Mouth Matters: Helping Our Soldiers See a Healthier Smile
Advocacy For a startling percentage of troops, returning home also means neglecting dental and oral health care—a problem that’s rooted in income, and not limited to our former soldiers.
Our nation’s veterans often face many hurdles readjusting to civilian life, especially when it comes to their oral health. Unfortunately, veterans are not eligible for dental benefits through the VA unless they are classified as 100 percent disabled, have a service-connected dental condition or have a service-oriented medical condition that is affected by their mouth.
This lack of benefits and financial concerns often leave dental care out of reach for veterans, but they are not alone: a recent survey commissioned by Aspen Dental found that 2 in 5 Americans have limited, or will delay, dental care due to financial situation.
"Unfortunately, veterans are not eligible for dental benefits through the VA unless they are classified as 100 percent disabled, have a service-connected dental condition or have a service-oriented medical condition that is affected by their mouth."
Throughout 2015, dentists have been doing something about it through an initiative that has delivered more than $2 million in free dental care and oral health education to nearly 4,000 veterans throughout the country. For these veterans, a healthy mouth renewed their sense of purpose and enabled them to be confident in their civilian lives.
Knowing there are 21.8 million military veterans living in the United States today, we’re offering a 25 percent discount on dentures and general dentistry to all active military, veterans and their spouses. This Smile for Your Service effort to expand access to dental care will not only better the lives of our military’s finest but give them the smile they need this Veteran’s Day.