Socially excluded dental care
It is extremely difficult for the homeless or those with drug/alcohol dependency to access regular dental care in the normal way.
Specialised dentistry for those who need it
Evidence shows people in this group may neglect their teeth because of their lifestyle and this can lead to a lack of confidence. There are a lot of associated health problems that are exacerbated by poor dental health, i.e. heart conditions, diabetes and pneumonia. Furthermore, there are even more associated social problems, i.e. poor appearance causing lack of confidence, not smiling, so unable to greet someone in a positive way, all of which can result in low self-esteem.
We work with organisations and outreach services throughout Gloucestershire to help vulnerable people access dental treatment, which can often be emergency care.
If a patient/client is in pain, please contact 0300 421 6440 for advice. For routine dental care, we accept referrals from a medical practioner or other healthcare professional.
When to use this service
- Is the patient homeless?
- Are you/they dependent on drugs or alcohol?
- Do you/they use outreach services?
You may be eligible to be treated by our service. We accept referrals from general dental practitioners and healthcare professionals. Ask about being referred to us for your dental treatment.