Dentaid sends reconditioned donated dental equipment and portable dental surgeries to projects in many different countries. From hand instruments to dental chairs we source and supply equipment so it can continue to benefit dentists and their patients. Our DentaidBox means dental surgeries can be set up in some of the most remote locations in the world.
Dentaid sends teams of volunteer dental professionals from the UK to countries where there is a real shortage of dental care. Our volunteers run clinics and outreach programmes in refugee camps, remote villages, schools, prisons, orphanages and community buildings. Every year many thousands of people are relieved of dental pain thanks to their hard work.
Oral health education is at the heart of what we do. We run toothbrushing programmes and oral health lessons in nurseries, schools and community buildings in the UK and overseas. From sugar awareness to combating infant oral mutilation, Dentaid works to educate in all fields of dental health to prevent people suffering the trauma of toothache and ensuring there is safe oral care for everyone.
Dentaid works alongside in-country dentists to share expertise and promote best practice. We provide training for dental students, opportunities for dental graduates and ongoing support for dentists around the world. In the UK Dentaid offers opportuities for Foundation Dentists to volunteer under supervision on our mobile dental unit so they can develop their skills in a community outreach clinic.
Our UK work
Dentaid recognises there are many people in the UK who find it difficult to access dental treatment. Many homeless and vulnerable people are not registered with a practice and don’t know what to do when dental problems arise. In some parts of the country there are long waiting lists to register with an NHS dentist. Dentaid’s mobile dental unit visits homeless shelters, day centres and community buildings providing free emergency treatment for people in pain.