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Smiles all round at event promoting dental hygiene

Smile awards 2015

A special ceremony celebrated the oral health achievements of over 60 adults at an event organised by George Eliot Hospital’s Warwickshire Special Care Dental Service for the second year in a row.

Adults received their awards from the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust Public Health Manager, Jane Wright and organiser Oral Health Promotion Nurse Specialist Karen Green for their hard work and dedication to improve their oral health. There were happy smiles from everyone that took part in the award project.

The Smile Award is a programme that aims to improve the oral health of adults with additional needs. Adults who worked hard to gain the award received specialist oral health advice including which snacks and drinks are tooth friendly. Participants then worked towards individual targets, provided evidence of their activities and got involved in fun activities.

Adults who attended care homes from across Warwickshire including day services, respite care homes and supported living schemes took part in the project. The aim of this popular and beneficial project is to ensure that the highest possible level of oral hygiene is developed for individuals taking part in this initiative.

The event included a special drama performance from Bedworth support group “People in Action” and their drama group “Stage Presence”. The fun drama performance promoted the importance of dental hygiene through words, music and dance.

Oral Health Promotion Nurse Specialist, Karen Green said: "The Smile Award gives organisations that look after adults with learning disabilities the support and recognition for the high standards in oral health they strive for.

“The organisations that make up residential, supported living and day services have worked hard to achieve the award and very much deserve it.

“This was a fantastic achievement for everyone involved and it is fantastic to see so many happy smiles everywhere.”

For more information about the award  contact Warwickshire Special Care Dental Service, Whitnash Lodge, Leamington Hospital, Heathcote Lane, Heathcote, Warwick CV34 6SR.  

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