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Event helps provide nation's veterans with free dental care

Aspen Dental, in partnership with the Joseph House for Homeless Veterans, provided an afternoon of free dental care for local veterans on Tuesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste) Aspen Dental, in partnership with the Joseph House for Homeless Veterans, provided an afternoon of free dental care for local veterans on Tuesday. (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Mike Woeste)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

An event to help our nation's veterans ensure they keep their smiles white.

Aspen Dental, in partnership with the Joseph House for Homeless Veterans, provided an afternoon of free dental care for local veterans on Tuesday.

The event made possible by several volunteers, and the MouthMobile - a 42-foot dentist office on wheels.

“We're serving the veterans of America, doing free dental work for them, free exams,” said Dr. Kumar, of Aspen Dental. “We're just trying to help everyone out as much as we possibly can.”

Including a local veteran who served in the Mediterranean from 1980 to 1982. He tells us he is one of the 150 million Americans who didn't see a dentist last year.

“I had lost my job in December, so it's been a little over a year,” said participant Jim Rittenner. “I just had one tooth break off, so I wanted to see if I could get something done with that. It's great, it's a life saver for me.”

This serves as the eighth stop on the 2015 Healthy Mouth Movement, a program that helps veterans who are unable to find oral healthcare, due to barriers like their financial situation, availability, time, insurance, or emotional fears.

Visit their website for more information: http://bit.ly/SwuGZM

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