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Smiles for Veterans started by local

 


Smiles for Veterans is a not for profit organization that provides free dental care for needy and homeless veterans plus their immediate family members.

Their first annual event was held on Monday, November 11, 2013 at Shoreline Community College in the Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Smiles for Veterans, was founded by Vicki Munday, RDH who lives in Lake Stevens and grew up in Marysville.

Munday is a past president of The Washington State Dental Hygienists’ Association and she has held office with ADHA (American Dental Hygienists’ Association). She has always believed in giving back to the world.

During this years’ event, Smiles for Veterans provided dental care for nearly 30 patients. Services ranged from: simple cleaning to deep periodontal therapy; simple fillings to rebuilding a tooth from filling material; simple extractions to surgical extractions. All in all, $15,000.00 in dental care was provided. The patients seen were also invited to visit the “gift” room and take home with them items such as handmade quilts donated by the Pinky Patrol a local quilting group, warm hats donated by a local Red Hat group, socks, plus both personal hygiene items and oral hygiene items.

Snohomish County Dental professionals who volunteered or donated to Smiles for Veterans include: Dr. Jeff Erwin, Dr. John Dykstra, Dr. Jason Steinhubel, and Vicki Munday, RDH, Founder Smiles for Veterans.

Smiles for Veterans is already planning for the 2014 event.

For more information follow them on Facebook or email Smiles4veterans@gmail.com.

 

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