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(SHERMAN, TEX.) Texoma’s U.S. Military Veterans will be honored with more than a parade, a salute, or a “Thank you for your service,” on Tuesday, September 15 when Sherman periodontist Dr. Sam Nechamkin and his Premier Dentistry staff open their doors for a day of free dental treatment.
This is the fifth year that Dr. Nechamkin has provided no-cost dental treatment for local veterans during an all-day open house. Last year, more than 100 individual veterans received a cleaning, a filling, or an extraction during the “Day of Reciprocity.”
The Keep Veterans Smiling private 501(c)(3)foundation was established by Dr. Nechamkin in 2016.
“Our goal is to give back to these Americans who put their lives on the line to protect our fredooms. We treat as many vets as possible from the time we open the doors at 8:00 am, through the end of the day,” said Nechamkin. “By keeping the treatment choices simple, we can serve the greatest number of veterans on that day.”
Who Qualifies for Treatment?
Anyone who has served in a branch of the United States Armed Forces is eligible to take advantage of the opportunity on September 18. No appointments are necessary.
“We open the doors at 8:00 am and start registering patients on a first-come, first-served basis. It’s a very orderly process as you might expect from a group of veterans,” said Nechamkin.
“From past experience we know that we can treat about 100 patients, so when the list has reached capacity, we close registration for the day.”
An Opportunity for Extensive Treatment
Nechamkin said he understands that many veterans have serious dental health issues and he founded the non-for-profit to address those concerns. “You can imagine that during our examinations we see some serious problems and we wanted to find a way to address those, too,” said Nechamkin.
Each year, veterans who need a more extensive treatment plan have the opportunity to get extra attention. The Keep Veterans Smiling foundation accepts applications from individual veterans and recommendations from family and friends, to be considered for additional dental treatment.
“Since we began this program in 2016, we have been able to provide more comprehensive dental care for a few veterans who needed much more than we could provide in a single visit,” said Nechamkin. Based on a review of applications and recommendations, and after consultation with the veteran and family members, Dr. Nechamkin has been able to donate his services for major treatment that could have cost the veteran tens of thousands of dollars.
“It is such a blessing for us to bring smiles back to our honored veterans and to often remove years of pain and embarrassment because of the inability to access the kind of dental care we are able to provide through this program,” said Nechamkin.
Veterans can apply personally to be considered for extensive treatment. A veteran can also be recommended by a family member or friend.
To download or complete an application online visit www.KeepVeteransSmiling.org or pick up an application in person at Premier Dentistry, 1005 E. Sara Swamy Drive, Sherman, Texas 75090 during regular clinic hours Monday-Thursday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm or Friday, 7:00 am-3:00 pm.
To learn more about the program and to find frequently asked questions, visit online at www.KeepVeteransSmiling.orgor call (903) 868-9850.