HUNTERSVILLE – Reimels Dentistry of Huntersville will hold its fourth annual Helping Veterans Smile event Friday, Nov. 9, according to a Reimels Dentistry news release.
For its first event in September 2016, the dental office closed its doors to patients and scheduled only veterans, their spouses and their dependents. The office saw 67 patients that day and provided more than $50,000 in dental treatments.
To date, Reimels Dentistry of Huntersville has donated more than $150,000 in services to over 200 veterans and their dependents. With more doctors, assistants and hygienists volunteering their time and skills this year, they will likely see nearly 100 patients this November.
Dr. Katie and Dr. Mike Reimels, as well as Dr. AnnMarie Moshos, are all retired Air Force, so this is a cause "near to their hearts," the release said.
Most veterans have no dental insurance or coverage through the VA. In order for veterans to qualify for full VA dental benefits, they have to be 100 percent disabled, have been a prisoner of war or have developed a dental condition during their service. The need is so great that homeless veterans list dental care among their top three unmet needs, the release said.
“In January of 2016 we sat together as a team and discussed our practice goals for the upcoming year," said Dr. Chad Paterra in the release. "Unanimously, we decided that we wanted to give back to the community. It made sense that we would decide to provide dental work to such an underserved community. Many of our team are retired military and the need is so great."
Reimels Dentistry staff are providing cleanings, exams, restorative treatments and extractions at this event. Appointments are required.