Milton Keynes dentist to travel to Kenya with Dentaid

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A private dentist from Milton Keynes is gearing up to volunteer in Kenya as part of a project run by UK-based charity, Dentaid.

Dr Manish Gudka, from Aspects Dental, will be joined by his wife, Dr Ashika Shah, and the couple will be part of a team of volunteers based in remote villages. The aim of the visit is to provide dental care for people living in communities where access to even the most basic services is extremely poor. The majority of the patients the team will treat will never have seen a dentist before.

A recent oral health survey revealed that 75% of children have gum disease and 95% of adults experienced dental issues last year in Kenya.

The Dentaid team is hoping to see around 100 patients per day and volunteers will be working with Kenyan dental professionals, who are supported by the charity. In addition to offering routine services, the team will also be providing preventative treatments, including fluoride varnish, and offering oral hygiene advice.

The trip will run from June 27th to July 12th.

During their time in Kenya, the dental duo will be swapping state of the art treatment rooms for temporary clinics and portable equipment. Speaking about the opportunity, Dr Shah said that she was always looking for ways to support those in need, and Dentaid projects target communities that have no access to dental care.

To raise money for the trip, the couple is hosting a quiz night and a charity car wash.

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