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Dentaid: Emma sets out from Chard to offer care in Cambodia.

Dentaid: Emma sets out from Chard to offer care in Cambodia.

Today our dental nurse Emma Turner is setting out to spend two weeks in Cambodia. But it’s not going to be a holiday. Emma is offering dental care. She’ll be one of the team on a wonderful Dentaid programme dedicated to ease dental pain around the world.

What is Dentaid?

Dentaid is a registered charity dedicated to improving oral health here in the UK and also overseas. The wonderful work the committed volunteers at the offices near Salisbury do is impressive. They are an inspirational team, motivating and enabling health care professionals like Emma to make even more of a difference than they already do.
SpaDental nurse Emma shown skydiving for Dentaid fund-raising
The four key words of the Dentaid mission are:

Equip – Treat – Educate – Train

What will Emma be doing?

As a registered dental nurse, Emma is using her experience and expertise to help treat patients’ teeth in Cambodia.

Based in Phnom Penh, she’ll be one of a team visiting orphanages, schools, churches and prisons in the city and the outlying rural areas. She’ll be working alongside Cambodian dentists.

They’ll offer patients: general dental pain relief treatments, dental sealant coatings to prevent decay, and oral health education.

Springside Dental Practice supports Emma’s drive.

Ensuring the treatment of patients overseas is as safe as it is here in the UK is important. Having sufficient supplies is a challenge dental practitioners in Cambodia face day to day.

Emma will be taking with her a generous supply of essential dental materials, such as gloves, wipes, face masks and visors, to contribute to the care programme.

How did Emma make her trip happen?

Those of you who know Emma will have realised that she’s caring, determined, resourceful and has energy to share.

A sponsored 15,000 ft skydive was an exhilarating personal challenge. Of course, as you can see in the photo, Emma managed a brilliant smile all the way through.

Just a little more sedately, Emma organised a range of events such as a cream tea weekend, a raffle and tombola, and a lot of sales of anything from cakes to plants to whatever she could fit in her car boot.

Emma’s goal was to reach £2,000, and she has exceeded her target. Already her contribution to the dental health of the people of Cambodia is going above and beyond.

Here in Chard, Springside is also helping children to live a life free from dental pain.

In support of government initiatives to improve the oral health of children, we are currently registering children as new NHS patients.

Do you have a child at home who’s not too enthusiastic about tooth-brushing?

You can download a handy Dentaid tooth-brushing record chart here. Dentaid tooth brushing chart

It’s great for charting tooth-brushing regularity!

Tooth care tips for children of all ages.

Good dentistry makes our world a better place!