Real junk tooth project

Imagine being in so much dental pain that you pulled out your own tooth. That’s what happened to Claire Skipper from Dewsbury in West Yorkshire. Claire had terrible toothache but couldn’t access an NHS dentist so she drank whisky and pulled out her own tooth with a pair of pliers in her garden shed.

After hearing Claire’s story Dentaid launched the Real Junk Tooth Project in Dewsbury – a town with high levels of social deprivation where NHS dentists have long waiting lists. Thanks to the kind support of dentist Nick O’Donovan and a team of volunteers, people could turn up at Dewsbury Dental Centre on a Thursday evening and receive pain-relieving emergency dental care. They only paid if they could afford to. Between December and June 2016 more than 150 people benefited from the scheme.