Dental care with dignity — war veteran gets his smile and his life back.

What if a healthy smile could restore dig­ni­ty, improve your qual­i­ty of life and career out­look? For one very deserv­ing man, that’s exact­ly what hap­pened when he vis­it­ed one of the UNLV Delta Den­tal Sat­ur­day Morn­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Clin­ics.

After many years of suf­fer­ing with teeth that caused phys­i­cal and emo­tion­al pain, Viet­nam vet­er­an Robert Ben­nett final­ly received the care his smile need­ed at the Sgt. Clint Fer­rin Memo­r­i­al Clin­ic, one of four den­tal clin­ics that make up the UNLV Delta Den­tal Sat­ur­day Morn­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Clin­ics.

This is what Robert had to say to UNLV about his expe­ri­ence at the clin­ic:

“It’s not only [that I was] hap­py with the care, it’s the pro­fes­sion­al­ism that goes along with it — it’s the way you’re treat­ed from the time you walk through the door, to the time that you get into the chair. And then the doc­tors that over­see what [the den­tal stu­dents] do and help, they come up con­stant­ly, and they intro­duce them­selves and let you know what you’re going to be going through.

[They] had to sur­gi­cal­ly remove almost every tooth in my mouth, or what was left of my teeth. [After receiv­ing treat­ment and a full set of den­tures,] I’m eat­ing and smil­ing and com­mu­ni­cat­ing with peo­ple again. It changes your life. I mean it just gives you your dig­ni­ty back. You are some­body again. And I get to apply again for a job. Look what they did!”

Robert Ben­nett, vet­er­an of Viet­nam War

Robert’s sto­ry is espe­cial­ly mean­ing­ful to us at Delta Den­tal. Last year, the Delta Den­tal Com­mu­ni­ty Care Foun­da­tion grant­ed $50,000 to sup­port these clin­ics, which pro­vide much need­ed den­tal care to under­in­sured and unin­sured peo­ple through­out South­ern Neva­da.

Suc­cess­es like this are the rea­son the Foun­da­tion exists — to improve health and enhance lives in the com­mu­ni­ties we serve. We’re so grate­ful for part­ners like the UNLV School of Den­tal Med­i­cine, who give us oppor­tu­ni­ties like this one to make a real dif­fer­ence.


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