Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile Brings Free Dental Care to Pittsburgh Veterans
Highmark Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA, (May 16, 2017) – Local veterans received free dental care today aboard Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile – a 42-foot long dental office on wheels – which travels state to state providing veterans with the dental care they need for a healthy mouth – at no cost. Dentists and their teams from Aspen Dental practices in the area provided free care to 15 veterans Tuesday. Civic and community leaders, as well as representatives from the dental and veteran community joined the event to show their support.
For Tuesday’s stop in Pittsburgh, Aspen Dental partnered with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania to help identify and schedule appointments for veterans in need of dental care.
In addition to the free care – fillings, cleanings, X-rays and extractions – veterans had a unique opportunity to meet and talk with Bill Rausch, executive director of Got Your 6, a national veteran’s organization working to empower veterans to lead in their communities. For the past three years, Aspen Dental and Got Your 6 have partnered to raise awareness of the importance of dental care for veterans through Aspen Dental’s Healthy Mouth Movement.
“What the Aspen Dental team did here in Pittsburgh was incredible to experience,” said Rausch. “For both Aspen Dental and the work Got Your 6 does, it is so important for us to be on the ground, listening to veterans to not only hear their stories but really get a sense for what we can do to help provide them the tools for empowerment. Aspen Dental isn’t just giving veterans a healthy smile, they are providing veterans the encouragement to continue their service as leaders and civic assets in communities across the nation. The MouthMobile is such a valuable asset to that end.”
Aspen Dental’s MouthMobile has made stops in Pennsylvania each year during the annual tour, now in its fourth year, and for good reason: Pennsylvania has the fourth largest veteran population in the nation according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Unless veterans are 100% disabled, have been a prisoner of war, or have a service-related injury to their mouths, they do not receive dental benefits through the VA.
One of the veterans helped Tuesday was Nadine Nowlin, an Air Force veteran. “I had self-esteem issues because of my smile, and then the staff at Aspen Dental provided me a service that they wouldn’t normally provide. They were so friendly! I am truly blessed.”
Dr. John Fazio, one of three doctors giving care on the MouthMobile said of the event, “It felt good to give back to Pittsburgh veterans. It’s a privilege to see how grateful they were when really, we’re the ones who should be thanking them for their service.”
The MouthMobile now heads to Wilkes-Barre where it will provide free care for more Pennsylvania veterans.
About the Healthy Mouth Movement
Since 2014, Aspen Dental practices across the country have donated over $7.5 million in dentistry and helped more than 12,000 veterans as part of the Healthy Mouth Movement. The Healthy Mouth Movement includes both the MouthMobile and a nationwide Day of Service, when Aspen Dental practices across the country open their doors on a designated day to provide free care to veterans.
About Aspen Dental Practices
Dentists and staff at Aspen Dental practices are all about making sure patients have easy access to quality, affordable oral health care. With more than 600 offices in 36 states (including 43 practices throughout Pennsylvania), Aspen Dental-branded practices offer patients a safe, welcoming and judgment-free environment to get the full range of dental care they need along with the convenience and speed of onsite denture labs.
About Got Your 6
Got Your 6 unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners to empower veterans. We believe that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. For more information, visit www.gotyour6.org.