Dentaid launches first Pay What You Can dentistry scheme

International dentistry charity Dentaid has teamed up with The Real Junk Food Project Dewsbury to launch a new scheme that will help vulnerable people who find it difficult to access NHS dentistry.

The Real Junk Tooth Project will provide emergency, pain relieving dentistry.  A pilot project is being launched in Dewsbury on Thursday, December 3 and, if it is successful, could be introduced in other towns and cities in 2016.

Dentists and support staff are volunteering their time to provide emergency treatment on a ‘pay what you can’ basis. Between 6pm and 8pm people suffering dental pain can turn up and wait to be seen at Dewsbury Dental Centre on Halifax Road in the West Yorkshire town. They will only pay what they can afford.

The idea came about after The Real Junk Food Project Dewsbury realised that many of the homeless people, low wage and migrant workers, and vulnerable people it was feeding at its cafes and drop-in sessions couldn’t enjoy their meals of donated food because they were suffering from toothache. Many had been living in pain for several months.

Dentaid is committed to eradicating dental pain around the world whatever people’s circumstances might be. We are working with The Real Junk Food Project Dewsbury to launch the project which is our first in the UK. Dentaid is also looking for other dentists who would be interested in volunteering their time for future Real Junk Tooth Projects and would love to hear from anyone who would be willing to donate consumables. Please email or call 01794 324249.


To find out more about The Real Junk Tooth Project visit
For more information about Dentaid visit


Pictured: Paul Burr from the Real Junk Food Project Dewsbury,with dental nurse Katie Labourn and dentist Nick O Donovan who are volunteering their time for The Real Junk Tooth Project

Published by Alun Rees

Dental Business Coach. Analyst. Troubleshooter. Consultant. Writer. Presenter. Broadcaster.

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