The Bradford dentist is travelling with the Dental Mavericks to aid children with no access to dental care.
Carl Taylor is the principle dentist at Taylored Dental Care and will travel to Morocco with a group of other dentists at the end of May.
The dentists involved are a part of a charity called Dental Mavericks. All dentists involved will be paying for the trip entirely with their own money and will be carrying out as many treatments as they can free of charge. Dr Taylor, who also has practices in Keighley, Idle, Wisbey and Ilkley, has said many of the children in Morocco don’t have the opportunity of basic dental care. He said:
“I know there is a great need out there, and a lot of people and children live a long way away from dentists, as they cannot go into the towns and cities.
“It’s heartbreaking seeing children with swelled up faces that are so easy to treat but they are in so much pain.
“There is a group of us going out there, and there has been groups that have been in the past with Dental Mavericks.”
The charity was founded in 2010 and since being founded has helped over 30,000 children. Dr Taylor will begin the experience on the 22nd of May and return on the 25th of May, his aim is to treat 20 children per day during his time in Morocco. The group of dentists will be working in Asni, a small town that is situated in the foothills of the High Atlas Mountains, 33 miles south of the city of Marrakech.
Cally Gedge, co-founder of Dental Mavericks, said the work the dentists will be carrying out could be lifesaving:
“They are going to a remote area in the mountains, where the children have no dental care.”
“Some of the children there have developed septicaemia which usually starts as a toothache and is easily treated, but when it is left untreated it can be fatal.”
“The work Carl and the other doctors will be carrying out is very important, because toothache can eventually kill you and we want to stop these easily preventable deaths.”
“We feel these visits are important to help us give back to the community, and these children have nothing.”
While working in Asni, the dentists will be working with the Eve Branson Foundation, which was started by the mother of entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. This foundation claims to improve the lives of young people in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains.
You can support the Dental Mavericks by texting MAVS11 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 or by visiting the charity’s Virgin Giving webpage HERE.