New dental health service for fishermen

Free dental checks for fishermen and their families

Dental health is just as important as physical and mental health but when you’re out at sea it’s often not a priority. And if you can’t get to see a dentist or you neglect your teeth it can lead to significant problems later on.

That’s why the Seafarers Hospital Society has partnered with the Fishermen’s Mission and community dental providers Smile Together and Dentaid, to take dental health services into the fishing community. We’re providing free dental checks and follow-up treatment for fishermen and their families at a variety of harbourside locations. We’re using state of the art mobile dental units, staffed by dentists, dental nurses and drivers, to provide high quality dental care where it’s needed.

And this is now part of the SeaFit Programme.

Where have we been?

So far we’ve visited 8 different fishing communities in the South West of England and one in the North East of Scotland.

Cornwall and Devon

At the end of June 2018 we spent two weeks with Smile Together treating fishermen and their families in 7 locations:

  • Newlyn
  • Hayle
  • Newquay
  • Padstow
  • Mevagissey
  • Looe
  • Brixham

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At the beginning of July we spent a day in Poole harbour with Dentaid.


At the beginning of October 2018 we provided free dental health checks and initial treatment to fishermen and their families in Peterhead as part at the first health check event for SeaFit. Dentaid were our partners this time. Over the course of three days they treated 21 patients. Everyone had a full oral health check plus advice on how to clean their teeth, there were 16 scale and polish treatments, four extractions and three fillings.

When and where next?

We’ll be rolling out free dental checks in more locations over the coming months. Watch this space for regular updates.

To find out more call us on 020 8858 3696