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Tower Bridge Road dentist helps Cambodian street children

Bermondsey dentist Lydia Pink has been in Cambodia providing dental care for street children.

Tower Bridge Road dentist helps Cambodian street children

Lydia Pink, a dentist at Annobil's in Tower Bridge Road, last month spent two hectic weeks which were a culmination of a campaign to bring some relief to children who had never visited a dentist.

She was accompanied by two dental therapists and on arrival they worked alongside the Sultan of Brunei's former dentist who set up a project. He is working full-time with nurses to help the many children who include, orphans and disabled working in rubbish tips. Most have HIV.

Much advance fundraising was needed to pay for equipment and on arrival Lydia was able, after negotiation for a generous discount, to purchase a dental chair. Much of her work included preventative treatment and the trio was able to present to a year's supply of fluoride treatment to ten schools.

Many of Lydia's Tower Bridge Road patients have been taking an interest in her trip and donated money.

In 2005, during her final year at King's Dental Insitute at Guy's Hospital, Lydia ran a mobile dental clinic in Vietnam with two fellow students. On their trip they performed a hundred extractions and filled 150 teeth. None of the children had seen a dentist before.

Meanwhile Lydia is personally sponsoring a child through school and planning to return in six months. Anyone wishing to donate towards further equipment and can contact Lydia Pink at thepinkdentist@googlemail.com

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