Weatherford Democrat

May 18, 2014

VETERANS CORNER: AACD offers vets oral health benefits

Weatherford Democrat


The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is promoting a unique opportunity for our military members and veterans to improve their smile and achieve good oral health. This venture is being done through ‘The Smile Story Contest,’ offering the chance to win a smile makeover from an AACD member dentist.

Now through June 10, entrants may submit their own ‘smile story’ and a photo to, explaining why they deserve a new smile. After the stories are collected, the public will vote for their favorite smile stories from June 11 to June 30. Up to five lucky grand prize winners will be selected by a panel of dental professionals. The grand prize winners will be announced in September through AACD’s Facebook page. Residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to participate, and winners receive a smile makeover, valued at $20,000. 

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry is the world’s largest non-profit member organization dedicated to advancing excellence in comprehensive oral care that combines art and science to optimally improve dental health, esthetics and function. Comprised of more than 6,600 cosmetic dental professionals in 80 countries worldwide, the AACD fulfills its mission by offering superior educational opportunities and providing accurate and useful information to the public and the profession. Get you ‘smile stories’ in as soon as possible and good luck.


Run For The Wall began its three-route journey from Rancho Cucamonga, California, on May 14, heading to Washington D.C., and all groups will join back together in Arlington, VA. on May 23. The RTW riders’ journey will take them through VA Medical Centers, Veterans’ Memorials, Veterans’ Outreach Facilities, veterans organizations and community centers, as well as schools along the routes.  

RFTW mission statement is to promote healing among all veterans, their families and friends, while calling for the accounting of all prisoners of war and those missing in action (POW/MIA), to honor all those killed in action (KIA) from all wars and to support military personnel all over the world.

The RFTW will guide the participants across America and eventually participate with Rolling Thunder, supporting the demand for government accountability for POW/MIAs.

Go to for specific information regarding registration and participation. Speak to you again next week.