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Malvern dentist raises a smile for Chernobyl children

Malvern Editorial 24th Jul, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A TOWN dentist has provided free dental care for children who have suffered from the repercussions of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

Beacon DentalCare has been cleaning the teeth for the youngsters from Belarus who suffer high levels of tooth decay, often with large cavities, due to the high levels of radiation in their home environment and a poor diet.

The practice provides care which aims to maintain their permanent teeth for as long as possible as well as teaching them the best way to brush which they can pass on to their family members.

Karen Sutton, principle dentist at Beacon, said: “It always surprises me how much tooth decay these children have suffered.

“I can’t imagine how painful it must be to have so many bad teeth at such a young age.

“The Beacon team are always delighted by the children’s behaviour and manners, every year.

“We repair as many of their teeth as we can aiming to use materials that will stand the test of time when they go back home again.

“We also have some fun with them and our hygienists teach them toothbrushing techniques that they can go and share when they get back to their families.”

In partnership with Chernobyl Children’s Lifeline this is the fifth year in a row Beacon, in Malvern Link, has provided help to deprived children.

The Chernobyl disaster occurred in 1986 when an experiment at a nuclear power plant in Ukraine went wrong.

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