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Dental heroes honoured at Smile Awards

Published on Thursday, June 6, 2019

Image: The winners of Smile Awards at the awards ceremony in Leicester

THE INDIVIDUALS and organisations that have done the most to reduce dental decay in five-year-olds in Leicester have been honoured in a city council awards scheme.

At a ceremony in the city last night (Wednesday 5 June), the winners of Leicester’s first Smile Awards included a school, a dental practice and a community champion, who all go the extra mile to look after local children’s teeth.

Members of the public helped the judging panel select the winners by voting online for their favourites, with more than 2,500 votes cast in total.

Assistant city mayor for public health Cllr Vi Dempster said: “Our partners in the health and care sectors are working with us to reduce tooth decay in five-year-olds – and, thanks to their commitment and support, we’ve seen some very encouraging results over the last five years.

“Earlier this year, we introduced our new Smile Awards to recognise these individuals and organisations, who constantly go above and beyond to improve oral health in Leicester.

“I am very grateful to our sponsors for supporting the Smile Awards and I am delighted that our very first Smile Awards have gone to such worthy winners.”

The winners of the 2019 Smile Awards were as follows:

  • Dental Practice Award, sponsored by GC UK:

Moti Smile Design Centre

  • Early Years Award, sponsored by Leicestershire Local Dental Committee:

Little Companions

  • School Award, sponsored by Henry Schein Dental:

Imperial Avenue Infant School

  • Community Champion Award, sponsored by DW Design & Print:

Sufiya Ebrahim

  • Public Health Nurse (or Practitioner) Award, sponsored by the Leicester Tigers

Healthy Child Programme Practitioner Team (Leicestershire Partnership Trust)

The winners were presented with their Smile Awards by sponsors and members of the judging panel, which comprised Stephen Dixon (Associate Dean and Dental CPD Lead, Health Education England), Jason Wong (Chair of Local Dental Network), Jasmine Murphy (Consultant in Dental Public Health, Public Health England), Jo Atkinson (Consultant in Public Health, Leicester City Council) and Laura Carvell (Programme Officer, Leicester City Council).

Leicester’s Smile Awards are delivered in partnership with Health Education England.

More information about the Smile Awards is available at