DALLAS – Nearly 1,000 veterans will have smiles they are proud of, thanks to a free dental clinic Friday and Saturday.
Texas Mission of Mercy is hosting the event at the Cummings Community Center, 2976 Cummings Street in Dallas. It’s the first event of its kind in Dallas, meant specifically for veterans.
It runs from 5 a.m. through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11 and Saturday, Nov. 12. Walks-ins are welcome, but they must be a veteran to receive dental care.
All services were free for veterans, from basic dental care to dentures, and more. Dozens of dentists were working on patients in a pop-up clinic set up in the community center gym.
“This is for folks who have fallen through the cracks, people who don’t have the funds to go in and get that toothache that’s been giving them trouble for months and months and months taken care of,” said Dr. Mike Giesler, chair of Texas Dental Association Smiles Foundation, which is sponsoring the event.
All dentists at the event were volunteers, and equipment was donated.
It meant a lot for veterans who desperately needed dental work.
“Really a true love attitude, these people are here with the best attitude, it’s just amazing, it’s really just beautiful how they respond to us as military veterans,” said Navy veteran Dianne Hooks.
Texas Mission of Mercy hosts several free dental clinics throughout the year, but this is the first for veterans only.
The organization runs on donations. If you would like to help, go here.