Special Dental Unit Provides Oral Health Care to Homeless Veterans
Oral health care is typically the least of a homeless and disabled veteran’s problems, but it is still an important part of returning them to a healthy life. The volunteer dentists that provided dental services at the 25th Annual Stand Down in San Diego earlier this month have helped promote this area of health care.
Many of the homeless veterans seeking treatment suffer from years of missed dental exams and care that has led to loss of teeth, infections, and difficulties eating. The team included both civilian dentists and Navy dental corpsmen who not only worked on the veterans right at the cite, but also provided them with ongoing care instructions and connections to local clinics for follow-up support and supplies.
The three-day event expected to see close to 300 patients, as last year’s event treated 270. Dental care has become a more prominent focus at this annual health event, as poor oral health can also intensify other medical conditions such as heart problems. Depression and eating disorders can also develop from the pain associated with oral conditions.
Veterans who seek disability benefits can often receive a more comprehensive health care program by seeking treatment through the VA clinics in their area. If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today – 1-(800)-800-3332.