Veterans can get free dental care this Saturday in Springfield

Dental hygienist flossing a patient's teeth during a periodic tooth cleaning, Photo Date: 2006
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Thousands of veterans can receive free dental care on Saturday, when doctors and their teams from nearly 450 Aspen Dental-branded practices in 36 states open their doors for Aspen Dental’s National Day of Service. The event could be the largest single-day oral health initiative for veterans this year.

Interested veterans should call 1-844-AspenHMM (1-844-277-3646) to find a local participating practice and schedule an appointment.

Space is limited and appointments are filling up fast!

Clinics in Missouri that still had appointment openings recently were in Jefferson City; Springfield (Glenstone Avenue location); and Bridgeton.

Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement (HMM) is a community-giving initiative launched in 2014 to deliver free dental care to veterans in need in communities across the U.S. Since 2014, more than 12,000 patients have received free dental care through the HMM - an initiative that has spanned over 35 states, resulting in more than $7.7 million dollars in free dental care, thanks to the generosity of dentists and team members from Aspen Dental-branded practices across the U.S.

Millions of Americans struggle to find the dental care they need for a healthy mouth 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 more than half the adult population in the U.S.

Veterans are the focus of Aspen Dental’s HMM as they 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, to help empower veterans with a healthy smile. Got Your 6 - meaning “I got your back”– is a collaborative campaign that works to empower veterans and strengthen communities nationwide. The organization focuses on veteran reintegration through its leadership, health and education programs.

Aspen Dental branded dental practices are independently owned and operated by licensed dentists. For more information about the relationship between Aspen Dental Management and the branded practices, please visit www.aspendental.com.