Dental worker helped children in Morocco

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A DENTAL hygienist has helped more than 1,000 youngsters after volunteering with a charity,

Umama Begum was part of a team of 11 that went to Morocco to help youngsters.

The dental hygienist and therapist travelled with dental charity Dentaid.

She said: ‘This was by far the most challenging but fulfilling week of my dental career,’.

Ms Begum, who studied at Portsmouth University’s Dental Academy and works at practices in Portsmouth and Basin Road Dental Surgery in Chichester, added: ‘When I first started this journey I didn’t realise exactly how happy I would feel doing this trip.

‘The contentment I got from treating the little ones has given me the enthusiasm to continue doing volunteering trips in the future.’

The team helped hundreds of children who had been living with dental pain but had no access to care.

Ms Begum pulled out hundreds of teeth and put in hundreds of fillings – along with the team handing out 3,000 toothbrushes.

Trustee of the charity Dentaid, Mark Inman, said: ‘Everywhere we went we received an incredible welcome – the children will never forget the day the dentists came to school.’