We are very proud of our Oral Health Promotion Team who have been shortlisted in the National Dental Awards 2022.
The Team have been shortlisted for their National Smile Month Campaign which involved a range of activities to share important oral health messages.
The Team strive to improve the oral health and smiles of the residents in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, by working with children and young people, their families, and local professionals.
Becky Sutton, Executive Director of Community Health Services said:
“Congratulations to our Oral Health Promotion Team. They work extremely hard to improve the oral health of local people and really deserve this recognition. 2021 was a very challenging year for all - they made sure they worked even more innovatively to overcome barriers, and to raise awareness of this fantastic campaign. We wish them luck for the next stage.”
One of the activities they ran was ‘Brushing Buddies’, a supervised toothbrushing programme at targeted sites identified in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. The Oral Health Promotion team provide the skills, knowledge, and resources to deliver their own unique site-based supervised tooth brushing programme.
Another activity was ‘Teeth Tools for Schools’ which is an educational resource for 3 to 11-year-olds. To build on this and to support the engagement process during the pandemic, the team created an electronic newsletter – ‘The Crunch’ for sites working with children and young people (nurseries, schools, etc). This resource has activities and key messages for the month including competitions and links to other resources.
This is just two of many activities they organised throughout the campaign.
Julia Wilkinson, Senior Health Promotion Specialist said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to be a finalist in The Dental Awards. It has been such a challenging time for everyone, we are proud that our innovative work has been recognised at such a high level.”
Winners will be announced on 01 July 2022. For more information about our Oral Health Promotion Team please visit www.nottinghamoralhealth.com.