Local dentist offices to provide free dental care to veterans

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DECATUR, Ala. - On Saturday, veterans can receive free dental care at two different Aspen Dental practices in North Alabama.

It is part of a wider initiative. 450 Aspen Dental practices across the country are providing a free day of dental care for veterans on June 24, 2017.

If you are interested, you are asked to make appointments in advance. You can call 844-ASPEN-HMM to make that appointment.

Aspen Dental says advance appointments are required to take advantage of the free services.

They also say that during appointments the volunteering dentists will focus on the most urgent needs for each patient. That can include fillings, extractions, even basic denture repair. They want to help get veterans out of dental pain, because many veterans don't have access to care. Dentists say Veterans Affairs benefits do not include dental care unless a veteran is 100% disabled.

Aspen Dental has two North Alabama locations. One is in Florence, the other is in Decatur.

  1. Dr. J. Morris
    310 Cox Creek Parkway
    Florence, AL 35630
  2. Dr. K. Greene
    1821 Beltline Road SW
    Decatur, AL 35601

There are also offices in Cullman, Gadsden, and Tullahoma, TN.

Appointments can be made from 9 AM-1 PM.

"My number one goal is to get patients out of pain," said Dr. Kevin Greene. "And, everyone knows your smile is self esteem. Confidence.  So being able to give that back to those veterans is really big to me. Working for a company that does that is really big to me, makes me give my all."

He says veterans shouldn't be afraid to come receive help. He is excited to provide it, and wants to encourage those who are embarrassed, or worrying about tooth problems to come in.

"A lot of them are overlooked," he said. "They're in pain, they have nowhere else to go." He added, "No judgment when they come to us. Our goal is to treat them and give their smile back."

The company provided through a media release:

The June 24 Day of Service will be Aspen Dental’s fourth annual, and is the largest single-day oral health initiative targeted at veterans. It’s part of Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement, a community-giving initiative to deliver free dental care to veterans.

"Our goal is to break down barriers to care," Greene said. "We would love to have you and treat you. Thank you for your service."

Click here for more information about the free dental day for veterans.