FREE dental care for injured & medically discharged Royal Marines
Coming back to civilian life after leaving the services, not through choice but through disability caused in the line of duty, can be a challenging period for a former Royal Marine and the adjustment may be fraught with hurdles and disappointments. Smilestar aims to help the dozens of medically discharged Royal Marines leaving annually, in one area of their new lives. Having been kept ‘dentally fit’ by the Armed Forces, marines can now be offered a choice of free dental care in the community where they settle. Sympathetic dental practices can join a national scheme. Over 75 practices around the UK, from Aberdeen to Helston, are already signed up to the scheme.
The scheme is being run jointly by Smilestar and The Royal Marines Charity whose mission is mobilise the business community to support the Royal Marines. Marine applicants are introduced to the scheme through the normal resettlement process and those who are interested are passed through to SmileStar for details of their nearest participating practice.
Free dental care in Africa
Each year, volunteers from a variety of dental practices including Devon Dental Centre of Excellence, Riverview Dental Totnes, Quality Dental Care, Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence, go on missions to Kenya, India and Uganda to treat poor communities.
Fundraising events are held to finance the equipment required to provide services overseas so that all charitable donations go towards setting up dental clinics and providing much needed treatment.