. She will be happy to schedule your appointment! You can reach Marchelle in the Dental Clinic directly by calling 505-465-3078.


    What are prosthodontics?

    Prosthodontic procedures include crowns, bridges, veneers, inlays, on lays, complete and partial dentures. Dental implants have become the preferred method for replacing missing teeth, so many prosthodontic procedures today are done with implants as the support instead of the natural teeth or gums. A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in the esthetic restoration and replacement of teeth.

    The health of your teeth affects your whole body. What problems could poor dental health cause?

    Poor dental health affects much more than just your teeth!


    Did you know that your oral health offers clues about your overall health or that problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body? Protect yourself by learning more about the connection between your oral health and overall health. What's the connection between oral health and overall health? Learn more about cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, Alzheimer?s disease and many other diseases affected by your oral health by clicking the link below.

    Meet the Dental Team...

    Susana Torres

    Dr. Susan Torres, DDS
    Chief Dental Officer

    Dr. Torres has joined us from Chicago, IL. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry and also earned her Master?s Degree in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been practicing in the community public health setting for the past 17 years and has been in a leadership role for the past 12 years. Dr. Torres has had the pleasure of working with several different Federally Qualified Health Centers in the Chicago and Milwaukee area. She enjoys spending time with her 2 boys. The three of them enjoy traveling and are excited to explore the Southwest.



    Chi Dang

    Chi Dang, RDH

    Thirty-one years ago, Chi escaped from Vietnam on a boat by sea. She left everything behind including her family, friends, and a home in central Vietnam to search for freedom in the United States. She went to Highland High School in Albuquerque, NM and graduated in 1993 and received a Bachelor ?s of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene from the University of New Mexico in 1998. After Chi graduated, she worked in a private practice setting for a few years. When she was in dental hygiene school, she had the chance to do an internship in school base, nursing home facilities, homeless shelters, a VA hospital, and community events that provided dental care and gave oral hygiene instructions. This caused her to fall in love with public health. In 2000, Chi made the decision to go work in a public health setting. She landed a job as a full-time dental hygienist at the University Of New Mexico Department Of Dental Surgery from 2000 to 2014, providing dental services to low income families. While working for UNM, she got accepted into the Master of Science Degree Program in Dental Hygiene where she had the opportunity to teach, give oral health presentations, work in the operating room at the UNM hospital, and rotate to a special needs facility to provide dental care for patients with intellectual/developmental disabilities. In the past years, Chi took opportunities to volunteer abroad providing dental care for the children in third-world countries like Vietnam and Venezuela. She is currently working at Santo Domingo Dental Clinic since 2014. Her passion is helping the communities who have limited resources to achieve better dental health. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.