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Dental heroes will be recognized at the city’s Smile Awards

Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2022

HEALTH professionals, dental teams, teachers, nursery staff, children’s center workers and volunteers who help improve oral health in Leicester should be recognized through an awards program hosted by Leicester City Council.

The council wishes to recognize individuals and organizations that are helping to reduce tooth decay in the city by asking people to name those who have contributed the most to improving the health of teeth in the city.

Nominees could be recognized as a local oral health hero and honored in the city’s Smile Awards.

Director of Public Health Ivan Browne said, “Reducing tooth decay is a key priority for the city, but we could not have made the progress we have made without the support and commitment of our partners in the health and care sectors.

“Our Smile Rewards recognize these individuals and organizations, so I am very grateful to our sponsors for supporting these awards and recognizing the importance of good oral health.

from Leicester Smile Rewards will be delivered in partnership with Health Education England, with sponsors including the Leicestershire Local Dental Committee and GC UK.

The city’s deputy mayor for public health, Cllr Vi Dempster, said: “I am delighted that the Smile Awards are happening again this year to celebrate all the people of Leicester who are keeping people’s teeth healthy.

“The awards are a chance to celebrate the successes we have had and to inspire our continued commitment to promoting and improving oral health.”

from Leicester Smile Rewards will be divided into six categories:

  • Dental Practice Awards – The winner of this award will be a dental practice in Leicester that goes above and beyond to improve the oral health of its community as well as its patient population, working as a team.
  • Early Childhood Award – The winner of this award will be an early childhood setting (e.g. daycare, children’s centre) that is passionate about improving the health of children in its setting and works hard to help children and their parents to maintain good oral health.
  • School price – The winner of this award will be a school in Leicester that has prioritized improving oral health in their school and made special efforts to achieve this.
  • Community Champion Award – Children – The winner of this award will be an individual or group who work or volunteer in Leicester and have worked hard to improve the oral health of children in the community in which they work.
  • Community Champion Award – Adults – The winner of this award will be an individual or group who work or volunteer in Leicester and have worked hard to improve the oral health of adults in the community in which they work.
  • Above and beyond – The winner of this award will be an individual who has demonstrated particular enthusiasm, passion and dedication to improving oral health in their setting or community.

Applications are now open and can be made online at www.leicester.gov.uk/smileawards. The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 29 at 7 p.m.

A shortlist of nominees will be put to a public vote in May, before the winners are announced at a special meeting Smile Rewards ceremony on June 16.

From Leicester Healthy teeth Happy smiles was introduced in 2014, supervised toothbrushing has become standard practice in many nurseries and primary schools in Leicester.

The program reminds parents that good oral health starts with the appearance of their baby’s first tooth. Teeth should be brushed with fluoridated toothpaste at least twice a day – and all babies should see a dentist before their first birthday.

In 2012, just 47% of five-year-olds in Leicester were free of tooth decay. Today, that figure has risen to more than 60%.

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