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Cardiff dentist plans to travel to Calais to help refugees with dental care


A Cardiff dentist has said he would like to travel to Calais next month to help provide refugees with dental treatment; Raid Ali, 42, was born in Iraq and moved to Wales in 1998 where he lives with his wife and three children. Ali has been a qualified dentist for almost twenty years and is planning to use these skills to help refugees in Calais with their dental health, as well as providing medical help at the French port.

Raid called his trip a ‘humanitarian thing’ and added that he ‘really wanted to help’ the people who are fleeing warzones and looking for a better life in the UK. He told walesonline ‘A lot of people have been collecting and donating items but I don’t think a lot of people can give what I can give, which is medical and dental care.’

Raid, who runs his own dental practice, said that he would be willing to travel to help people all over Europe if necessary and he explained that, as the refugee crisis worsens, he felt he should do something to help the people in need. He said ‘Even if there are already doctors at refugee camps around Europe there may be language barrier problems. I could be there to translate for them, especially medical terms which can be quite hard to communicate.’

Man pulls out his own teeth after failing to find a dentist


A Gulf war veteran has resorted to carrying out his own dental work after he couldn’t find an NHS dentist that was taking on new patients. Ian Boynton, 42, of Beverley, Yorkshire, had not had his teeth examined since he was in the army over ten years ago. He claimed he has tried to get in at around thirty different surgeries in the past eight years but was unsuccessful and when his teeth started to hurt in 2006 he had no choice but to try out some DIY dental treatment

Ian first started to experience pain in his front tooth and resorted to pulling the troublesome tooth out with pliers because it was hurting so much; he said ‘Amazingly, it did not hurt as much as you might think. I think I’d been prising it that much in the meantime that I’d been killing the nerve.’

Altogether, Ian has pulled out thirteen of his own teeth in the last two years alone and now only has two left on the top jaw. The former army medic served in Iraq in 2003 but found himself on benefits and unable to afford private dental care after leaving the service due to injury. He said ‘It’s a horrible situation to be in when you can’t afford to go to the dentist when my teeth were so bad. I desperately needed a dentist because, although I’m no longer in pain, I need to have false teeth as I’m finding it difficult to eat.’

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