Aspen Dental teams provide free dental care to more than 4,000 veterans on Day of Service
Aspen Dental dentists and teams from Maine to Washington - and hundreds of practices in between - volunteered their time and talents to give back to veterans in their communities on one big Day of Service on Saturday, June 25. As part of the Healthy Mouth Movement, this marked the third annual Day of Service where nearly 400 participating Aspen Dental offices donated more than $2.1 million dollars in dentistry in one single day – empowering more than 4,000 veterans with a healthy smile.
Thousands of stories were shared that day, but one story about Allen Williams, a veteran who has selflessly helped those around him all his life, was particularly moving as the Aspen Dental team in Waterloo, IA surprised him with a healthy and beautiful new smile. While the 2016 Day of Service has passed, check back often for more information on how Aspen Dental dentists and teams will be serving veterans in the future.
A Marine is supposed to be able to smile and look at themselves in the mirror
Allen Williams serves his family and community every day but was embarrassed to smile—until Aspen offered him and 4000+ vets free dental care. See his story.
Where will the MouthMobile be next?
Thank you to all our local veteran organization partners who allowed Aspen Dental dentists and teams to bring free dental care thousands of veterans throughout the 30 city MouthMobile tour in 2016. We’re excited to announce that the Healthy Mouth Movement will continue providing free dental care in 2017. Stay tuned for dates and locations.
Having an Impact
See the results of turning a mission into a movement.
Between the MouthMobile and our Days of Service, we’ve helped thousands of people. And counting. See the results of turning a mission into a movement. The team from Aspen Dental doesn't just have a mission statement, they live it.
Healthy Mouths are Worth a Thousand Pictures
It's easy to see the difference Aspen Dental is making. Follow #HealthyMouthMovement for more photos and stories.
Do patients need to make an appointment for the Day of Service?
Yes, advance appointments are required for veterans. A dedicated phone line to make an appointment will be open in May 2017. Please continue to check back for updates.
Why are you doing this?
Nearly 150 million Americans didn’t go to the dentist last year, and millions more live in communities where there is little or no access to care. Aspen Dental has made it their mission to provide much-needed dental care and education to those who need it most.
When will the Aspen Dental practice in my town be having their day of service?
The 2016 Day of Service for veterans was held on June 25. Thousands of Aspen Dental team members were thrilled to deliver free dental care to more than 4,000 veterans. Please check back often to find out when the 2017 Day of Service will be held.
What is the Aspen Dental MouthMobile?
The Aspen Dental MouthMobile is a fully-equipped dental office on wheels, which travels directly into places where care isn’t available to provide free service and raise awareness on the importance of oral health. It has two fully-functioning treatment rooms as well as a digital X-ray unit and denture repair lab.
What kind of service will veterans be able to get?
In the spirit of helping as many veterans as possible, dentists are focused on treating the most urgent dental need of each patient by providing a dental service such as a filling, extraction or denture repair.
The first priority is to get patients out of pain, make them aware of what other dental needs they have, and connect them with free or low-cost resources in their community that will help them continue to address their dental care needs.
What about dental needs after that day?
The first priority is to get patients out of pain, make them aware of what other dental needs they have and connect them with free or low-cost resources in their community that will help them continue to address their dental care needs.
Where does the MouthMobile travel to?
Aspen Dental MouthMobile tour will continue to travel coast to coast.
Do patients need insurance/payment?
No. Aspen Dental team members are volunteering their time and talents – no payment will be accepted.
Will patients be required to prove that they are unable to afford care?
No. Patients will not be charged for any services, nor will they be asked to show any proof of income or need.
Is the MouthMobile wheelchair accessible?