( ENSPIRE Health & Wellness ) Black-Owned, South LA-Based Dental Practice Brightens the Smile of America’s Got Talent Dancer
ENSPIRE Contributor: Anastasia Hanna
A Plus Dentistry is a multi-specialty dental office owned by Dr. Ndidi Uka, who continues to support and advocate for those who need her dentistry gift in South Los Angeles. Always championing the Black and Latino youth in urban areas, Dr. Uka volunteered her services to improve the smile of one of the finalist contestants, Kayana, on her favorite television show “America’s Got Talent.” She noticed a radiant Black girl in the dance troop, Compton’s Diva and Drummers, who wasn’t secure with her smile and decided to not only improve her smile but also boost her confidence.
Dr. Nididi Uka opened up her dental practices in the South Los Angeles community where she grew up. She knew her city needed her more than areas such as West Los Angeles or Beverly Hills. She always had the mission in mind to give back to her city. Kayana has an outstanding stage presence, but her chipped front tooth was stopping her from smiling. Dr. Ndidi contacted the dance troop leader, Kehil Berry, to see if they would be interested in creating some “Black Girl Magic” by gifting Kayana’s crown.
Dr. Uka has two dental practices, one in Los Angeles, CA, and the other in Carson, CA. She has been practicing for 10 years now and will continue to uplift her community. Dr. Uka understands that medical needs for underserved communities are often ignored due to cost or lack of insurance.
“I know the feeling of being stigmatized by having an imperfect smile, and no child should feel that way—especially our precious Black children who have to endure so much. I want this princess to feel confident and beautiful, and if I can assist in any way, it is my absolute pleasure to do so. My guiding principle is that ‘it’s with our hearts and hands that we make the world a better place,’ and I strive to do that every day.” says, Dr. Uka.
As one of the few Black women-owned dental practices in South Los Angeles, Dr. Uka knows her community needs her. She wants to be a positive role model to everyone that she treats—especially those little boys and girls that look like her.