DENTAL staff at one Matlock practice were kept busy this week after a group of children affected by the Chernobyl disaster visited for a check-up.
For the last three years now, staff at Holt House Dental practice, Matlock, have offered free treatment to the disadvantaged children – some of which have never received any dental care in their lives.
Lisa Eaton, Practice Manager, said: “We do as much treatment as we can and always send them home with toothbrushes and toothpaste.
“Some of the children are a bit nervous about getting the treatment, but they understand that it helps them in the long run.”
The age of the children who visit ranges between seven and fifteen-years-old.
However, it’s not just the children who receive treatment as the adults accompanying the group also get a free check-up.
Lisa said: “It takes a whole morning to see all the patients and some usually have to come back for further treatment.”
The yearly trip is organised by Chernobyl Children’s Life Line – a charity dedicated to helping children affected by the terrible nuclear disaster of 1986.
All the children and their supervisors are housed with families in Chesterfield who volunteer their own time to look after the visitors.
The trip is not just about ensuring everybody’s dental health is up to check, though.
Children also head on visits to places such as Chatsworth and always find the time to ride the roller coasters at Alton Towers.
Lisa said: “Giving the children this treatment is something that Genesis Dental Care Director, John Skelton, has been passionate about for a long time now.”
The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26 1986 after one of the reactors at the Chernobyl nuclear power station exploded.
As air was sucked into the shattered reactor it ignited carbon monoxide gas causing a reactor fire which burned for nine days.
Because the reactor was not housed in a reinforced concrete shell, as is standard practice, the building sustained severe damage and large amounts of radioactive debris escaped into the atmosphere which remains today.