American dentists offer free treatment to honour veterans

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Dentists across America hosted free dental events last weekend (Saturday 24th June) to celebrate the annual Day of Service event. More than 400 dental offices across the country hosted free clinics for veterans to mark the event, which is now in its fourth year.

It is estimated that around 7,000 veterans of all ages benefited from free dental treatment provided by participating dental offices over the course of the weekend. Clinics offered a range of services, including routine checks, cleaning treatments and fillings, and some also offered more complex procedures and services, such as extractions and denture repairs.

Aspen Dental’s Dr Adam Mileski, said that it’s common for veterans to go years without seeing a dentist, and the Day of Service event is all about giving back and honouring those who have served the country. Dr Mileski and his team prioritised urgent cases priding rapid relief for those in pain, and they made every effort to see as many people as possible throughout the day. Dr Mileski was particularly keen to help seniors this year, as age is a known risk factor for dental problems, and many older veterans find it difficult to access dental care.

According to research carried out by a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, only 12 percent of seniors have dental insurance, and less than 50 percent visited a dentist last year.

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