WOHP and the BSDHT announce winners of the inaugural Oral Hygiene By Design Award during BDIA

The Wrigley Oral Healthcare Programme (WOHP) and British Society of Dental Hygiene & Therapy (BSDHT) are delighted to announce that Michelle Coles, a dental hygienist at the Dental Studios in Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, has won the 2015 Oral Hygiene By Design Award!

WOHP and the BSDHT announce winners of the inaugural Oral Hygiene By Design Award during BDIA. From left to right: Matthew Kent (WOHP Senior Global Manager), Michelle Coles (Gold Award winner), Jack Waddington (Silver Award winner), Jennifer Huntley (Bronze Award winner) and Michaela ONeill (BSDHT President).

Michelle’s winning entry, “Hooked on Oral Hygiene” helps patients ‘hang-on’ to their oral hygiene advice even after they leave the clinic. This winning idea will be launched to clinics nationwide in 2016. Michelle also receives a grant of £750 towards her Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and a year’s supply of Wrigley’s Extra sugarfree gum for her clinic.

The Oral Hygiene By Design Award invited BSDHT members to unleash their creative talents and submit designs for the ‘ideal’ oral hygiene instruction tool. A wide range of innovative designs were reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and Miss Coles’ design was felt to be a simple yet powerful tool that enables the full spectrum of oral hygiene advice to be captured in one easy-to-use resource, but that can also be personalised for individual patients’ needs.

Our congratulations also goes to the Jack Waddington as the Silver Award winner for the “MouthHouse” app, and Bronze Award winner, Jennifer Huntley for the “Diet for Dental Health” app. Jack Waddington and Jennifer Huntley will receive £500 and £250 financial grants towards their CPD respectively, as well as a one year’s supply of Wrigley’s Extra sugarfree gum for their clinics.

We would like to thank everyone who entered the competition, we were delighted with the response received. There were lots of innovative and creative ideas submitted, from videos and competitions to models and leaflets – it was truly a testament to the great work that you do on a daily basis to support your patients with improving their oral health.

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The British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) is a nationally recognised body that represents over 4,000 Dental Hygienists and Dental Therapists across the UK and beyond.

BSDHT maintain an on-going dialogue with the General Dental Council (GDC), the Departments of Health and all of the main groups representing dental care professionals, and attends meetings of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry, bringing dental hygiene and therapy to the attention of government ministers and MP’s.

Visit www.bsdht.org.uk for more information.

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