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A free mobile dental clinic launched on Monday, April 11, was expected to provide as many as 100 homeless and at-risk veterans with comprehensive dental care this week.

Dental student Vage Markaryan observes as Dr. Nineli Zadourian provides dental services to Alan Burch, 63, who served in the Marine Corps, has his third and final appointment in recent days. USC’s Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry provided a free mobile clinic to provide dental services in Westwood on Monday, April 11, 2022. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

The clinic kicked off Monday on Veterans Avenue in Westwood.

A team of about 40 dental students from the Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC were scheduled to provide the care, to be overseen by dental faculty.

“This dental care is life saving and I am so very thankful,” said former Marine Alan Burch, 63. “In the Marine Corps your feet could hurt or your back could hurt and you would get through it, but if your teeth hurt you, you couldn’t do much.”

As Burch was finishing up his third appointment since last Tuesday, he told USC dental student Vage Markaryan: “My mouth feels so much better.  If you can make it here you’re going to make it anywhere.”

“This is real-world dentistry, I’m really enjoying the experience,” said Markaryan, a senior in the program.

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