A DAREDEVIL dentist braved shark-infested waters armed only with a toothbrush to raise money for charity at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks.
Richard Howarth, from Stafford, was surrounded by thousands of razor-sharp teeth as he took the plunge to raise funds for a charity which provides free dental care to those most in need.
Richard is a founder member of the Dental Mavericks charity, which travels to remote parts of Morocco to treat children in dental pain.
Last year he ran a half-marathon to raise money to buy field dental chairs to be used in the remote village of El Jebah in North East Morocco.
This year the money raised from the shark dive will help to buy a solar-powered chair so more conventional dental care can be provided rather than just extractions and rudimentary fillings.
The charity is also aiming to buy and equip a dental ambulance so it can reach the even more rural communities. It has full charitable status and has long-term plans to go to Senegal to treat the street children there.
Richard said: “The idea for this crazy dive came from a patient of mine. I think they thought it funny that I spend my life helping patients who are anxious and fearful of me as the dentist but in the tank then the tables would be turned with the ‘dentist’ being surrounded by rows and rows of razor-sharp teeth!”