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Otis servicemembers receive complimentary dental care

Shelley Fleetwood, Logistics Health team lead, explains to Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, how to fill out his medical paperwork prior to his examination at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13-14. The Logistics Health dental team treated approximately 120 servicemembers throughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Shelley Fleetwood, Logistics Health team lead, explains to Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, how to fill out his medical paperwork prior to his examination at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13-14. The Logistics Health dental team treated approximately 120 servicemembers throughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, fills out medical paperwork prior to his dental exam at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Winship was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released,

Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, fills out medical paperwork prior to his dental exam at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Winship was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released,

Staff Sgt. Doris Galli, 102nd Force Support Flight cook, watches as Shelley Fleetwood, Logistics Health team lead, checks her blood pressure prior to a dental exam at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Galli was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Staff Sgt. Doris Galli, 102nd Force Support Flight cook, watches as Shelley Fleetwood, Logistics Health team lead, checks her blood pressure prior to a dental exam at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Galli was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Marie Edouard, Logistics Health dental assistant, uses a portable X-ray machine to take a dental X-ray of Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Winship was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Marie Edouard, Logistics Health dental assistant, uses a portable X-ray machine to take a dental X-ray of Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Winship was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Dr. Rekha Hariawala, Logistics Health dentist, performs a dental exam on Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Winship was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

Dr. Rekha Hariawala, Logistics Health dentist, performs a dental exam on Senior Airman Chris Winship, 267th Combat Communications Squadron cyber transport technician, at the 102nd Medical Group building on Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass. Oct. 13. Winship was one of approximately 120 servicemembers who received complimentary dental treatment from Logistics Health dental professionals thorughout the weekend. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Patrick McKenna/Released)

OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. --

A four-person civilian dental team treated approximately 120 servicemembers at the 102nd Medical Group (MDG) building here Oct. 13-14.

The dental examinations, which were conducted by Logistics Health dental professionals and funded by the National Guard Bureau, have been conducted twice a year each of the past four years. The goal is to provide complimentary dental service to servicemembers in need of their annual exam.

Upon entering the exam room, the patients were greeted by the team's dental lead, Shelley Fleetwood, who checked their blood pressure and had them fill out the required paperwork. Following that, they proceeded to the dental x-ray portion, and their exam concluded with a dental exam from the team's dentist. From beginning to end, most of the patients were examined and sent back to their respective units in under 20 minutes.
With no full-time dentist on staff, the 102nd MDG Airmen emphasized the importance of the service and expressed satisfaction with the dental team's quality of care and professionalism.

"It's gone very well," said Master Sgt. Cynthia Thomas, 102nd MDG health systems technician. "We've had a good turnout. The dental team is really professional. They understand our standards and try and get to each member as quick as they can."
With heavy workloads and deployment possibilities always looming, it's crucial servicemembers are up to date with all their medical appointments, especially dental.

"If someone is overdue for dental, it's a showstopper," Thomas said. "They cannot deploy unless they're current and members a year overdue for a dental appointment can even be separated from the Air National Guard for non-compliance."

Thomas emphasized that this program is designed to keep members mission ready, and also to keep them on the path to good oral hygiene, because good oral health leads to good overall health as you get older.

One Airman who received the complimentary care stressed how grateful she was for the team's efforts.

"I think it's a great privilege for us to receive this service," said Staff Sgt. Doris Galli, 102nd Force Support Flight cook. "It was very easy and painless. They did an excellent job. I enjoyed it very much."