Bolton refugees receive life-saving dental care thanks to dentists who donated their time

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REFUGEES in Bolton and Greater Manchester will receive free dental care after dentists volunteer their time.

The Manchester Refugee Support Network (MRSN) has been inundated with new refugees in need of urgent dental treatment, many telling the charity they are in excruciating pain and it is impacting their mental health.

Faced with unprecedented demand to help refugees with medical services, MRSN sought help from several dental practices, the charity was either ignored or rejected. The team feared they would not be able to find a solution to help those who were suffering relentlessly.

Dr Naveed Patel shows refugee children the best dental hygiene methods

Ditching weekends for the past few months, the Stockport-based Precision Dental Clinic team answered MRSN’s call to action and donated over a hundred hours of treatment.

From educating refugee children as young as three years old on how to properly clean their teeth, to elderly patients who had given up all hope of having restorative dental care, the team of experts provided permanent dental solutions. . Dental work also included preeminent fillings, dental bridges for those with missing teeth, allowing them to smile with confidence and eat without fear of causing further dental damage.

The team also gave oral hygiene instructions, toothbrush instructions, oral care kits, mouthwash and toothpaste to each patient. For many refugees, it was the first time they had held a toothbrush.

Dr Naveed Patel shows refugee children the best dental hygiene methods

Dr Naveed Patel shows refugee children the best dental hygiene methods

MRSN has also received a commitment from Precision Dental Clinic that it will continue to donate time and resources with future cosmetic solutions planned to increase some of the confidence of refugees, as they build a life in their new country. The clinic is also committed to supporting any Ukrainian refugees the charity may be tasked with helping to obtain vital dental services.

A Manchester Refugee Support Network spokesperson said: “We cannot thank Precision Dental Clinic enough for the work they have done, the compassion they have shown to refugees and asylum seekers who in many many cases, had lost all hope of receiving any form of dental work.

“It has been such a relief to finally have a solution for our desperate customers and the sacrifice and care the team has shown is beyond what we could have imagined at MRSN.”

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