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The Tooth Bus comes to Reading

FREE NHS dental check ups now available across Berkshire

The Tooth Bus - a new mobile dental clinic providing free NHS dental check-ups - will be launched in Reading on Wednesday 29 August at the Asda Shopping Centre in Tilehurst.  The Tooth Bus will be stopping at various venues across Berkshire over the next two months as part of a drive to improve access to NHS dentistry and deliver oral health promotion in the county.

Winchester-based Iosis Dental Clinics Ltd has been commissioned by NHS Berkshire to deliver the service which will provide free dental check-ups to people who have not seen an NHS dentist for two years or more.

Shapour Hariri, Director of Iosis Dental Clinics said:

“This is a major new dental health drive that aims to actively tackle the perceived lack of access to NHS dental services across Berkshire.  Our new Tooth Bus will be touring across Berkshire providing oral health education together with a free dental check-up for patients who have not seen an NHS dentist in the previous two years.   If a patient is found to need treatment, they will be referred on to a local NHS dental practice so that they can receive ongoing dental care.

“We have been running a similar mobile service to selected communities in Hampshire over the last two years which has been very successful and well received by the community.  Mobile health care of this sort is a fantastic way of reaching out to communities who may not have easy access to dental or health clinics and can also be a good way of connecting health care with hard to reach communities.”

Director of Public Health for Berkshire West, Janet Maxwell said: “It’s great news that the Tooth Bus is coming to Reading and Berkshire.  We have set a priority to improve access to NHS dental services and this will help us reach more people and signpost them to local dentist for on-going support. It has become increasingly important to keep our teeth and gums healthy. It is recognised that good oral health contributes to overall health and wellbeing so we are keen to encourage people to have regular dental checks. If you haven’t been to an NHS dentist in the last two years, now is the chance to get a free check-up.’’

The bus will be stopping at easily accessible points such as shopping centres, supermarkets and community centres across Berkshire, including Reading and Slough.  Patients wanting to use the service should visit www.toothbus.co.uk to find a full list of locations for where the bus is visiting, or call  0844 880 5331.

Published on 15 August 2012

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