Dental School Students Offering Free Dental Treatment
The Peninsula Dental School is offering free dental treatment to hundreds of people, as a means of enabling their students to develop their clinical skills and get used to the working environment.
The school already provides free treatment to a large number of local adults and facilities in Plymouth and Truro have places available for free treatment for children. Students in their third and fourth years provide a range of dental services, including check-ups, fillings and extractions and they also provide advice about oral hygiene and preventing gum disease and decay.
The Exeter facility has the capability to treat around 300 extra patients and the school is hoping to use the centre to train first year dental students. The Heavitree facility opens between March and July and students practice basic skills under the supervision of qualified dentists. First year students are able to offer filings, check-ups and provide advice about oral hygiene and general oral health issues.
Professor Gill Jones, from the school, said that the programme was mutually beneficial for students and local people and provides an excellent opportunity for residents to benefit from free dental care. Treatment times are slightly longer than usual because the students are still learning, but the services are available free of charge and patients can feel content that they are providing students with a valuable learning experience, which will help to ensure that the dentists of tomorrow are well-trained and equipped to deal with the world of work. All treatments are carried out under the supervision of qualified dentists.
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