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North Carolina Dentists Arm U.S. Soldiers with Oral Health Essentials on Veteran’s Day

In appreciation of Veteran’s Day, the North Carolina Dental Society partnered with the USO of North Carolina for its second annual Dental Supply Drive.

In appreciation of Veteran’s Day, the North Carolina Dental Society partnered with the USO of North Carolina for its second annual Dental Supply Drive. Both local and deployed soldiers from Fort Bragg will benefit from more than 750 pounds of oral hygiene supplies, including toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss and sugar free gum.

Generally, when soldiers deploy they are not armed with oral health essentials, leaving them at risk for cavities, toothaches and other dental issues.

“It is extremely difficult to maintain good oral hygiene when you’re not equipped with the right resources,” said Dr. Mark Scheiderich, president-elect of the North Carolina Dental Society and a retired member of the U.S. Army. “A toothache on the front line could jeopardize lives due to lack of focus, or at a minimum, pull troops away from needed areas. I routinely saw soldiers come back from a deployment with their teeth in worse shape than when they left.”

This year, participation among NCDS member dentists, their staff and patients more than doubled. Colgate Palmolive also contributed 1,400 toothbrushes.

“Many North Carolinians have military family members and friends, and the NC Dental Society is proud to support those who serve us,” said Dr. Scheiderich

For more information about how you can maintain and support oral health in North Carolina, visit www.ncdental.org.

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About the North Carolina Dental Society

The North Carolina Dental Society was founded in 1856 and is one of the oldest dental societies in the country. The NCDS represents 3,800 member dentists in North Carolina. Headquartered in Cary, our mission is to help all members succeed. For more information about the NCDS, visit ncdental.org. The North Carolina Dental Society is a part of the American Dental Association, the nation's largest dental association, representing 161,000 dentist members.

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