The Trust’s Oral Health Promotion team have been announced as one of three finalists for the ‘Best National Smile Month event’ in The Dental Awards 2013. The Dental Awards are the leading and most respected dental awards recognising excellence throughout UK dentistry. The winner will be announced at the Gala Dinner to be held in London on 19 April.

Heather Duignan, Oral Health Promotion Manager, said: “I’m delighted that the team have been recognised for all their hard work.  To receive finalist status at The Dental Awards is a fantastic achievement for which the team should take great pride.”

In May 2012, the Oral Health Promotion team co-ordinated a National Smile Month Roadshow across the county to get Oxfordshire smiling. Free dental checks were offered on board the health bus and staff chatted with members of the public, providing oral health information, leaflets and free resources. The team also provided information on where to get dental help if needed. Local dental practices taking on NHS patients were invited to attend each event, with some practices sending staff to sign up patients there and then.

To really get Oxfordshire smiling, the team ran a joke competition campaign and invited members of the public to share their best jokes. The prize for the best joke was a hamper of oral health goodies including an electric toothbrush and toothpaste.

Good luck to Heather and her team.

The Health Promotion Team put on their best smiles