As a community dentist in Loughborough, I provide comprehensive care for patients who can’t access care in the general dental services for a variety of reasons.
Health inequalities can be particularly pronounced for the patients we see in the community setting, I feel it’s mine and my teams’ duty to help reduce those inequalities.
The patients we treat face barriers on a daily basis and what I love most about my job, is trying to find solutions to those barriers to care.
We are fortunate to have more time to spend with these patients, relieving their anxieties, really listening to individuals' concerns, and responding to their needs.
It can often take several appointments to build up trust with these patients and each one is unique and treating them involves apply a wide range of clinical skills, as well as interpersonal ones.
But the rewards are massive, I’ll always remember a patient who had struggled in the past to come to dental appointments, but we helped her overcome her fears and she came in for treatment. At a follow-up appointment, I called her name in the waiting room and she smiled at me with her new dentures, looking so happy and confident - that was a great moment.
I’m proud to be part of a community of dentists who work together to try and reduce health inequalities and strive to put prevention at the heart of everything we do.
To me being a professional means having a responsibility to my patients and my colleagues to deliver the highest level of care that I can.
Charlotte Waite, Dentist and problem solver