Case studies – Roland’s story

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Roland has been homeless in Yorkshire for 17 years.  For much of that time he has been suffering constant dental pain. 

“I have a broken tooth and bad teeth that hurt all the time so I need strong pain killers. I tried to get a dentist but was told there’s no dentist I can go to in Leeds.

“For 9 years I lived in a cellar, sleeping on a concrete floor which made my health very bad.  Now I am in a room at St George’s Crypt in Leeds but I don’t know how long I can stay.

“I don’t have a toothbrush and toothpaste at the moment and I don’t have much time to think about my teeth because I don’t have a job or a house or good health and there’s so much going on in my  life. But because Dentaid brings its mobile dental unit here I can have the bad tooth taken out and they can help me.”

In July 2019, Roland attended one of Dentaid’s mobile dental clinics at Leeds Crypt.  His painful tooth was extracted, he was given a full check-up and oral health advice and we made sure he had a toothbrush and plenty of toothpaste.

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