More than 3,500 Veterans Receive Free Dental Care During National Day of Service
As part of the Healthy Mouth Movement, Aspen Dental practices recently devoted a day to providing dental services free of charge to our nation’s veterans. Dentists and team members from more than 300 Aspen Dental practices across 31 states gave back to veterans in their local communities on June 27, ultimately delivering care to more than 3,500 people.
For patients, dentists and staff alike, it was a life-changing day filled with tears, handshakes, hugs and smiles. Here is a just a glimpse of what took place during the Day of Service:
Aspen Dental Day of Service for Veterans – June 27, 2015
On June 27, 2015, Aspen Dental team members in 31 states dedicated a day to providing dental services free of charge to our nation's vets.
Salute a Veteran on Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS
Salute the veterans in your life by tagging them in a comment on Aspen Dental’s Facebook post, and their names will be displayed on Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS at Chicagoland Speedway, September 20th.
Aspen Dental practices are continuing their efforts to help veterans in need throughout the year.
Many people who want a healthy mouth struggle to find oral health care when they need it, due to access to dentists nearby, availability and time, or insurance.
Those barriers kept more than 150 million Americans from visiting a dentist last year. The Healthy Mouth Movement is a community giving initiative launched by Aspen Dental to deliver free dental care and oral health education to people in need across the United States.
Through the Healthy Mouth Movement, dentists and team members in nearly 30 states devote their time to providing much-needed dental care to those who want a healthy mouth and need it most – free of charge. 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 and to raise awareness of oral health. Additionally, hundreds of Aspen Dental practices provide free days of service as part of the Movement.
In its inaugural year, the Healthy Mouth Movement served close to 3,000 patients with the involvement of nearly 2,000 Aspen Dental volunteers. In total, doctors and team members delivered more than $1 million in free dental care.
Many of those patients were veterans, and after seeing the need that exists in this community firsthand, we decided to build on this momentum and focus our efforts in 2015 on providing care and service to those who have served our country.
Aspen Dental will work closely with local veterans’ organizations to reach those in need in their community throughout the Healthy Mouth Movement. Additionally, Aspen Dental is proud to partner 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.
Got Your 6 unites nonprofit, entertainment industry, and government partners in collective action to change the cultural narrative around veterans in America, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead here at home. Got Your 6 believes that veterans have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country and works with partners to ensure veterans can continue service in their communities as leaders and civic assets. Aspen Dental shares this belief, and through the MouthMobile tour and service of Aspen Dental team members, veterans will receive much needed dental care at 28 stops in 21 states in 2015.
Where will the MouthMobile be next?
Healthy mouths are on the way to a town near you.
The Aspen Dental MouthMobile will be making stops at local veteran organizations throughout the country to provide care to those in need. Appointments for free care for veterans on the MouthMobile will be scheduled through local partners.
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.
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?
Where does the MouthMobile travel to?
Aspen Dental MouthMobile tour will continue to travel coast to coast. For a list of locations, please check back soon.
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.