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PRESS RELEASE 06/05/2022
FREE emergency dental clinics for people who are not registered with a dentist and are suffering the misery of toothache will take place in Leiston on Wednesday 18th and Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 19th May. Dental charity Dentaid is providing the service for people with severe dental pain and no other access to treatment.

Volunteer dentists and dental nurses will be on the charity’s mobile dental unit offering free oral cancer screening, dental health advice, fillings and extractions. The clinics will take place at The Waterloo Centre on Waterloo Avenue in Leiston on Wednesday 18th and The New Bury Community Association on Charles Place in Bury St Edmunds from 10am – 4pm. People don’t need appointments and are invited to turn up and wait to be seen. Everyone will be triaged to assess their level of need. 

A grateful patient following treatment

The public queuing to be seen for dental treatment

This is Dentaid’s third visit to Suffolk after very busy clinics in November and February, where Dentaid volunteers saw 163 patients in four days. These clinics have been funded by local councils who have been alerted to the lack of dental care in the county.

Anyone planning to attend the clinics is asked to ensure they have eaten breakfast and bring plenty of water and suncream as there may be a long queue outside the community centres.

Dentaid has four mobile dental units which travel the UK providing outreach dental care for people who struggle to access treatment, including those experiencing homelessness, asylum seekers and refugees, head and neck cancer patients, fishing communities and victims of domestic abuse.

The charity has also run several public access clinics in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire where there is a 3-year waiting list to register with an NHS practice.

“We expect there to be huge demand for our charitable dental service when we return to Suffolk,” said Dentaid CEO, Andy Evans. “On previous occasions we had long queues of people who were in terrible dental pain and our volunteers worked tirelessly to help as many as they could.

We do ask people to remember these are volunteers who are giving up their time to try to help those in greatest need.

We know there are people in the Suffolk community who are suffering from untreated toothache and thanks to our volunteers and the local councils, Dentaid will help as many people as we can.”

One of our volunteer dentists 

Our mobile dental unit

Dentaid was formed in 1996 and has worked in more than 70 countries providing dental treatment, training, equipment donations and oral health education.

The charity also has projects in the UK including a school’s programme and three mobile dental units providing dental care for homeless and vulnerable people.

For more information about the charity visit www.dentaid.org. For press inquiries contact press officer at Dentaid Jill Harding on 01794 324249 or jill@dentaid.org.