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Welcome to Community Dental Services
We are different from most High Street dentists as we are mostly a ‘referral’ dental service providing specialist care and expertise to patients most in need. We care for some of the most vulnerable in society and our highly experienced team pride themselves on being able to deal with almost any dental emergency or condition which comes through our doors.
Community Dental Services is an employee owned social enterprise and Community Interest Company formed in 2011 delivering clinical dental and Oral Health Promotion services throughout Bedfordshire, Luton, Suffolk, Thetford, Oxfordshire and Leicestershire.
We combine a public service ethos with the innovation and dynamism of a business and emerged with a vision and a belief that being a competitive, well-run and profitable business is the best way of achieving social aims. As a social enterprise we are a business that trades for a social purpose.
We have a clear sense of our social mission which is ‘Improving Oral Health in Ever More Communities’ and we know what difference we are trying to make, who we aim to help, and how we plan to do it.
We make our income through delivering dental care and oral health promotion. Our services are predominantly commissioned by Public Health England and Local Authorities to deliver NHS dental care and oral health promotion advice to a wide range of people across a diverse range of communities. We also offer some privately paid for dental treatments and have a growing ‘Dentist at Home’ mobile service where we offer paid for dental care and home visits to people who find it difficult to travel or to visit a High Street dentist.
We are a trusted health provider and business partner and are a profit making organisation but as a social enterprise we have clear rules about what we do with our profits and ensure we reinvest these to further our ‘social mission’.
Employing 140 people in 20 clinics across Bedfordshire, Suffolk and Thetford in Norfolk, the core business is to provide NHS dental services to vulnerable groups who require special treatment or who find difficulty in accessing High Street dentists.