We know NASCAR driver Danica Patrick doesn’t shy away from her career in the fast lane, but at home Patrick is living a slower pace. She’s indulging in healthy cooking, yoga, and putting a strong emphasis on good oral health. Today, she’s the driving force behind “Healthy Mouth Movement,” a campaign to promote dental health care with a special focus on veterans.
Healthy Mouth Movement Shifts to Focus on Veterans
Patrick first learned of the campaign through her racing team’s partnership with Aspen Dental. At the time there were talks of a “MouthMobile,” a 42-foot-long bright blue fully equipped dental office on wheels that would travel the country offering dental care to whoever needed it.
“The program started out with the Healthy Mouth Movement and the MouthMobile and donating free oral care,” Patrick told FoxNews.com. “What they found was that a vast majority of the people that were coming in for care were veterans, and so the focus then shifted to help veterans because they were the ones in the most amount of need.”
Veterans in Need of Good Oral Health Care
In 2015 the campaign partnered with Got Your 6, an organization dedicated to empowering veterans and strengthening communities by uniting veterans’ organizations. As part of that effort, Aspen Dental initiated the “Smile 4 Your Service” program, which is giving 1,000 veterans and guests a VIP experience at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Bank of America 500 in Charlotte, N.C. on Oct. 8, 2016.
Since 2014, more than 7,000 volunteers have helped deliver more than $6 million worth of free dental care to nearly 11,500 patients across 33 states.
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