Smiles from the children of Chernobyl
A dental practice in Ripon has provided free dental care for children affected by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster
For the seventh year running, Bupa Dental Care Ripon has partnered with the charity Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline to provide free dental check-ups, hygienist appointments and guidance on good oral care with the aim of improving the children’s overall health as they live with the ongoing effects of the disaster.
Receptionist at Bupa Dental Care Ripon, Natalie Oddy, said: ‘Sadly, the effects of the Chernobyl disaster continue to be felt to this day.
‘Access to quality healthcare remains a significant challenge in Belarus, so we’re keen to support these children in whatever way we can.
She explained that educating and encouraging children to take good care of their mouth, teeth and gums was incredibly important.
The charity brings a group of children from Ukraine to the UK each year to boost their physical and mental health, whilst giving them a period of respite.
Bupa Dentist, Kate Knowlson, added: ‘This is the seventh year that the charity has come to visit.
‘During their appointment with us, the children received a full dental examination, appropriate treatment and they also left with a goody bag.
‘The children were excited about their gifts and promised to make brushing teeth part of the daily routine, so it’s smiles all round.’
Louise Hudson, Chernobyl Children’s Lifelife group co-ordinator, added: ‘We’d like to thank the staff at Bupa Dental Care Ripon for giving up their time and accommodating the children.
‘As a charity, we are reliant on the goodwill of companies such as Bupa Dental Care and we are very grateful that they are on hand to help provide the children with some much needed care and respite.’