Dental Charity Visit Unity House
Service users from our Supported Housing North scheme - Unity House, were able to receive free dental treatment after a visit from the dental charity, Dentaid.
Volunteers from Dentaid provided check-ups as well as pain-relieving treatments for a total of nine residents.
The Dentaid volunteers offered each patient screenings, a scale and polish and, where necessary, gave fillings and extracted painful teeth. They also gave oral health advice and handed out toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Vicky, one of the residents to receive treatment, said;
"I've not seen a dentist for 15 years because I couldn't afford it when I was working and when I became homeless I had too many other things to worry about. Last year I ended up in hospital with an infected tooth but it was still giving me trouble. They've also given me a scale and polish which will make me feel more confident."
Dentaid have previously visited our Supported Housing South scheme Alabaré Place and will return to Unity House again in March, as they hope to re-engage homeless people in the town with regular dental care.
Lisa Thomas, Housing Support Worker at Unity House
“Working with Dentaid has given a great opportunity for our residents to have dental treatment. Quite often dental health is not a priority for people who are homeless so opportunities like these very important. Residents have given some really positive feedback and their confidence has been raised as a result of today’s visit."
Dentaid’s CEO Andy Evans, said;
“We know that when people are going through difficult times, dental check-ups aren’t a priority and many vulnerable people don’t access dental care until it’s having a serious impact on their lives. They can feel there are barriers preventing them from accessing regular treatment but by bringing our mobile dental unit to a venue like Unity House where they already feel safe and supported we can help them overcome any fears and take the first step to accessing life-changing dental care.”
We would like to thank Chippenham Town Council who have kindly funded the project as well as Dentaid and their fantastic volunteers.