More than 70 people who are not registered with an NHS dentist have received free check-ups and treatment after a mobile dental unit visited Kirklees.
The dental charity Dentaid ran four clinics for people who were finding it difficult to access dental provision in Batley, Dewsbury and Ravensthorpe.
The mobile dental unit was run by a team of volunteer dental professionals and foundation dentists who provided treatments including fillings, extractions, dental screening and scale and polish. Some of the patients had been suffering long-term dental pain. Anyone not registered with a dentist could turn up and wait for free treatment and advice about their oral health.
The clinics took place at Batley Care and Drop In, Thornhill Lees Community Centre and The Greenwood Centre. Dentaid also runs clinics for homeless and vulnerable people across the UK and took its mobile unit to The Streetwise Project in Dewsbury.
In June extra NHS dental places were created in Kirklees to help improve access to dental care and shorten waiting lists. However, there are still many people who are finding it difficult to register for care. Over the first three clinics 52 people attended for treatment and on the final day there were 19 patients including 6 who required painful teeth to be extracted.
“These were very busy clinics and we are extremely grateful to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help provide pain-relieving dental care for the community in Kirklees,” said Dentaid CEO, Andy Evans. “This shows that there is still demand for our service and we were glad we could help these patients out of immediate pain.”