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How volunteers are relieving toothache for vulnerable people in the UK and around the world

Dental charity Dentaid is tackling toothache and oral problems around the world, using mobile units to treat vulnerable people in the UK and sending volunteers and portable dental surgeries called DentaidBoxes to refugee camps in Calais, Greece and parts of Africa. It relies on a network of volunteers.

Dentaid's mobile dental unit visits hostels, day centres and night shelters around the UK providing emergency treatment for people who are homeless, vulnerable or who find it difficult to access dental care. This includes a special service for fishermen
Detaid also
 run Bright Bites, an oral health education programme in schools using the mobile unit. 

Over the last 20 years Dentaid has worked in over 70 countries providing dental treatment in poor and remote communities and supporting dentists around the world by providing equipment, running oral health programmes and sending teams of volunteer dental professionals to help them reach more patients. Volunteers work alongside local dentists to run dental clinics in prisons, orphanages, refugee camps, community centres, churches, slum areas and remote villages.  

Dentaid also offers outreach dentistry for people who can’t get an NHS dentist on a “pay if you can” basis and run regular free dental clinics for communities in Kirklees unable to access treatment.

They have case studies of people who pulled out their own teeth because they couldn’t get dental care.  

Contact: Jill Harding – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 01794 324249

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