“Serving Those Who’ve Served”

November 4th, 2017

About Us

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.

History

Serving Those Who’ve Served – Dr Deryck Pham’s dream

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.

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Testimonials

Wolfgang Geckeler

First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for doing this great deed to help us veterans. This was my first time to come to your clinic and I was very impressed by the friendliness of your staff and the excellent service I received. (I'm sure all of the other Vets feel the same I hope). The Dr's and professional staff were very professional and told me what I need to do pertaining to my teeth and gums. Thank you again. I got there at 8:40 and was surprised by the number of veterans already lined up under the tent. I was greeted very courteous and prompt, as I also brought my paperwork already filled out with me. Coffee, doughnuts and bagels was a very nice surprise as well.

Wolfgang Geckeler

11/8/14

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2016-05-14T20:29:49+00:00

Wolfgang Geckeler

11/8/14

First of all, THANK YOU VERY MUCH for doing this great deed to help us veterans. This was my first time to come to your clinic and I was very impressed by the friendliness of your staff and the excellent service I received. (I'm sure all of the other Vets feel the same I hope). The Dr's and professional staff were very professional and told me what I need to do pertaining to my teeth and gums. Thank you again. I got there at 8:40 and was surprised by the number of veterans already lined up under the tent. I was greeted very courteous and prompt, as I also brought my paperwork already filled out with me. Coffee, doughnuts and bagels was a very nice surprise as well.

Bryant R. Green

Thank you for providing us Vets free dental care for Veteran's Day. It was a very kind act for you to do and well appreciated by us Vets. Most of us are on limited incomes and find it very difficult to afford dental care. I will never forget your act of kindness. Thanks once again.

Bryant R Green

11/9/13

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2016-05-14T20:32:16+00:00

Bryant R Green

11/9/13

Thank you for providing us Vets free dental care for Veteran's Day. It was a very kind act for you to do and well appreciated by us Vets. Most of us are on limited incomes and find it very difficult to afford dental care. I will never forget your act of kindness. Thanks once again.

Vincent B

I was properly taken care of, everyone was pleasant and it was a good experience. It was a free visit for Veterans but it was not complicated in any way. Looking forward to visiting you again. Thank You! Vincent Battaglia

Vincent B.

11/14/14

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2016-05-14T20:35:29+00:00

Vincent B.

11/14/14

I was properly taken care of, everyone was pleasant and it was a good experience. It was a free visit for Veterans but it was not complicated in any way. Looking forward to visiting you again. Thank You! Vincent Battaglia

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

11/24/14

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2016-04-28T13:05:22+00:00

Bryant R. Green

11/24/14

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

Jennifer R

Stellar service both in the office and community

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!

Jennifer R

10/26/15

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2016-04-28T13:05:38+00:00

Jennifer R

10/26/15

Stellar service both in the office and community 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!
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