Penn Dental Medicine Holds Day of Free Screenings for Veterans
Philadelphia – In conjunction with Veterans Day, Penn Dental Medicine joined in honoring those who have served our country, opening its doors to Veterans on November 12 for a day of free oral screenings and assistance in getting the dental care they need at Penn Dental Medicine. The service day was booked to capacity with nearly 60 Veterans from the region participating.
“We were honored to welcome Veterans from our community, and we want them to know Penn Dental is a place they can find care,” says Dr. Najeed Saleh, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. “Our students, staff, and faculty did a tremendous job in making this day a success, and we look forward to continuing to serve our Veterans.”
On this day of service, Penn Dental Medicine students and faculty provided free comprehensive screening exams, including oral cancer screenings, as well as free x-rays as needed. Participating Veterans also received oral health care information and supplies, and clinical staff worked with them to schedule follow-up care. City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, who presently represents the Third District of Philadelphia in which Penn Dental Medicine is located, also supported the event with her attendance.
With the goal of supporting Veterans’ oral health care needs on an ongoing basis, Penn Dental Medicine offers Veterans an initial 20% discount for dental care within the School’s clinics, followed with a sliding scale fee schedule. In addition, a special appointment line devoted solely to serving Veterans has been established at 215-573-VETS.