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“It makes my service worth it,” Dental office provides free care to veterans

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Aspen Dental showed thanks to about 3,000 veterans nationwide Saturday with free dental care. Sixteen of those veterans got help at the office on West Memorial Rd. in Oklahoma City.

It was part of the Healthy Mouth Movement, an initiative launched in 2014 aimed at helping people who cannot afford dental care.

Saturday, Dr. Jerry Wyatt gave Karen Morgan a new smile. Morgan was in the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps and served during the Vietnam War. About five years ago, she started losing her teeth.

“I’ll be walking out of here with a full set of dentures,” Morgan said.

Over in the next room, Dr. Wyatt also took care of veteran Landon Cleek. It was a day of extractions and fillings the dentist did for free, on his own time.

"What does it mean for me to give back,” Dr. Wyatt asked. “Well these people have given everything to us.”

Thanks to those at Aspen Dental, many veterans will no longer have to live with a toothache.

Dr. Wyatt and his staff say it is the least they can do, but the service means so much more to the veterans who received the care.

"It's going to make me feel better about myself," Morgan said.

"It means they didn't forget veterans or somebody didn't," Landon Cleek said. "It makes my service worth it.”

The Aspen Dental offices in Southwest Oklahoma City and Norman also opened their doors to veterans Saturday.

Last year the company said it delivered more than $1 million dollars in dental service.


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