VA Dentistry - Improving Veterans’ Oral Health
Veterans Dental Eligibility
Eligibility and benefits for Veteran Dental Care are limited by law and categorized into VA dental classifications or classes. If you just got out of the service you may be entitled to a FREE dental exam. You must apply for dental care within 180 days of your discharge (under conditions other than dishonorable) from a period of active duty of 90 days or more.
To learn if you are eligible for VA Dental Care, read the Dental Benefits for Veterans document. If eligible, you can apply online for health care via the 1010ez, the fastest and easiest way to apply for VA Dental Care!
See also Patient Information on this website for important dental facts for Veterans.
If not eligible for VA Dental Care, the national VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) gives enrolled Veterans and CHAMPVA beneficiaries the opportunity to purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost. Explore the VADIP Fact Sheet or the VADIP Frequently Asked Questions brochure.
VA provides dental care to eligible Veterans at over 200 locations across the country, including Alaska and Puerto Rico. To find the location of a VA Dental Clinic near you use the Dental Clinic Locations Finder.
Did You Know?
VA sponsors more advanced Dental Residency training positions than any other organization. In fact, nearly half of all dentists in post graduate education programs rotate through local VA medical centers, taking advantage of the special knowledge and skills that VA attending dentists and physicians possess.
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