Part of the national SeaFit programme funded by Seafarers UK and delivered by Smile Together in partnership with The Fishermen’s Mission and Seafarers Hospital Society.
Whilst we couldn’t provide dental treatment from a mobile unit this year due to the pandemic, in line with Covid-19 safety measures, we brought fishermen and their dependent family members an experienced qualified oral health dental nurse to the harboursides to:
Improve knowledge and awareness of good oral health
Share ways to reduce sugar intake and change eating habits
Provide toothbrushing advice to improve dental health
Signpost to emergency dental provision if required
Talk about our plans for visiting the harboursides with a mobile dental unit in 2021
Social distancing was observed and in some locations there was free Healthy Lifestyle advice and information from other healthcare providers.
We also encouraged people to bring along their old toothbrushes and toothpaste tubes for recycling – and after seeing our oral health dental nurse, fishermen received a FREE pack of oral health items and healthy snacks.