Dentaid in the UK
It is a sad fact that many people in Britain are unable to access safe, affordable dental care. Although the NHS offers first class dental services, many vulnerable people aren’t registered with a dentist and only seek treatment when they are suffering pain.
In some parts of the country there are long waiting lists for NHS dentists and people are developing dental problems while they are waiting for a place to become available.
Dentaid is also aware that homeless people, those with a history of drug and alcohol abuse or patients with mental health problems can face obstacles when visiting a dental surgery.
Furthermore, up to 40 per cent of children in the UK are not receiving any dental check-ups or oral health education.
Dentaid has a range of projects in the UK to tackle these problems.
The mobile dental unit
The mobile dental unit visits day centres, homeless shelters, schools and community buildings to provide free dental treatment for people in pain.
Dentaid’s Bright Bites programme includes presentations for schoolchildren, oral health education materials and resources for teachers. Volunteers deliver the programme at schools across the UK.
Alabare and Two Saints
Monthly clinics at Alabare Place in Salisbury and Two Saints in Southampton give homeless and vulernable people the chance to access free dental care.
Dental services for fishermen
Working long hours at sea in difficult conditions means that many fishermen don’t have regular dental care. Dentaid’s mobile dental unit provides care at the quayside to help fishermen suffering dental pain.
We pay monthly visits to Trinity House in Winchester providing emergency dental treatment for street homeless and vulnerable people
Dentaid has run a range of successful projects in Kirklees including free dental clinics in schools, community centres and the town hall for people who have not been able to access NHS dental care.