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Area veterans receive free dental care

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America's veterans are thought to have among the best healthcare coverage available. However, most veterans do not have coverage for dental services. A program kicking off today called "Dentistry Smiles on Veterans" will give free services to veterans who were honorably discharged after 1990. Nearly one hundred students and professionals will be on hand to offer cleanings and treatments at the UB Dental Clinic in Squire Hall on the South Campus.

Chris Klimecko (kli-MECKO) of the 8th District Dental Society explains how the concept came about.

"This was an initiative between organized dentistry, in this case, the 8th District Dental Society, the UB School of Dental Medicine and National Prosthodontics Awareness Week. The idea was that dentistry in the area, organized dentistry and UB, wanted to give something back to our local vets, and that's what sparked this idea."

The program will run until 3 this afternoon. Nearly 100 veterans have signed up. Appointments can be made by calling 716 829-2780.

Saturday & Sunday 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.