Belpre Dental Studio plans free dental care event for veterans | News, Sports, Jobs

BELPRE — Belpre Dental Studio will hold its second annual Serving Those Who Served Veterans Day Giveback today and Friday.

Belpre Dental will offer free dental care to veterans. Free services include a cleaning, a full set of x-rays and an exam.

The first event was held last year when the response was so great it was expanded to two days of appointments instead of one this year.

“According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, of the 9.2 million veterans who are enrolled in VA health care, only about 1.4 million or 15% are eligible for comprehensive dental care,” said Dr. Stephen A. Huffman, owner and clinical lead dentist at Belpre Dental Studio. “As a result, many veterans go without proper dental care due to lack of access.”

Dental care is so crucial because it affects overall health, he said.

“When oral problems go unaddressed, they can lead to serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, respiratory issues and dementia,” Huffman said.

Belpre Dental is taking an opportunity to thank local heroes for the sacrifices they have made serving the country by providing them with necessary dental care and a positive experience, Huffman said.

“The whole team was so energized and inspired by the men and women we met last year,” Nikki Rake, office manager at Belpre Dental, said. “We are excited to be continuing this initiative to help local veterans have happy, healthy smiles.”

To schedule an appointment, call Belpre Dental at 740-423-5551 until all appointments are filled. A valid DD214 form is required for treatment. For more information, go to Belpre Dental Studio on Facebook.

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