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Local veterans receive free dental screenings ahead of Veterans Day | News Headlines

ST. LOUIS ( — Local veterans had a chance to receive free dental screening Saturday in recognition of Veterans Day. 

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The St. Louis Dental Center offered free oral healthcare from 7:30 a.m. till 11 a.m. Saturday at a first-come, first-serve basis. 

The dental screening and exam were at no charge and staff on site helped with Gateway to Better Health enrollment. 

“We’ve completed about 150 smiles,” said Heb Silva, a faculty member with A.T. Still University-Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health. “One of the things we used to say in the service is, ‘The best medal is an alive man’s smile’ and here we’re trying to do that in reality.”

Students from the St. Louis Community College helped with teeth cleaning. It was the fourth year of the event. 

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