The first patients have been treated onboard Dentaid’s mobile dental unit. The fully equipped mobile surgery visited The Trussell Trust at St Michael’s Community Centre in Salisbury on Tuesday, April 11. Dentist, Jane Lelean, and dental nurse Emma Buday saw patients who had not been to the dentist for many years and needed pain relieving treatment.
The first patient had not been to the dentist for 20 years and had previously been too nervous to register for NHS dental care. “I never would have gone to the dentist even though I knew I needed to,” the patient said. “But the fact that the Dentaid van came to me here at the community centre made it much easier for me. Jane was so lovely and made me feel really relaxed and safe. I haven’t seen a dentist for 20 years and I know I have lots of problems with my teeth but it’s a difficult thing to talk about. I think it’s a really good idea for the van to come here.”
Dentaid purchased the mobile dental unit last year to provide pain relieving dental care for people who find it hard to access NHS dental treatment. The unit has also visited a number of schools to offer oral health education sessions for pupils.
Dentaid is extremely grateful to Acteon for donating an x-ray developer for the unit and Henry Schein for supplying the medical supplies. The equipment on the van was serviced by Dave Effamy from Dental Directory and the visit to the Trussell Trust was also supported by CFD Christchurch.
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“We are delighted that the first patients have been treated on the mobile dental unit and by taking the service to them we have helped people who have not seen a dentist for many years,” said Dentaid CEO, Andrew Evans. “Dentaid is here to help people access dental treatment and we’re very pleased we have projects in the UK as well as overseas. This visit to the Trussell Trust will be the first of many outreach clinics at day centres, homeless shelters and projects for vulnerable people.”