2016 is a momentous year for Dentaid as we celebrate 20 years since the founding of the organisation. Much has been achieved during this time and the charity’s impact in providing resources and support for the relief of dental pain in a number of countries around the world, has been considerable. There is a new vibrancy about the activities and recent initiatives in the UK, which is reflected in a new, fresh website. The excellent team who work at the Old Sawmills are well placed to ensure that Dentaid’s outreach and impact will spread and increase in the years ahead.
May I take this opportunity of thanking all our volunteers and supporters for the effort and enthusiasm that you have brought to Dentaid over the last 20 years and for all that you have helped us achieve.
My first experience of using my dental skills outside of a ‘Western’ environment was in 1999 when I went on my dental elective to Yap in Micronesia. I spent 4 weeks assisting the local dentist in providing emergency and simple restorative dental care to the local population. It was a steep learning curve for me as I was still a student, but it’s a time that will be forever etched in my memory as one a highlights of my life.
I am passionate about increasing awareness on the impact dental health can have on general health, and have published a book on this topic. I predict over the next 5-10 years we will see this aspect of dental care taking on more and more significance.
When I became aware of the dental need around the world through a friend who was a trustee at Dentaid, I was delighted to be able to offer my input in helping to evolve this amazing charity. It’s clear that the passion and commitment that volunteers and the team at Dentaid have towards improving the lives, dental health and general health of people they have never met is fulfilling and inspiring and I am humbled to be a part.
I work as an international business coach and trainer specialising in dentistry, working with practice owners and their teams, helping them make their good practices great. I am passionate about dentistry and its capacity to change lives. Since the age of eight I was determined to have a career in dentistry, assisting people improve their dental health, beauty and happiness. Before working as a dental business coach I ran my own successful practice in Buckinghamshire.
I am passionate about dentistry and I’m always keen to put on a pair of rubber gloves and pick up a mirror and probe. I currently offer dental care for the local out of hours emergency service, Crisis at Christmas and as a dental volunteer for Dentaid.
I recently transitioned from non-runner to marathon runner within nine months and completed the London Marathon in April to raise money for Dentaid.
I am a dentist at Whitehall House Dental Practice in Wimborne. I graduated from Bristol University in 2005, where I was awarded the BDA medal for clinical dentistry, before completing further training in restorative dentistry and an implant diploma at the Eastman Dental Institute, London.
I am passionate about the work that Dentaid does, recognising the need for dental projects in so many areas of society, both at home and further afield. I have conducted studies on Infant Oral Mutilation (IOM) and helped lead an action team for Dentaid on this work. I joined the board of trustees in 2012 and have a desire to see more communities suffering from dental related problems have access to care, and more to be done to help educate children in preventive care.
I have been a supporter of Dentaid for 10 years. I am a practising NHS dentist and Vocational Trainer and have been on many Dentaid Overseas trips to carry out outreach dentistry in several developing countries.
I have seen the desperate need so many people have in countries where there is no access to dental services. This results in people having pain for months and years, sometimes with severe medical complications. Also I have seen how each country has different needs and there is no single cure. Dentaid seeks to discover and address these needs for the benefit of all our patients.