Providing free dental treatment at the harbourside

Smile Together have been providing free dental treatment at the harbourside for fisherfolk and their dependent family members

Funded and delivered by Smile Together in partnership with The Fishermen’s Mission and Healthy Cornwall.

We know that our award-winning Smiles at Sea tour makes a real difference in our local fishing communities so we really didn’t want to miss a year. Therefore, despite a shortfall in partnership funding this year, Smile Together returned with a mobile dental unit.

Smiles at Sea tour

We know that our award-winning Smiles at Sea tour makes a real difference in our local fishing communities so we really didn’t want to miss a year. Therefore, despite a shortfall in partnership funding this year, Smile Together returned with a mobile dental unit.

We visited 4 harbourside locations in 5 days, treating 102 fisherfolk and their dependent family members, 40% of whom hadn’t visited a dentist for 5 years or more (10% for more than 10 years). We did 20 fillings, 10 extractions/root removals, 4 scale and polish and 6 x-rays, and 2 patients were encouraged to contact our Urgent Dental Care Hub for emergency treatment, with another referred for complex urgent minor oral surgery. Only 33% had visited Smiles at Sea previously so we reached a relatively new audience; 100% rated our visit as excellent and 98% said they’d visit us next year.

We gave Home Education Packs to all fisherfolk and their families who attended which included top dental tips for the family along with a toothbrush, toothpaste and a toothbrushing timer.

In some locations there was free Healthy Lifestyle advice and information from other healthcare providers.

Where we went in Oct 2021 (fisherfolk could simply pop in and see us at their nearest harbourside location):

Prize draw:

Every eligible person who saw our dentist was entered into a free prize draw. We also had goodies available for all those who brought along their old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and associated packaging for recycling through our commitment to Colgate TerraCycle.

#SmilesAtSeaUK

Many people saw us out and about (especially this year with the region being so busy) and there was lots of engagement on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #SmilesAtSeaUK with lovely bright pictures!

Selection of oral health product packaging

Above: some of the items we can recycle 

Right: the winner of the Smiles At Sea 2021 prize draw holding her prize

Woman holding electric toothbrush

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Smiles at Sea – treating fisherfolk at the harboursides of Cornwall and Devon since 2017:

To read more about our #SmilesAtSeaUK 2021 tour, click here
To read about our ‘Better Oral Health’ tour in 2020, click here
To read more about our Smiles at Sea tour to GetSeaFit in 2019, click here
To read more about Smiles at Sea 2018, click here
For details of our mobile dental tour in 2017, click here

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