Every year, thousands of refugees and asylum seekers arrive in the UK seeking sanctuary. Although they may have benefited from good dental care previously, long perilous journeys and lack of healthy food choices, often takes its toll on their teeth.
Dentaid’s mobile dental unit pays monthly visits to Napier Barracks near Folkestone where some of those seeking asylum in the UK are temporarily housed.
Volunteers provide a range of dental services including oral cancer checks, dental health advice, fillings and extractions. Dentaid is working with the Home Office to provide this service and hundreds of refugees and asylum seekers have benfited.
When 20,000 people were evacuated from Afghanistan and resettled in the UK in 2021, helping them to access healthcare was a high priority. On the south coast, Dentaid volunteers have been providing dental checks and emergency treatments for Afghan adults and children who escaped the Taliban takeover. We have run weekly clinics throughout autumn 2021 and helped many evacuees out of dental pain.
Dentaid also provides dental care for asylum seekers in Leeds and Bradford on our northern mobile dental unit.
These clinics are run in association with Health Education England and give foundation dentists experience of working with hard-to-reach patients in a different setting.