People in Dewsbury who are finding it difficult to access dental care can receive free treatment on board a mobile dental unit that arrives in the area on Monday, September 18th. Dental charity Dentaid and a team of volunteer local dental professionals are bringing the service to six locations in the area to help people who are suffering from dental problems but aren’t registered with a dentist. The clinics will provide emergency pain relieving treatments including extractions and fillings along with oral health advice and teeth screening. Treatments are free and people will be able to turn up and wait to see the dentist.
The project has been generously funded by The Dewsbury and Mirfield District Committee which awarded Dentaid a £7060 grant. It follows a pilot project in Dewsbury, launched in December 2015, which provided dental care for 150 people over seven months. Some of those patients had developed dental problems while they were on a dentist’s waiting list and others were vulnerable people who found it hard to access regular dental treatment. The volunteers will be led by dentist Nick O’ Donovan from Dewsbury Dental Centre. Dentaid hopes that by bringing the mobile dental unit to schools and community centres in Dewsbury the team will be able to provide dental care in an environment where people feel safe and comfortable.
“The beauty of the mobile dental unit is that we can take a dental service right to the people who need it most,” said Dentaid CEO Andrew Evans. “We understand there are many reasons why people might not be able to access dental treatment and we want to help people out of immediate pain before offering them advice about accessing regular dental care. We are very grateful to The Dewsbury and Mirfield District Committee for enabling us to bring the mobile dental unit to the area and the volunteer dental professionals who are helping people in their community who have been suffering dental pain.” Cllr Cathy Scott, cabinet lead for public health said: “I am delighted that this project is coming to Dewsbury. Before it disbanded, the committee awarded the grant to Dentaid because we recognise that good dental health is essential to the wellbeing of local people. “We know that not everyone is registered with a dentist and that some people find it difficult to pay for dental care. By supporting this project we can make sure that the most vulnerable people in our communities can access support to relieve pain and prevent future problems occurring. The mobile clinic will be in easy to reach, well known locations and I would encourage anyone who is concerned about their dental health and doesn’t have access to dental care at the moment to pop along and see one of these volunteer dentists.”