Dentistry4Vets mission is to provide comprehensive dental services to the underserved, often homeless Veterans of Monterey County.
The Big Idea
Dentistry4Vets is establishing a veterans dental clinic at the Montage wellness clinic in Marina to provide comprehensive dental services to underserved, underinsured and uninsured veterans. These services, provided by volunteer dentists and oral surgeons, include preventive cleanings, general dentistry, restorative dentistry (including dentures and implants)—regardless of the veteran’s ability to pay. While veterans receive excellent medical care, that does not include dental services, unless veterans
have been a prisoner of war or have a service-related disability rated 100 percent, which is a high threshold. This leaves thousands of veterans without dental care.
For many years I lived with the embarrassment of missing, discolored and broken front teeth. As a result, I very seldom smiled and very often I would cover my mouth with my hand as I encountered friends or neighbors. It was the main reason I was chronically unemployed as I did not have the confidence to undergo a job interview.
Dentistry4Vets has changed my life; yes they have. As my photo will show, I now have a beautiful smile that I can be proud of and also so very grateful.
- Glenn Owens