A mobile dental unit offering free treatment for people who are struggling to access dental care is returning to Kirklees next week (February 18th – 22nd)
Dental charity Dentaid is running four clinics offering emergency treatment and oral health advice for people who are suffering dental pain and are not registered with a dentist.
No appointments are necessary and people can turn up and wait to be seen by the team of volunteer dental professionals. Treatments available include extractions, fillings and dental screening. Two clinics will take place at Dewsbury Moor children’s centre on February 18th and 19th followed by a further two clinics at Thornhill Lees community centre on February 21st and 22nd.
Dentaid’s mobile dental unit is a frequent visitor to Kirklees. In autumn 2017, 304 people were seen at 11 clinics and last year a further 99 people received treatment on the unit. Hundreds of painful teeth were extracted or filled and many more people had a scale and polish, oral cancer screening, fluoride varnish treatments and oral health advice.
The clinics have been funded by Kirklees Council in order to help more people access dental care and help those who are suffering pain. Last June, thousands of extra NHS dental places were created in Kirklees to help shorten NHS waiting lists, however, there are still many people in the area who aren’t attending regular dental appointments.
“We are looking forward to returning to Kirklees and have an amazing team of compassionate volunteer dental professionals who will be offering free emergency treatment,” said Dentaid’s CEO Andy Evans. “We hope that by bringing our dental unit to community facilities like the children’s centre and the community centre at Thornhill Lees we can help people out of pain, offer oral health advice and help to re-engage them with dental care.”
The service is for people who are not registered with an NHS dentist. Patients will be assessed and invited to wait for treatment which will be provided free of charge.
The clinics will take place at:
Dewsbury Moor Children’s Centre, Heckmondwike Road, Dewsbury
Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th February
9am – 4pm
Thornhill Lees Community Centre
Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February