Los Alamitos dentist Dr. Seza Barsamian and her staff hosted their 4th annual Veterans Day event where they provided free dental cleaning including digital X-rays, a dental check up and some necessary intra-oral camera pictures for all local retired veterans who live in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Cypress area.
The free services was provided on Thursday Nov. 9 2017, the day before the observed Veterans Day, by appointments only. The cost for the entire event was over $10,000, if were to be paid by cash. The entire event was sponsored by Dr. Barsamian, and it was completely free for all the veterans.
This is the fourth consecutive year that the practice sponsored and hosted this event for the veterans. The event keeps growing each year. Veterans called early in the summer to see if the practice would run the event again. A few could not make it that day, so the office made an exception to bring them other days that they preferred.
“We won’t turn anyone away,” said Dr. Barsamian. Every Veteran who called got an appointment.
This year, they had an amazing day. They didn’t see any of their regular patients; instead, they accommodated a full day of pre-scheduled Veterans, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., some of whom hadn’t received a dental checkup or cleaning for years and some of whom were returning Veterans from previous years. One couldn’t remember the last time he had seen a dentist! Over 30 Veterans scheduled, their ages ranging from 32 to 97 years old. The practice served two World War II Veterans… born in 1920!
The staff of four, including a hygienist, was able to handle them all. All Veterans were thanked for their services and left the practice with toothbrush and toothpaste. From the radio operator of WWII to the youngest veteran who just got discharged from Afghanistan, they were all very appreciative of the service they received, and all were asked to come back again next year if they wish. Dr. Barsamian and her practice will keep doing this as long as they can.
Dr. Barsamian and her practice believe the mouth is the mirror of the body: often oral manifestations are the first sign of many systemic diseases. Our mouth presents a window and its accessibility for visual examination makes oral health a vital part of the overall medical evaluation, and that’s why it should never be neglected.
This article was released by Dr. Seza Barsamian, with editing by Orange County Breeze staff.