Healthy Mouth Movement®

Aspen Dental is proud to bring the Healthy Mouth Movement to communities across the country.

 

What do you get when you combine a 42-foot long bright blue dental office on wheels, a world-famous NASCAR driver, more than 5,000 volunteers, and a whole lot of compassion and generosity?

A very successful community giving initiative entitled the Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM). Since 2014, nearly 7,000 patients have received free dental care through the HMM, that has spanned more than 30 states and resulted in nearly $4 million dollars in free dental care and oral health education to people in need thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental practices across the U.S.

What you may not know is that many people who want a healthy mouth struggle to find oral health care when they need it, due to access to dentists nearby, cost, or lack of insurance. Those barriers kept more than 155 million American adults from visiting a dentist in the past year – that is just over half the adult population in the U.S.!

The Healthy Mouth Movement delivers care in two ways. The Aspen Dental MouthMobile, a fully-equipped dental office on wheels, goes directly into communities where care isn’t readily available to provide free services in partnership with local non-profit organizations. In addition, every year hundreds of Aspen Dental practices open their doors on a select Saturday to provide a free day of care.

It’s an initiative that was launched with the support of the most celebrated female racecar driver of all time, Danica Patrick, who has lent her considerable celebrity to help turn up the volume on the conversation about the often-overlooked issue of oral health.

In its inaugural year, the HMM served close to 3,000 patients with the involvement of nearly 2,000 Aspen Dental volunteers. Many of those patients were veterans, a patient population that resonated deeply with the Aspen Dental volunteers because veterans do not receive dental care benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs unless they are 100% disabled or have a service-related injury to their mouths.

In 2015, to further strengthen its commitment to veterans, Aspen Dental partnered with Got Your 6, a collaborative campaign that works to empower veterans and strengthen communities nationwide by uniting veterans’ organizations and engaging civilians to bridge the civilian-military divide. Got Your 6 – meaning “I got your back”– focuses on six key pillars of veteran reintegration, including leadership, health, and education.

Aspen Dental dentists and team members share in this same belief, and have helped shine a spotlight on an important issue, thereby truly making a difference in the lives of many veterans. It’s a commitment that will continue in 2016, as Aspen Dental focuses once again on empowering veterans with a healthy smile.

 

Danica Patrick Honors More Than 2,200 Veterans at Chicago Speedway

This year, Aspen Dental practices have provided free dental care to more than 3,800 veterans as part of our Healthy Mouth Movement. Earlier in the year, you joined us by saluting veterans in your life on Facebook. We received more than 2,200 salutes, and those names ended up in an unlikely place—on Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS at Chicagoland Motor Speedway on September 20th, 2015.

Check out how we put veterans on track with Danica Patrick. Watch and share this heartwarming video. (You might want to have a Kleenex nearby!)

 

We surprised 2,200 veterans with what might be the world’s fastest salute.

See how Aspen Dental practices and Danica Patrick made it happen.

 

Where will the MouthMobile be next?

Bringing a healthy smile to a town near you.

We're excited to announce that the Healthy Mouth Movement will continue in 2016

 
25
February
MouthMobile
  • Atlanta, GA
MouthMobile Community Giving Event
 
01
March
MouthMobile
  • Jacksonville, FL
MouthMobile Community Giving Event
 
03
March
MouthMobile
  • Daytona Beach, FL
MouthMobile Community Giving Event
 

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.

 

FAQ

When will the Aspen Dental practice in my town be having their day of service?

The 2015 Day of Service was held on June 27.  Stay tuned for plans for 2016!

Do patients need to make an appointment for the Day of Service?

Yes, advance appointments were required.

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 will be 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.

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.

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.

Is the MouthMobile wheelchair accessible?

Yes.

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.