A cheaper fix for teeth in need
Going to the dentist is often a dreaded experience, but for many Kiwis it’s a luxury they simply cannot afford.
Serena Dempsey moved to Mt Wellington 15 months ago from South Africa and is in need of urgent dental care.
However, despite Dempsey and her husband both in employment, the bill is well beyond their budget.
Four of her teeth are broken and one is infected which has spread through to her sinuses.
Dempsey says she has good dental hygiene habits, however months of neglecting to visit a dentist has left in her teeth in disrepair.
She is taking antibiotics to numb the pain of the infection and says she can barely chew her food.
Smile NZ is a joint initiative run by Southern Cross Health Trust and the New Zealand Dental Association offering free dental care to low income adults.
The initiative has been running for three years