VA Dentistry - Improving Veterans’ Oral Health
Dental care for Veterans
Important information for Veterans seeking VA dental care
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The Choice Program allows Veterans to get health care from non-VA doctors
Veterans Dental Benefits and Eligibility
VA offers comprehensive dental care benefits to certain qualifying Veterans. To better understand if you are eligible for VA dental care, take a look at the Dental Benefits for Veterans document, as well as checking out What VA dental care benefits do I qualify for? If eligible, you can apply online using the 10-10ez, the fastest and easiest way to apply for VA health care benefits. If not eligible, Veterans enrolled in VA health care can purchase dental insurance at a reduced cost through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP). See also the "Not Eligible?" section below for more information.
If you are a Veteran who has recently served (e.g. OEF/OIF/OND), you may be entitled to a one-time course of free dental care, but 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.
Also take a look at Veteran Patient Information on this website for important dental facts for Veterans.
VA provides quality and compassionate dental care to over 500,000 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.
If not eligible, Veterans may obtain dental care through the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP). Veterans enrolled in VA health care, and beneficiaries of the Civilian Health and Medical Program of the VA (CHAMPVA) can select one of the discounted insurance plans offered by Delta Dental or MetLife.
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.
In the Spotlight
Teeth do a lot of work! They're useful for speaking, chewing food, shaping your face and showing the world a smile. So it's necessary to keep your teeth and mouth healthy as you age. Check out Aging and Your Smile on MyHealtheVet to learn important dental care facts and maintain healthy teeth over your lifetime.