We support the not-for-profits Dentists for Veterans (www.dentistsforveterans.org) and Oral Disability Rescue (www.oraldisabilityrescue.org) created to treat the orally handicapped veterans and older adults living below the threshold of poverty.
Dentist For Veterans
Most American’s are unaware of one of our nation’s saddest secrets. Our country’s most dedicated and honored citizens, our veterans, have not had access to free dental care as part of their VA benefits.Too many veterans have been abandoned with oral disabilities that are leading to additional health risks, such as malnutrition, oral cancer, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory infections, diabetic complications, depression, and dementia. These problems never made the “headlines”, but they exist and not only affect a veteran’s general health but also have an impact on emotional and psychological well-being through speech, laughter, and social expression.
Oral Disability Rescue
Approximately 1.3 million American nursing home residents face the greatest barriers to accessing dental care and suffer in silence as their oral health and dental needs are being neglected.
Unfortunately, oral diseases are underestimated, ignored, or not detected until far too late, resulting in increased morbidity and/or mortality. Several studies have reported that, poor oral hygiene, inadequate denture stabilization, and many other dental/oral problems could result in medical problems associated with systemic and chronic diseases, such as oral cancer, cardiovascular disease, respiratory infections, diabetic complications, malnutrition, depression, and dementia.