The Trust's Oral Health Promotion Team is celebrating its announcement as a finalist in the Best Community Initiative category of the national Oral Health Awards 2018.
The nomination recognises their work on the innovative Teeth Tools for Schools programme, which they’ve developed to support teaching staff who work with children from 3-11 years.
The team, also known as the Tooth Fairies of Nottingham, is delivering Teeth Tools for Schools to more than 350 primary schools across Nottingham City, Nottinghamshire and Bassetlaw. The programme provides teachers with age appropriate information based around key stages that helps them support children to develop good oral health by making it fun and interactive.
Julia Wilkinson, Senior Health Promotion Specialist with the Oral Health Promotion Team said: “These early years are a really special time to introduce children to the importance of oral health and how to maintain a happy smile.
“We’ve been delighted with the success of our Teeth Tools for Schools programme, which offers advice to help instil good, lifelong oral health habits, as well as guidance on activities that schools can run to support good oral health.
“We hope schools enjoy working with the programme and we’re encouraging them to also supplement the guidance with ‘real’ dental experiences such as taking them on a visit to a dental practice.
“The Best Community Initiative category includes some of the large nationally recognised companies - so for us little Tooth Fairies to be in there is amazing and a huge honour.”
The Oral Health Awards, organised by dental communications company FMC, formally recognises excellence in oral health promotion and care offered by dental teams and individuals throughout the UK and Ireland. The awards will be presented on 15 November.