DTA's nominated charity for 2018 - Den-Tech
Andrea Johnson, Chair of Den-Tech explains who Den-Tech are and why they are so excited to be working with the DTA in 2018:
When asked to describe Den-Tech Andrea explains that Den-Tech is a charity concerned with relieving poverty by the provision of affordable dental appliances to those patients who are in need and unable to afford treatment, this applies to both in the UK and abroad. She says 'We must look after those most vulnerable within our society, the ones that find themselves unable to access these services. Everyone regardless of stature or position is entitled to the basic human right to be able to eat properly and smile without shame or embarrassment and If I and all the other brilliant technicians around this country can help at all then we should and I am very proud to say that the UK techs have answered the call and are pulling out all the stops to help us to make a difference.'
This drive and enthusiasm was put into action fully for the first time over the Christmas period in 2017 through working with homeless charity Crisis, Den-Tech set up its first ever field lab alongside the Crisis at Christmas clinical dental team. The dental clinical team has been established with Crisis for 10+ years but has to date never been able to offer restorations to its homeless patients.
Over the period of the week the Den-Tech team of volunteers provided 24 same day dentures. A massive achievement when you take into consideration the fact that the team were working in a very basic makeshift dental lab housed in a school science laboratory.
It would not have been possible without the support of all the wonderful techs who gave up their time over the Christmas holidays to volunteer to make the dentures and the other fantastic technicians and companies who donated supplies and equipment to get this project off the ground.
Crisis dental service volunteers shared their views of the new denture service and explained that it was "amazing to make people feel great – it really was life changing for people" and that they were "surprised and thrilled to find we had a technician on site."
This new project in addition to the existing overseas ones has received a fantastic amount of support from the dental technician community who are pulling together to provide a full range of dental technology services free to those most vulnerable and needy in our society.
Working with the support of the DTA this year will help us get our message out to larger community of technicians and also enable us the wonderful opportunity to heartily thank every single one of those techs and companies who have helped so far. You are all truly wonderful!
If you would like to come and speak to the Den-Tech trustees in person please come and see us on stand E05 at the Dental Technology Showcase in May
Also If you would like to know more, volunteer your services, donate equipment and supplies or make a donation or get involved in a sponsored event to help raise funds please visit our website www.den-tech.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Those that actively support us also get the exclusive use of our supporter's logo to display on their web pages, literature, Facebook pages etc so please look out for this as you will know that each one of them is a good person/company who has gone out of their way to help make this world a better place.
If you would like to become one of our supporters and also receive your copy of our supporter's logo please do not hesitate to get in touch and see in which ways you can help, it is together that we are stronger and together that we can make a difference to the lives of those less fortunate.