Tooth Bus Visits Hampshire Universities and Colleges

Tooth Bus, a mobile dental clinic providing free NHS dental check-ups, is targeting students at the Universities of Southampton and Portsmouth during May as part of its campaign to raise awareness of the importance of oral health. 

Students between 18 and 21 generally let their oral health slide as they move away from home and visits to the dentist drop down the list of priorities.   To tackle this problem, the Tooth Bus will be on site so that students can pop-along to the Tooth Bus for a free dental check-up and advice.

The Tooth Bus will visit two locations, stopping first at Southampton University on 23 and 27 May and then Portsmouth University on 30 May and Highbury College of FE Portsmouth on 16 June.

The Tooth Bus initiative aims to enable more people to access NHS dental services regularly. Students who are found to need further dental care will be referred to a local NHS dentist for further treatment.

Natalie Jones, Contract Manager, Wessex Area Team, NHS England, said;

“The Tooth Bus is a good way for young people who haven’t visited a dentist for a couple of years to have a quick check-up in a relaxed environment.   I would really urge students to take advantage of this free service while it is available on site.  The bus will be operate from 10.30am – 4pm either by appointment or as a drop-in service.”

Winchester based Iosis Dental Clinic Ltd has been commissioned to deliver the NHS  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 or call 0844 880 5331.