New Forest Gate dental surgery opens

Newham residents can look forward to better smiles and oral health after a new dental surgery opened in Forest Gate.

The clinic, in Shrewsbury Road is run by Kent Community Health NHS Trust and was opened by Newham Mayor Sir Robin Wales. It will provide residents with specialist services such as, oral examinations, routine care sedation, general anaesthetics, treatment of patients with gum disease and home visits for those who are housebound.

The surgery has been designed to be totally flexible to allow delivery of dentistry to patients in wheelchairs, on stretchers, or with complex physical needs. Some of the patients have physical needs that benefit from the updated premises, including a wheelchair platform and bariatric dental chair.

The service focuses on special care dentistry for patients with learning difficulties, mental health problems, physical impairments, dental phobia, housebound people and children with tooth decay or other issues that make the provision of dentistry more complex.

Dr Mary Henderson, Assistant Clinical Director, Community Dental Services, said: “Our team has skills in managing patients with special needs and our new clinic at Shrewsbury Road in Newham will make it even easier for our patients to get the dental treatment they need.”