RHINELANDER - A local dental center started a new event inspired by one of its own employees.
The Rhinelander Dental Center will provide free dental screenings for veterans and their families every year.
The idea started with one of its doctors who's serving as a general dentist in the Army Reserve The center calls the day "Smiles for Veterans" they provided those smiles for the first time Saturday.
Dentist and staff came in on their off day to volunteer.
"A lot of positivity and we work like that we like to do community outreach so we're already on that path, but this has been our first event that's this big," said dental hygienist Stacey Bisenius.
Jason Dailey served with the Wisconsin National Guard and was deployed to Afghanistan about nine years ago.
He says dental health is lacking in health benefits for veterans and that's one reason he came to the smiles event.
"Dental health is just as important as any other healthcare so having the opportunity to have something done for them hey should definitely take advantage of the opportunity when it arises again," said Dailey.
Crest and Listerine donated about four boxes of products to "Smiles for Veterans."
About eight veterans received services at the first event. The dentists look forward to helping more people next year.