Aspen Dental dentists and teams will be volunteering their time and to provide free dental care to local veterans on Friday in Frankfort.
Aspen will be parking its MouthMobile – a 42-foot dentist office on wheels – at the state capitol building and will provide care from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This is the seventh tour stop of the 2016 Healthy Mouth Movement, a program that helps veterans who are unable to find oral healthcare, due to barriers like finances, availability, time, insurance, or fears – especially since the VA does not cover dental benefits unless a veteran is 100 percent disabled, among other classifications, a requirement many do not qualify for.
Here are some important facts about oral health issues:
— Millions of people – including our veterans – have obstacles to dental care such as access and cost.
— 150 million Americans didn’t go to the dentist last year.
— Nearly 40 percent of Americans say they have limited or will limit dental care due to their financial situation, despite 80 percent knowing that that delaying routine dental visits will cost more money over time.
— Nearly one in five Americans would fix problems with their car ahead of addressing pain in their mouth (17 percent).
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.
Advance appointments were required and were made through local veteran organizations.
For more information, visit www.HealthyMouthMovement.com.
From HMM Communications