Community dental services are available in a variety of places near you in Kirklees

People who need to see a dentist but are struggling to access dental care will be able to have free check-ups and treatment when a mobile dental unit returns to Kirklees next week.

The dental charity Dentaid is running another 10 clinics at venues across the area with teams of volunteers providing emergency dental treatment and oral health advice.

The clinics are for people who are not registered with a dentist and are worried about their oral health.  They have been funded by Kirklees Council after councillors supported the project following concerns about access to dental care in the area.

No appointments are necessary, patients just turn up and wait to be seen by the team.  Treatments include extractions, fillings, scale and polish, oral cancer screening and toothbrushing advice and are free for those who are not registered for dental care.

Since the start of the year, Dentaid has run 12 clinics at venues across Kirklees and treated 275 people.  Many had been suffering long-term dental pain and were struggling to eat and sleep.  Volunteer dentists have extracted more than 240 painful teeth and gave every patient advice to help prevent them developing more problems in the future.

“Once again we have been overwhelmed by the generosity of local dental professionals who are giving up their time to help us provide dental care for people who are struggling to access treatment,” said Dentaid CEO, Andy Evans.  “There are many reasons why people find it difficult to see a dentist and we hope that by bringing our mobile dental unit to community centres, public buildings and schools in Kirklees we can break down barriers, help people out of immediate pain and re-engage them with NHS dental provision.”

Cabinet member for housing and democracy Councillor Cathy Scott added: “For the last three years Dewsbury councillors have supported Dentaid from their ward budgets.

“It is a sad fact that many people in our communities don’t have access to a dentist and suffer with dental pain. Thankfully, this service has already helped more than 500 local people in this position and I’d like to thank Dentaid for carrying out this invaluable work in our communities.

“Dental care should be something that everyone in Kirklees and in the whole country has easy access to on their doorstep.”

Dentaid’s mobile unit will be at the following venues:

Friday November 8th Dewsbury Town Hall 10am – 3pm
Saturday November 9th Dewsbury Town Hall 10am – 3pm
Wednesday November 13th Taleem Centre 10am – 3pm
Monday November 18th Pentland Infant School 10am -4pm
Monday November 25th Ravensthorpe Community Centre 10am- 3pm
Tuesday November 26th  Dewsbury Moor Children’s Centre (Action for Children)  10am – 3pm
Thursday November 28th  Overthorpe C of E Academy 10am – 3pm
Saturday November 30th  Dewsbury Town Hall 10am – 3pm
Tuesday December 3rd  Overthorpe C of E Academy 10am – 3pm
Monday December 9th   Ravensthorpe Community Centre 10am – 3pm