Trinity House

Trinity House Day Centre provides facilities and support for more than 600 homeless and vulnerable people in Winchester every year. Many of their clients require dental treatment and are suffering pain but aren’t registered with a dentist. In the past some have ended up in hospital due to untreated dental problems. Dentaid’s mobile dental unit visits Trinity House once a month offering free dental care for their clients. Many have required extractions and fillings but are now out of pain.

“Unfortunately many of our clients just don’t go to the dentist and don’t tell us they have they have toothache until it’s too late and it’s having a serious impact on their lives. But dental problems can affect their self-esteem and prospects – we have people here preparing for job interviews and it’s important they feel comfortable about their teeth. By bringing the mobile dental unit here, Dentaid is helping to change their lives.” Operations director at Trinity Winchester Sue Mckenna

The first patient was 38-year-old Daniel Casey, a former rough sleeper who spent 8 months sleeping in a shop doorway. He now lives in a hostel but is not registered with a dentist. Daniel’s teeth were damaged and he was suffering considerable pain. He said: “I’ve had toothache for ages but didn’t really know what to do about it. I would never go to a dentist but when the dentist came here on the bus I knew I had to see her. I needed three teeth to be taken out and she’s going to do some fillings. I’m over the moon because it’ll stop the toothache.”