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, one in Yorkshire 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.


Free dental checks for fishermen and their families were provided by Dentaid in Bridlington at the beginning of March 2019. Working from their mobile clinic down at the harbour, Dentaid treated seven grateful patients in just over six hours. Everyone had a check-up and oral health screening, including checks for oral cancer. And there was a significant amount of work to be done with 17 extractions, four fillings and three scale and polish.

When and where next?

We’ll be rolling out free dental checks in more locations over the coming months, starting in Poole on Tuesday 9th July with Dentaid. Then in the early autumn we’ll be doing a three week tour of Cornwall and Devon with Smile Together, starting on Monday 9th September. Following our success in 2018 we have extended the tour so we can visit more ports and treat more patients. Watch this space for regular updates.

To find out more call us on 020 8858 3696

Regular monthly service in Troon 

Since December 2018 we have been offering free dental checks and initial treatment to fishermen working out of Troon. Inspired by the mobile dental checks south of the border, Troon dentist, Chris Grant, wanted to do something to address dental health needs in the local fishing community.

Chris and his colleagues at Troon Dental Studio run a walk-in clinic for fishermen and their families from 2-6.30pm on the second Friday of each month. All the costs of the initial treatment are covered, including emergency fillings, scale and polish and any x-rays.

Troon Dental studio is located just 15 minutes’ walk from the harbour at 27 Barassie Street. So it’s free, local and convenient.

And there’s no need to book. Just turn up on a clinic day any time from 2pm-6.30pm, and you’ll be treated as soon as possible. The clinic operates on a first come, first served basis so be sure to arrive early.

For more information about the Troon dental service for fishermen, download a leaflet or call Mission Superintendent Paula Daly on 07827 966 023 or email: