In March, faculty and students from the Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine-Arizona (CDMA), in partnership with Aspen Dental, spent the day providing free dental screenings and routine cleanings to veterans in need.

Midwestern students

Students from Midwestern University perform a dental cleansing procedure on a veteran during an event at Aspen Dental offices in The Shops at Arrowhead.

The event took place at the Aspen Dental office at The Shops at Arrowhead, 7708 W. Bell Road, Suite 103, in Glendale. Midwestern faculty practitioners and dental students joined Aspen dentists to provide services to veterans in conjunction with the U.S. Veterans Initiative (USVETS), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides transitional and permanent housing, financial assistance, outreach and counseling, and workforce related activities for veterans across the Valley.

Midwestern and Aspen Dental

The entire group of volunteers gather for a photo op after their day of giving free dental care to veterans.

Seventeen CDMA students, many who currently attend Midwestern University on military scholarships, had the opportunity to work with five faculty members and local Aspen dentists to triage and treat veterans. Third and fourth year students met with patients, identified their chief complaints, prescribed radiographs, and determined necessary treatment to address any pain or tooth decay. Students provided over $20,000 worth of dental services, from basic fillings and cleanings to extractions and delivery of removable prostheses.