Tooth Bus comes to the Isle of Wight
Tooth Bus, a mobile dental clinic providing free NHS dental check-ups, arrives on the Isle of Wight on Monday 20 May as part of its tour of the region. The bus is due during National Smile Month, a national campaign designed to raise awareness of the importance of oral health.
Isle of Wight residents will be able to pop-along to the Tooth Bus for a free dental check-up and advice during the next two weeks. The Tooth Bus will visit two locations, stopping first at Sainsbury’s car park in Newport from 20 – 25 May and then Waitrose car park in East Cowes from the 28 May to 1 June.
The Tooth Bus initiative aims to enable more people to access NHS dental services regularly. Residents who are found to need further dental care will be referred to a local NHS dentist or the new walk-in dental service in East Cowes, which opened in March.
Natalie Jones, Contract Manager, Wessex Area Team, NHS England, said; “The Tooth Bus is a good way for those who haven’t visited a dentist for a couple of years to have a quick check-up in a relaxed environment. The bus is there from 10.30am – 4pm and operates a drop-in service.”
Winchester based Iosis Dental Clinic Ltd has been commissioned to deliver the NHS drop-in Tooth Bus service.
Shapour Hariri, Director of Iosis Dental Clinic said: “Our Tooth Bus provides 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. The Tooth Bus is an excellent first step to better oral hygiene.”
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.
To find an NHS dentist on the Isle of Wight, visit www.hampshiredentalhelpline.nhs.uk or call 111.