Homeless and vulnerable people in Chippenham have received free dental care after a mobile dental unit visited Unity House on Tuesday.
Volunteers from the dental charity Dentaid provided check-ups and pain-relieving treatments for 9 Alabaré residents and homeless people in the town. The project has been funded by Chippenham Town Council and was run by volunteers.
Many homeless people find it difficult to access NHS dental services and often suffer long term dental pain. Research published last year revealed that 70 per cent of homeless people had lost teeth since living on the street, 30 per cent were living with long-term dental pain and 15 per cent had attempted to remove their own teeth. Dental problems can affect self esteem and, if left untreated, lead to severe infections that can require hospital treatment.
The Dentaid volunteers offered each patient teeth and oral cancer screening, a scale and polish and, where necessary, gave fillings and extracted painful teeth. They also gave oral health advice and handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste.