The May/June issue of Oral Health is out now and packed full of the latest news and information for the profession.

We have been inundated with entries to the People of Prevention Awards since launching the initiative in the last issue, and it’s clear to see how much passion for oral health there is in the profession.

The response we’ve had is all the proof we need of the desire to celebrate that work in a more formal setting, so we are super excited to announce the launch of the first ever Oral Health Awards!

You might think we’re crazy for launching not one but two awards, but we are confident that it’s what the profession is calling for.

And, more to the point, what is Oral Health all about if not leading the way and trying something new? From the off, the title has aimed to be the bold, dynamic face of the dental hygiene and therapy profession – and we think that living up to that mission is worth a few risks.

Award aims

Each award scheme has quite a distinct aim…

Our People of Prevention Awards are all about finding those that have gone above and beyond the line of duty when it comes to prevention. They’re a less bombastic affair, looking specifically at the work that individuals are carrying out up and down the country and giving something back to the tireless, unsung heroes of oral health.

The closing date for the People of Prevention Awards is 30 June, so visit this page now to find more details on how to get involved.

The Oral Health Awards meanwhile are the all-singing, all-dancing evolution of the concept. There, you will find a whole host of categories to enter – from Best Children’s Care and Best New Patient Campaign to Best Oral Health Team and Leader of Prevention – and we’re very confident that you’ll find something that tickles your fancy!

These awards are still about oral health and prevention, but they go one step further by recognising the team game that is modern healthcare.

Whether you apply as a practice owner or an individual, they are geared to reward the achievements of truly passionate practice – and to help you shout about those achievements to your patients.

Indeed, the Oral Health Awards will be a larger, grander affair, with a dedicated ceremony taking place on 17 November at the Royal Garden Hotel in London’s swanky Kensington. Full details can be found on the dedicated website for the Oral Health Awards, which can be found at www.oralhealthawards.co.uk.

We hope you’ll join us on this new and exciting adventure – it’s testament to the passion you’ve shown us, now let us praise you!

Also in this issue:

  • Autism in practice
  • Maintaining oral health in older patients
  • Sarah Murray on being honoured with an MBE
  • Direct access in Wales
  • Treating unexpected complications of cancer treatment
  • Exam-related stress and oral health
  • Driving behaviour change
  • The latest oral health news and views
  • And lots, lots more.

If you’ve not yet received the latest issue, and would like to get your hands on it, call 01923 851771 or visit the website.