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Eastern Washington University-Spokane served up dental care for veterans Saturday. Eastern Washington University-Spokane served up dental care for veterans Saturday.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Eastern Washington University-Spokane served up dental care for veterans Saturday.

The school hosted its fourth annual Smiles for Veterans Clinic at the Spokane campus.

More than 60 veterans got a number of dental services. Many of them hadn't seen a dentist in years, and many had no form of dental insurance.

Dennis Overby is a Vietnam veteran, and he's had dental trouble for most of his life.

"There's one questionable tooth that may have some infection so that maybe will need to be taken care of," said Overby.

Like many veterans, getting the necessary dental care hasn't been cheap for Overby.

"Financially I don't have the money, so this has been a cheaper way to go, a less expensive way to get my teeth taken care of," said Overby.

The Smiles for Veterans Clinic has been on a mission to help dozens of other veterans like Dennis.

"For a nominal fee of $10, we are able to provide a comprehensive dental exam, dental cleaning, oral health education," said Mary Jones, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dental Hygiene.

In turn, Eastern Washington students are getting a chance to apply what they've learned in a classroom out in the field.

"One thing about hygiene we are constantly being trained in clinic and in the classroom, and I would say the majority of our learning comes from seeing patients," dental hygiene student Morgan Clark.

Each veteran paid $10 to be seen, but a total of $26,0000 in services were given out at the clinic.

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