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Dentaid to return to Bury St Edmunds and Leiston to provide dental clinics for those struggling to access treatment



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Free emergency dental clinics for people who are not registered with a dentist and in need of treatment will be held in two Suffolk towns this month.

Charity Dentaid will be in Leiston on Wednesday, May 18 and Bury St Edmunds on Thursday, May 19 to see patients with severe dental pain and no other access to treatment.

Volunteer dentists and dental nurses will be at a mobile unit offering free oral cancer screening, dental health advice, fillings and extractions.

The Dentaid mobile unit offering free dental care in Bury St Edmunds in November. Picture: Mark Westley
The Dentaid mobile unit offering free dental care in Bury St Edmunds in November. Picture: Mark Westley

The clinics will take place at The Waterloo Centre, in Waterloo Avenue, Leiston and The New Bury Community Centre, in Charles Place, Bury St Edmunds from 10am to 4pm.

People don’t need appointments and are invited to turn up and wait to be seen.

Everyone will be triaged to assess their level of need.

It is Dentaid’s third visit to Suffolk after busy clinics in November and February, where volunteers saw 163 patients in four days.

The clinics have been funded by councillors in response to the lack of dental care in the county.

Anyone planning to attend the clinics is asked to ensure they have eaten breakfast and bring plenty of water and sun cream as there may be a long queue outside the community centres.

Dentaid has four mobile units which travel the UK providing outreach dental care for people who struggle to access treatment.

Andy Evans, Dentaid CEO, said: “We expect there to be huge demand for our charitable dental service when we return to Suffolk.

"On previous occasions we had long queues of people who were in terrible dental pain and our volunteers worked tirelessly to help as many as they could."