Providing free dental treatment at the harbourside for fishermen and their families
Smile Together has been taking a mobile dental unit harbourside every year since 2017 as we know our Smiles at Sea tour makes a real difference in local fishing communities. We’re passionate about tackling oral health inequality, in this case helping to improve the oral health of fishermen who so rarely get to see a dentist due to the demands of their work.
Funded by Seafarers Hospital Society and Smile Together, and delivered in partnership with The Fishermen’s Mission as part of their national SeaFit service, including their partner network of healthcare providers. Our award-winning Smiles at Sea partnership project is such a great example of an integrated healthcare initiative where every contact counts!
Smiles at Sea tour 2023
Our 2023 #SmilesAtSeaUK tour is visiting three additional ports this year thanks to generous funding from Seafarers Hospital Society. We start in Newlyn on 14th September and finish in Plymouth on 14th December, visiting Mevagissey, Padstow, Brixham, Hayle, Newquay and Looe along the way.
Fishermen and their dependent family members will receive a FREE check-up, immediate dental treatment, oral cancer screening and oral health advice at the harbourside, and we’ll be sharing our ‘Checking for mouth cancer at sea’ video created last year to encourage fishermen to regularly check for any unusual changes in the mouth.
In some locations there will also be FREE NHS health checks and screening, mental health counselling, information on self-management of long-term conditions, cancer information and physiotherapy from other healthcare providers.
Every eligible person who sees our dentist will receive a FREE oral health pack and healthy snacks plus be entered into our prize draw to win an electric toothbrush.
Everyone is invited to bring their old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes and associated packaging for recycling through our commitment to Colgate TerraCycle as our Bodmin practice is a registered drop-off point. We’re even planning some beach and/or harbourside cleans in each location – just what you’d expect from a B Corporation team who celebrated their certification on the beach at Godrevy!
Some highlights from #SmilesAtSeaUK 2023 so far!
Day 1 team for #SmilesAtSeaUK 2023 in Newlyn!
Outreach Dental Therapist Nat with fisherman in Newlyn
Pirate FM visited us. Here they are interviewing Julian from Fishermen's Mission
Outreach and Dental Nurse Development Manager, Ali, with fisherman at Newlyn
Newlyn School came to visit us at the harbourside
Oral Health education session with the children from Newlyn School
Group shot with Newlyn School
Oral cancer screening at the harbourside
Outreach Dental Nurse, Vickie with fisherman at Newlyn
Head of Marketing and Communications, Tracy, with fishermen's wife after treatment
BBC spotlight filming inside our mobile dental unit with Dental Nurse, Cindy
'Checking for mouth cancer at sea' video from 2022
During our 2022 #SmilesAtSeaUk harbourside tour we created this ‘Checking for mouth cancer at sea’ video to encourage fishermen to regularly check for any unusual changes in the mouth, but of course anyone can use this for guidance. Thanks to Mike from The Fishermen’s Mission for featuring in this and to SeaFit and Seafarers Hospital Society for their continued support.