“Serving Those Who’ve Served”
November 4th, 2017
The “Veterans Smile Day” mission is to provide free dental care and support to our military veterans as our small way of thanking them for their service. Our hope is that in the process, veteran’s will find a permanent dental home for themselves and their families.
While serving my country as a U.S. Navy dentist deployed to Iraq with my Marines, I saw firsthand what was occurring to the physical and mental health of our military members. These wars and overseas battles have severely damaged our returning heroes.
The common misconception is that veterans qualify for full benefits upon their return from active duty, but U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals have long waiting times and provide only limited care. Knowing this, I promised that when I finished my military career and transitioned back into private practice, I would help my fellow veterans.
Veterans Smile Day begins
On Veterans Day weekend in 2012, we held our first Veterans Smile Day event, and treated 35 grateful veterans to free services—everything from routine prophies to extractions, and all the way up to root canals. I wanted to help more veterans the next year, so I reached out through social media to recruit more dentists to participate. About 10 offices across the U.S. held their own events in 2013.
Inspired by how the program had grown in just two years, I decided to further spread awareness of veterans’ dental needs. I contacted a classmate from USC School of Dentistry, Dr. Karin Irani, who’s active at the ADA. Thanks to her help, Veterans Smile Day became a national event with corporate sponsors, including Henry Schein and Proctor & Gamble. Last year, five different dental societies participated, and the volunteer numbers reached 300. More than 1,500 veterans received care throughout the United States.
Service for service members
It has been amazing to see the level of interest and participation increase. The dental community has the opportunity to really make a difference in our country. Giving just one day of dental care—which dentists can do by volunteering their time or office for the Veterans Smile Day event—can truly change the life of a veteran.
We need to open our doors—and hearts—to this very grateful population that deserves our help. They’ve kept us safe; the least we can do in response is to show our appreciation by doing what we do best.
Bryant R. Green
Bryant R Green
Bryant R. Green
I want to thank you for the free and professional service that you provided for me today. It is well appreciated because veterans are not awarded dental insurance. This is a wonderful free service that you provide for us veterans. Thank You Bryant R. Green
Bryant R. Green
Although this is a large practice, you never feel like just a number. From the minute you walk in the door, you are greeted and your care is very personal as all of the staff greet you by name with a smile. The hygienists and doctors are good with adults and children and as parents juggling work, school and extracurricular activities for two young boys I am appreciative that I can make appointments together. Also, as a local in the community I praise the staff at Brickworks for their ongoing involvement in health and wellness through participation in hosting community events. I would highly recommended Brickworks Dental for their high quality medical care and friendly staff!