It is not known exactly how many veterans lack dental care or have poor oral health; however, anecdotally the number appears to be high.
In veterans who have serious mental health conditions, 60% have fair to poor oral health, and about 33% find it difficult to eat because of these issues. Poor oral health can affect self-esteem, employment opportunities, heart and endocrine health, and overall systemic health.
Many veterans do not qualify for dental care from Veterans Affairs unless they have a preexisting dental condition, a disability, or were a prisoner of war.
Cited from the "American Family Physician Journal"https://www.aafp.org/afp/2020/0415/p452.html