Hires Dental Care brings veterans together for 5th annual charity event

By Chris Galford

Dr. Eric Hires built this event with the intent of helping those the VA—and the government—has let down.

Dr. Eric Hires built this event with the intent of helping those the VA—and the government—has let down.

For the past five years, Dr. Eric Hires and Hires Dental Care have worked to give back to those men and women who have given so much to their country already. Under the name Stars, Stripes and Smiles, this time-honored event offers one day a year for veterans to get the works, in dental terms.

“We do free dentistry for anyone that shows up. They’re allowed to pick one procedure, a cleaning, an extraction, a filling—whatever is their most pressing need at the moment, and we take care of that. They just have to be a veteran,” Dr. Hires said.

During this year’s event, the practice saw 106 patients, with services totaling over $23,000, and since its founding, Stars, Stripes and Smiles has provided 448 patients with $105,557 in dental care services. It’s an event that’s growing as word gets out, and one Dr. Hires hopes to eventually expand to other dental offices—if other dentists are interested in joining in.

“The patients are incredibly appreciative. They can’t get into the VA, and even if they can, it’s ludicrous, like a two year wait. So they show up here, its fun, they talk with each other, there’s food, we had a DJ this year. The stories were fantastic,” said Dr. Hires.

Show your support for local businesses! Call Dr. Hires at 419-475-6673; visit the website at http://www.hiresdentalcare.com; or visit Hires Dental Care at 3951 West Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, OH. You can also visit http://www.starsstripesandsmiles.com.