The Morning Blend


Dental Care for Veterans

Posted at 9:18 AM, May 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-16 09:18:50-04
May is a time to honor those who have died serving our country – and now it’s also a time to help thousands of military who have returned to the U.S. and have retired, but still need some extra help.
It’s the perfect time to help a vet with any special needs he/she may have. Being a veteran and a senior can be a two-fold problem for some vets, since they may be at an even higher risk of added dental problems with no means of relief. Like millions of Americans, veterans don’t get the dental care they need due to barriers like cost, fear, lack of insurance, or the fact that they may live in places where there is little or no access to care. This is especially challenging for the majority of U.S. veterans as they are not eligible for dental benefits through the Veterans Administration unless they are 100% disabled, have a service-related mouth injury or were a prisoner of war.
Dental care is crucial not only to an individual’s overall health, but to many livelihoods too. When meeting prospective employers, or in industries where interacting face-to-face is a routine part of the job, having clean, healthy teeth can be a huge advantage.
In an effort to serve the men and women who have served our country, The Healthy Mouth Movement is working to close the gap for those veterans who have not been able to afford necessary dental care. The program is sponsored by Aspen Dental and nearly 450 of its offices across the U.S. will offer its Day of Service event on Saturday, June 9th, providing free dental care to thousands of veterans.
On Wednesday, May 2nd, join dentists, Dr. Jere Gillan (an Air Force vet) and Dr. Anita Imadomwanyi who will outline the need for dental care for vets and explain the plan to provide free dental care. They can also talk about the MouthMobile, the 42-foot mobile dentist office on wheels which drives directly into veteran communities to offer free care on a nationwide, yearlong tour.
When you book a window, we’ll provide you with guest bio & suggested questions. Interview is courtesy: Aspen Dental