A new mobile dental unit that will enable people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable people to access dental treatment was launched today after being donated to Dentaid by Bupa Dental Care.
Dentaid’s fifth mobile dental unit was used to provide emergency dental care and oral health advice for people experiencing homelessness in Winchester. Manned by volunteers, the unit visited Trinity Winchester and 8 patients received treatment so they can be free from dental pain this Christmas.
The vehicle was donated to Dentaid by Bupa Dental Care and will be used by the charity for its clinics across the UK.
In addition to rough sleepers and those who are vulnerably housed, the mobile dental surgery will be used to provide care for families experiencing poverty, victims of domestic violence, fishing communities, refugees and asylum seekers and head and neck cancer patients.
Commenting on what good the dental charity does, a patient said: “100% helpful and very important for everyone – tooth pain is the worst, especially if it can’t be dealt with.”
Chief dental officer for Bupa Insurance Neil Sikka who is a long-standing supporter of Dentaid, volunteered in Winchester alongside dental nurse Chanel McKenzie.
“Dentaid is an important charity and we are honoured to work with them on such a meaningful project,” said Neil. “It’s a privilege to volunteer onboard the new unit today and see the visible difference it has made to the patients we’ve treated. We look forward to continuing our work with Dentaid and supporting future initiatives.”
Andy Evans, CEO at Dentaid, added: “2022 has been our busiest year ever with nearly 280 UK clinics compared with 174 last year.
And every day we get requests to visit new locations and help more people. This new vehicle is crucial in enabling us to expand and meet this demand.
Dentaid is Bupa Dental Care’s chosen charity and its colleagues have been involved with fundraising events including the Straumann Bike Ride, Super Saturday and community initiatives hosted by Bupa practices.
Bupa colleagues have also regularly volunteered on the charity’s mobile dental units in the UK and joined overseas volunteering teams that support Dentaid’s overseas partners.