As part of Veterans Day outreach at the School of Dental Medicine, veterans and military personnel were offered the opportunity to receive complimentary dental exams at the dental clinic on Friday, Nov. 10.
During the clinic, third- and fourth-year Doctor of Dental Medicine students administered a range of services to program participants. These services included x-rays, comprehensive oral examinations, obtaining blood pressure readings and oral cancer screenings. Additionally, the students provided follow-up appointment recommendations.
Since its inception in 2018, the Veterans Day clinic has provided nearly 100 free exams. Last year, nine veterans received care and this year, more than 20 veterans made an appointment. The growth of the program is something Associate Professor Ali Syed is proud to see.
“Many veterans are not eligible for health benefits at the veterans hospitals,” said Syed. “Our aim is to assist patients who do not qualify for care elsewhere. Because numerous studies have demonstrated the connection between oral and systemic health, and I am thrilled to be part of this initiative.”