Area dental practice provides free services to veterans without dental insurance

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Westport Dental Family Dentistry offered free dental services to veterans without dental insurance on its second annual Military Free Dental Day.

The dental office, located at 2215 SW Westport Dr., provided local veterans, National Guard or Reserves and retirees with free services including exams, X-rays, cleanings, fillings and extractions of a day for any service member who does not have dental insurance. .

All service members in need of service were required to provide military ID or a DD214 form to prove they are U.S. Army veterans.

Dr. Jeff Larkin, DDS, is a dentist at Westport Dental and is also a Lt. Col. of the 190th Air Refueling Wing. Dr. Larkin said he and his colleagues want to help their veterans with their dental health.

“They only get VA coverage if they have 100% disability or a service-related injury with their teeth,” Dr. Larkin said. “So even then not all the teeth are covered sometimes. They’ll be covering some of the teeth that you know got damaged during the service, so we’re here to take care of their whole mouth and help them any way we can.

Larkin says he hopes one day more dentists will offer these free services to veterans on Veterans Day.

“Hopefully some people will start copying us and doing that too,” Dr. Larkin said. “I would love to see more dentists help support the veterans in the area because there are a lot of them, so we’re going with a lot of people that we don’t want to leave behind.”

According to Dr. Larkin, they had about 50 to 60 patients scheduled for the day.

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