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Public Interest

The Dental School and Hospital is a major, publicly funded institution. As such, we think it’s important for members of the public to know what we do, and how we engage with individuals and community groups.

One of our key areas of service is in providing training for the dental workforce of the future. The training of dentists and dental care professionals is intensively ‘hands-on’, including the treatment of members of the public. This is conducted in our teaching clinics, where trainee dentists and hygienists/therapists care for patients under the supervision of qualified staff. Our need for new patients varies throughout the year, and year to year, so we can’t guarantee to take everybody who applies. One of the benefits of being cared for in a student teaching clinic is that our volunteer patients receive free dental treatment.

There are a number of web sites available with helpful for information about dental and oral health.