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It’s time to vote for the city’s dental heroes

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2022

IT’S time to vote for the healthcare professionals, dental teams, teachers, nursery staff and volunteers who are doing the most to help improve oral health in Leicester.

Since early April, people have been nominating individuals and organizations for a smile price – the city council program that seeks to recognize those who go the extra mile to help keep the teeth of the city healthy.

Now as the country scores National Smile Month (May 16 – June 16)), a shortlist of nominees has been compiled – and people have until May 29 to vote online for their favourites, before the winners are announced at a ceremony on June 16.

The city’s deputy mayor for public health, Cllr Vi Dempster, said: ‘I hope the people of Leicester will join us in recognizing those who work so hard to improve oral health by visiting our website. and voting for those who deserve this special recognition.

from Leicester Smile Rewards will be made in the following categories:

  • Community Champion – Adult Awards: The winner of this award will be someone who works or volunteers in Leicester and has worked hard to improve oral health in the community where they work.

The nominations are:

  • Bharat Mehta – Dental Practice Doncaster Road
  • Pauline Rawle – Leicestershire NHS Trust Partnership
  • Darcy Poolton, Georgina Sidwell, Danielle Burgess – Plans4rehab
  • Dental Practice Award, sponsored by GC UK:The winner of this award will be a dental practice in Leicester that goes the extra mile to improve the oral health of their community.

The nominations are:

  • JDRM dental care
  • Dental Practice Doncaster Road
  • Moti Smile Design Center
  • Early Years Award, sponsored by the local Leicestershire Dental Committee: The winner of this award will be an early childhood setting that is passionate about improving the health of the children in their care and works hard to help children and their parents maintain good oral health.

The nominations are:

  • Kiddisafe Daycare
  • Kiddisafe Woodhill Daycare
  • Kiddycare Angels Kindergarten
  • Stanhope Daycare Ltd.
  • Sunflowers neighborhood nursery
  • Tiny Gem Day Crib
  • Above and beyond the price: The winner of this award will be an individual who has demonstrated particular enthusiasm, passion and dedication to improving oral health in their community or local community.

The nominations are:

  • Caroline Dunkley and the Healthy Together Administration Team – Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Darcy Poolton, Georgina Sidwell, Danielle Burgess – Plans4rehab
  • Jenny Page-Falkner – Hamilton Nursery
  • Pauline Rawle – Leicestershire NHS Trust Partnership

Two others smile prices will be announced at the ceremony on June 16, recognizing a school and an individual or group who have gone the extra mile to promote good oral health among children, youth and families. the Community Champion – Children’s Award is sponsored by DW Design & Print.

People can vote for their local dental heroes online at

from Leicester Smile Rewards are delivered in partnership with Health Education England.

national smile month is a charity campaign that champions the importance of good oral health.

During National Smile Month, the City Council’s public health team will be on the go, distributing oral health kits to encourage people to take care of their teeth and gums, while promoting four key messages:

  • brushing teeth with fluoridated toothpaste for two minutes, last in the evening and again during the day
  • clean between your teeth every day
  • reduce the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume and reduce the frequency of your sugar intake
  • see a dentist regularly

Anyone who is not registered with a dentist can find help and information about NHS website.



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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