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Veterans to receive free dental care on June 24

Thousands of veterans will receive free dental care on Saturday, June 24th, when doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 35 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service – an event that is expected to be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans in 2017.

Like millions of other Americans, veterans can struggle to find oral health care when they need it. That’s why Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative launched in 2014, is focusing its efforts on helping veterans get the dental care they need.

Here is how you can help

  • Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a participating practice in their community and schedule an appointment in advance – space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!
  • Spread the word in your community!  Be sure to use #HealthyMouthMovement and tag Aspen Dental when posting on social media.

Sample Post

On June 24th @AspenDental practices in Indiana will be providing free dental care to veterans. Call 1-844-AspenHMM to schedule an appointment! #Healthy MouthMovement

Participating Practices in Indiana: Indianapolis, (E. Washington St), Indianapolis (Southport Rd), Indianapolis (University), Indianapolis (Lawrence), Indianapolis (Castleton), Merrillville, Highland, Anderson, Valparaiso, Michigan City, Fort Wayne, Columbus, Avon, Crawfordsville, Muncie, Mishawaka, Goshen, South Bend, Terre Haute and Vincennes.

More about Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement

The Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM) is a community-giving initiative launched in 2014 to deliver free dental care to thousands of people in need in communities across the U.S. and oral health education to millions more. Since 2014, nearly 12,000 patients have received free dental care through the HMM – an initiative that has spanned 33 states, resulting in more than $7.5 million dollars in free dental care, thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental practices across the U.S.

As you know, people who want a healthy mouth often struggle to find oral health care when they need it due to limited access to dentists, high costs, or lack of insurance. Those barriers kept more than 155 million American adults from visiting a dentist in the past year – just over half the adult population in the U.S.  Among those are veterans, a patient population that resonated deeply with the volunteers from Aspen Dental practices because veterans do not receive dental care benefits through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs unless they are 100 percent disabled or have a service-related injury to their mouths.

Since 2015, Aspen Dental has partnered with Got Your 6, a collaborative campaign that works to empower veterans and strengthen communities nationwide. Got Your 6 – meaning “I got your back”– focuses on six key pillars of veteran reintegration, including leadership, health, and education. Aspen Dental dentists and team members share in this same belief, and have helped shine a spotlight on an important issue, thereby truly making a difference in the lives of many veterans. It is a commitment that has continued in 2016, as Aspen Dental focuses once again on empowering veterans with a healthy smile.

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