PENSACOLA, Fla. — When's the last time you saw a dentist? Your smile is linked to both your confidence and your health.

For those who can't afford to see a dentist, they might put it off to the point where a small problem becomes something major.

Dentists and hygienists are traveling on the 'Mouth Mobile' to help local veterans with free check-ups and dental care.

Aspen Dental is taking the 42-foot-long dentist on wheels on the road, stopping at several cities along the east coast. They're providing care for veterans because most do not qualify for dental benefits through the VA.

The next stop is Pensacola next week.

If you procrastinate going to the dentist, keep this in mind. Your dental health is tied to many aspects of your overall health.

Poor oral care can lead to heart disease. If bacteria gets into your bloodstream, it can go to your heart. It also puts you at a greater risk for developing dementia and respiratory infections.

If you can't afford dental coverage, the National Institutes of Health has a few recommendations for finding low-cost dental care.

Dental school clinics and dental hygiene schools will treat patients at a reduced cost. Touch base with the local health department and community health centers.

And United Way or 2-1-1 can help you find free or reduced-cost dental services.

Here’s a guide with links to all of the options.

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