Naperville dentistry student gives smiles to veterans

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By Suzanne Baker

More than 70 Chicago area veterans are getting much-needed dental care as the result of a dental student being assigned a Vietnam War vet as a patient.

Nisha Garg was searching for community service project that would be an extension of her graduate studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry when one of the patients she was assigned spoke about the challenges veterans have finding affordable dental care.

That chance encounter motivated the alumna from Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville to teach monthly oral care seminars for veterans and offer a special dental screening day for them.

Before her final year of grad school, Garg said she wanted to find an outlet outside of school, yet still in the dental field, to channel her energy.

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