Smiles at Sea to Get SeaFit in Cornwall and Devon


Smiles at Sea to Get SeaFit in Cornwall and Devon

This year’s #SmilesAtSea and SeaFit tour of Cornwall and Devon will be a little different due to Covid-19 regulations. Our focus will be on increasing fishermen and their family’s knowledge and awareness of good oral health, along with reducing their sugar intake and changing their eating and toothbrushing habits to improve their dental health.

SeaFit Manager Carol Elliott said: “We know how hard it can be to get to the dentist when you’re out at sea and it’s even more difficult at the moment, so we’re bringing free dental advice and information to the harbourside instead. We’ve always been delighted with the response to this dental tour and many of the fishermen we’ve seen in the past hadn’t seen a dentist for years, so knowing how to prevent the need for treatment is even more important now. We will be following local and national Covid-19 guidelines to keep people safe and there’s no need to book – just turn up!”

Starting with Newquay on the 16th September, we will visit five other fishing ports: Newlyn, Mevagissey, Padstow, Plymouth and Brixham throughout September and October.

Smile Together’s Joy Callender, who has led on Smiles at Sea for the last four years, says: “We really wanted to visit the harboursides this year despite the pandemic, to help fishermen and their families with their oral health care at home. Whilst we can’t provide free dental treatment this year from a mobile dental unit, our dental team will be on hand to provide information on how to improve dental health and signpost any dental emergency to the local Urgent Dental Care Hubs that we’ve been running on behalf of NHS England since Easter Saturday. And there will be free oral health goodie bags for every eligible person who comes to see us!”

The team hope to be joined by health partners who can provide information on Mental Wellbeing, Healthy Lifestyles, Safety Training and other health support. There will also be vouchers for free eye tests with Vision Express.

Carol goes on to say: “The fishermen really welcome these local health events and it encourages them to seek help. The Fishermen’s Mission local port staff often report that they are much busier after events like this with people asking for advice and support, so the more we can do, the better”.

The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative between two highly respected national maritime charities, the Fishermen’s Mission and the Seafarers Hospital Society, with funding from Seafarers UK. SeaFit has partnered with Smile Together to provide this free dental advisory service to local fishermen and their families across Cornwall and Devon.


To find out more about the SeaFit Programme call SeaFit Manager, Carol Elliott on 07486 319 621, or email




The SeaFit Programme is a joint initiative from the Seafarers Hospital Society and the Fishermen’s Mission. These two respected organisations are working in partnership to deliver sustainable improvements in the health and wellbeing of fishermen and their families around the UK

The Programme covers all aspects of health and wellbeing.It includes: health checks on the harbourside; health trainers in the community; free dental checks and treatment; access to mental health and wellbeing support; and development of a network of physiotherapists trained to meet the specific needs of fishermen

With funding from Seafarers UK, this is a two-year programme.



  • Smile Together delivers dentistry with social impact, creating healthier happier communities.
  • Covering Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, they are one of the South West’s largest NHS referral and emergency primary dental care providers. Their West Country Dental Care team provide urgent and emergency dental treatments for people who don’t have their own dentist, run out-of-hours surgeries and apply expert skills to treat children and adults with a range of special care needs alongside oral surgery, children’s orthodontics and treatments under general anaesthetic in a hospital setting
  • Under their Brighter Dental brand they provide NHS care and competitively priced private dentistry from practices based in the heart of their communities, and they own a specialist dental laboratory DPS (Dental Prosthetic Solutions)
  • In 2016 they became an Employee-Owned Community Interest Company with clear rules about reinvesting their profits back into front line dental services and their community
  • Their Brighter Smiles campaign brings practical tooth-brushing clubs, oral health educational visits and fluoride varnishing to children in areas of high decay across Cornish communities

To find out more about the Smile Together please visit


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