At Aspen Dental, our mission is to break down barriers to better care, better smiles and better lives. And we've turned that mission into a movement. A Healthy Mouth Movement.
Since 2014, dentists and their teams from Aspen Dental practices across the country have provided free care to over 17,000 veterans and people in need. That's a lot of happy mouths! And we're just getting started.
So, why do we do it? Nearly 150 million Americans didn't go to the dentist last year. Millions more live in places where there is little or no access to care. Other barriers get in the way too - like cost, lack of insurance, and fear. 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.
The MouthMobile is a 42-foot long dentist office on wheels that travels state to state providing free care to vets in communities where care may not be easy to access. The MouthMobile is handicap accessible and includes two operatories and digital X-ray equipment. Appointments are required and arranged through local non-profit partners.
Here are the Fall 2017 Tour dates
- 9/21 Boston, MA
- 10/3 Traverse City, MI
- 10/5 Skokie, IL
- 10/10 Milwaukee, WI
- 10/12 Iowa City, IA
- 10/17 Omaha, NE
- 10/23 Jackson, MS
- 10/25 New Orleans, LA
- 11/4 Fort Worth, TX
On one special day every year, hundreds of Aspen Dental practices across the country open their doors exclusively to veterans and provide dental care at no cost. The goal of Day of Service is to relieve patients' pain, make them aware of what other dental needs they have, and connect them to free or low-cost resources so they can continue to address their dental care needs long-term. In 2017, over 4,500 veterans received services on that one day.
Taking it Abroad
For the past two years, doctors and their teams from Aspen Dental practices have participated in the Overseas Outreach Program. Twice a year during these trips, the volunteers provide care to people in desperate need. On average, the teams see 600 patients during each week-long trip.