Fishermen get free dental treatment at Cornish ports

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With Cornwall residents currently waiting up to five years to register with a dentist, the project hopes to help solve the problem within the fishing industry.

This week, fishermen and their families are being offered free dental care at Cornwall ports.

The Smiles at Sea project offers free dental checks, emergency treatment and oral cancer screening at three fishing ports in Cornwall as well as one in Devon.

Today, Tuesday 5 October, was the second day of dentists at Newlyn Port, the busiest port visited by the project.

Funded by Smile Together Dental CIC, the free dental treatment is offered in partnership with The Fishermen’s Mission and Healthy Cornwall.

With Cornwall residents currently waiting up to five years to register with a dentist, the project hopes to help address the problem within the fishing industry, where the nature of the work can make it even more difficult to commit to appointments.

Smiles at Sea says that the treatment offered by harbouside will alleviate any immediate dental issues with simple tooth extraction, permanent fillings, scaling and polishing.

Where more complex oral surgery is required, fishermen will be referred through NHS routes.

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