Veterans' dental care

Katie Latulip, a certified public health dental hygienist, prepares to examine a veteran at a free dental clinic for veterans offered by Ammonoosuc Community Health Services.

LITTLETON — The North Country’s Ammonoosuc Community Health Services Inc. is pleased to be the recipient of a $5,000 grant from the Northeast Delta Dental Foundation.

The funds are earmarked for ACHS’ Veterans Dental Program. A collaboration with Dartmouth Research Co-op NIH and the Littleton Elks Lodge 1831, the program brings dental care to area veterans.

Most dental care is not covered by Medicaid or Medicare and there are veterans who do not qualify for dental benefits through the VA. Some of those without dental insurance have not seen a dentist in years.

Patients who qualify for the Veterans Dental Program receive a comprehensive oral evaluation, dental X-rays and preventive treatments free of charge at the ACHS dental clinic in Littleton.

Two clinics for veterans have been held to date, the first in June of 2018; nearly 30 local veterans have participated so far and many more are waiting in the queue.

The idea of the dental clinic for veterans came about at the suggestion of the Littleton Elks Lodge and State Rep. Linda Massimilla.

For more information , Dave Victor of the Littleton Elks Lodge can be reached at (603) 444-5744.