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.

 

Where we went:

 

As well as receiving a FREE pack of oral health items and healthy snacks, every eligible person who came to see our oral health dental nurse was also entered into a free prize draw!

 

What’s it like being a Smiles at Sea volunteer? Let our Brighter Smiles Administrator, Alison Dunn, tell you all about it: https://smiletogether.co.uk/smiles-at-sea-volunteer-story/

 

We have proudly published our Impact Special Edition showcasing the impact of #SmilesAtSea 2020 – click here to download your copy and take a look at our photos to see what else we got up to:

 

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

Smile Together logo in pink and purple
Seafarers Hospital Society dreadnought logo
Seafarers UK logo with strapline Supporting the maritime community
Seafit Programme logo
The Fishermen's Mission logo

Registered charity numbers: Seafarers Hospital Society 231724 | Fishermen’s Mission 232822 | Seafarers UK 226446