The British Dental Health Foundation wants dental and health professionals to go ‘absolutely dental’ during National Smile Month by helping to plot hundreds of street and place names with fun dental themes.
The Foundation has published the first ever UK Dental Place Map, and it is hoped that everyone involved in dentistry and the health professions will add to the map and join in the fun in time for the start of National Smile Month on 15 May 2011.
Some of the many addresses and locations plotted on the map so far include Floss Street (London), Drill Lane (Canterbury), Brace Avenue (Gwent), Mouth Lane (Wisbech), Canal Street (Leeds), Surgery Lane (Hartlepool), Wisdom Drive (Hertford), Tartar Road (London), Smiley Court (Northern Ireland), Bracebridge Street (Nuneaton), Scales (North West), Tongue (Scotland), Staines (Surrey), Toothill (Swindon) and Root (North West).
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, said: ‘It’s important for the image of dentistry that we can show the public a less serious side to our profession.
‘National Smile Month is an opportunity for everyone in the profession to join in and send serious messages to the public about how to improve oral health.
‘But it is also a chance to help change our image by engaging with the media and showing the public the fun side of the profession.
‘We hope that everyone will scour their local A-Z street maps over the next few weeks and help us to plot a few more locations. We also hope that some dental practices will take photographs of them next to the street or place signs.
‘We’ll upload the photographs onto the National Smile Month website at www.smilemonth.org and we hope that everyone’s efforts will help to create a fantastic story with the media during National Smile Month.’