On January 3, 2015 we were able to visit Miller’s Veterans Shelter in South Bend, Indiana. The visit consisted of a tour and a demonstration of proper oral hygiene techniques for the residents of the facility. The facility was founded 3 years ago to serve the population of homeless veterans who had been staying in the shelter. The facility currently houses 27 men, with plans to expand to 50 beds that could accommodate both men and women. The facility helps veterans who need assistance to create a plan that will allow them to permanently change their situation through education, treatment, and therapy by setting short, mid and long term goals.
“I never knew that there was a proper way to floss, something so simple can have such a huge impact on the health of your mouth” Brian Delcourt
Rebecca Robbins a former dental product manager and educator, were accompanied by Davonna Brown a security professional, as well as Hailey Robbins and Anna Brown who are avid fundraisers for the facility helping to raise awareness and materials for the facility over the past 3 years.
Hailey and Anna also spoke with the residents and each demonstrated the skills that they have learned and some helpful tips and tricks they have learned to know home long to brush. They also showed them how to fully floss and what to do when they couldn’t do a full cleaning. 12 participants were seen on this visit, the most common conditions seen were cavities from poor dental maintenance, and gum disease. Proper brushing and flossing techniques were demonstrated to the participants.
The kits that they have received will help residents