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The Smile Awards 2010

Wednesday 24th November 2010

 

 

The Smile Award takes place this Wednesday 24th November, from 10 – midday, at Borough Hall. The ceremony is set up to acknowledge those who help to improve the oral health of people with special needs.

 

A healthy mouth is an important factor in general health and well-being. It can promote better communication, nutrition and improved self-esteem, enabling everyone to reach their potential in society.

 

The award is not a ‘one off’ but rather recognises the year on year achievement of promoting optimum oral health. The award runs from January to November each year.

 

Cllr Nicky Attenborough, portfolio holder for Adults Services at Bedford Borough Council, said: “Poor oral health can reduce a person’s ability to consume nutritious food, affect self-image and cause significant pain which a person with an impairment or a disability may not be able to communicate. It’s crucial that these vulnerable people receive the oral care they need in order to live a healthy and comfortable life. I congratulate all those involved in dedicating their skills and expertise towards ensuring the appropriate care is given to this group. It’s a small and heart warming event that is exceptionally important to recognise.”

 

Sue Jordan, Oral Health Promotion Manager, at Bedfordshire Community Health Service said: “I am so delighted that people are coming together to raise standards in oral health. Without a whole team approach it would be difficult to implement change across Bedfordshire; the participating teams are setting a positive example of how we can all make a difference, even during challenging times, to reduce oral health inequalities and improve quality of life.”

 

The awards start again in January 2011, for those who are interested in participating in the award, please contact Dee Hunnie, at Bedfordshire Community Health Services, on 01525 631160.

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