The Dental Academy threw open its doors and invited everyone over 60 to have a free dental screening and oral cancer check last month. The event was part of Portsmouth City Council’s 60+ Festival, a fortnight of activities for the over 60’s Portsmouth residents.
The sessions were run by our 2nd and 3rd year Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy students together with our final year dental students from King’s College London Dental Institute. 14 Portsmouth over 60 residents booked to attend and, of those not already registered with a dentist, we were able to offer them treatment going forward. Part of the Dental Academy’s philosophy is to take on patients with high treatment needs, provide care to significantly improve their overall oral health so they are ‘dentally fit’ and then help them find a local NHS dentist for ongoing maintenance and preventative care.
We would like to thank our dental hygiene and therapy students, dental students and our staff members. as there has been great feedback from the participants:
‘Loved my freebies!’
‘It’s so clean and colourful!’
‘This was fantastic!’
‘I’ve learnt so much – thank you so much!’
The students found the event, not only enjoyable, but educationally valuable and emphasised the importance of communication and not using too much jargon. The students also enjoyed meeting the participants in a more relaxed, informal environment. The event provided the dental students and hygiene therapy students a great opportunity to work together and chat to the participants on the professional role the dental hygiene and dental therapist have in helping patients maintain good oral health.