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Christmas is always a good time to reflect and we’re so proud of what we’ve achieved together as a team and in partnership throughout 2019. This year we reached even further into our communities with Smiles At Sea and Brighter Smiles, and were so excited that the work we do was featured on national television [...]

These national awards, organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), are the biggest celebration of social enterprise in the sector. Shining a spotlight on the leading lights of the social enterprise community, they recognise the outstanding achievements of businesses across the UK which trade for a social purpose, that give back, enrich communities and make a [...]

Mouth Cancer Action Month ran throughout November, organised by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness about mouth cancer. We joined health professionals from dentistry and other specialisms in highlighting the risk factors for mouth cancer, as well as the importance of performing self-checks to maintain good oral health and visiting your dentist as soon [...]

Respected maritime health and welfare charity, the Seafarers Hospital Society (SHS), was with us in Newlyn School on Wednesday 13th November 2019 to launch its latest initiative for fishing families. For the next 5 years SHS is generously funding our Brighter Smiles oral health programme for children aged 5 - 9 in Newlyn School, right [...]

We’ve proudly published our latest Impact Special Edition showcasing our #SmilesAtSea 2019 success in reaching out to the local fishing community across Cornwall and Devon harboursides. This comes hot on the heels of winning The Dental Awards 2019 for ‘Best Outreach or Charity Initiative’! We’re equally proud that something we began here in Cornwall has [...]

Children at Mawgan-in-Pydar Primary School will be smiling brightly thanks to the generosity of Steve Coombe, owner of interior design company 3iDog. Steve is funding Brighter Smiles – Cornwall's Oral Health Campaign – in this local school which will see over 120 children receive oral health care and education from October 2019. This commitment sees [...]

Tooth decay remains the number one reason why children aged between five and nine are admitted to hospital. All of us in Smile Together remain passionate about oral health education and improving long term outcomes for Cornish children, which is why we invest so much of our own time and resource into Brighter Smiles, Cornwall’s [...]

Smile Together on the BBC

Smile Together featured in a powerful BBC Inside Out South West programme on Monday 7th October 2019 about access to NHS dentistry in Cornwall and what we’re doing as a dental social enterprise to reach those in our communities who need us most and improve oral health education. We then appeared on BBC national television [...]

We are delighted to welcome Laura Smith to our Brighter Dental practice in Newquay which operates from Newquay Hospital on St Thomas’ Road, right in the heart of the community. Originally from Stafford, Laura studied dental therapy and hygiene at Birmingham University Dental Hospital, graduating in July 2017. She moved to Newquay with her twin [...]

Hampshire-based Brush-Baby Ltd has generously donated almost 600 of their fun and easy to use toothbrushes to Brighter Smiles, Cornwall’s oral health campaign. With deep clean bristles, these ‘FlossBrushes’ are specially designed for young children, especially those who don’t floss, so are perfect for Brighter Smiles which seeks to improve the oral health outcomes of [...]

Over 250 children at Roche Community Primary School and the neighbouring Roche Pebbles Childcare Centre will be improving their oral health thanks to Brady Construction Services' support for Brighter Smiles, Cornwall’s oral health campaign. This support sees the company join a growing number of organisations committed to reversing the continuing trend of avoidable tooth extractions [...]

Smile Together is once again delighted to be part of #EODay run by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA). Especially as this year it’s EOA’s 40th anniversary and their special anniversary appeal is to give a healthy smile: This appeal is being run in partnership with our good friends Community Dental Services in the East [...]

We are so very proud that Jo Trevelyan, our Brighter Smiles lead oral health nurse, was recognised as one of just four winners of the 2019 national 'Nominate a Smile' for her incredible dedication to spreading healthy and happy smiles wherever she goes. The competition, run as part of National Smile Month, is an opportunity for [...]

With team members located right across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly it’s not often we can all get together but this is just what we did in June, to coincide with the launch of our 2018/19 social impact report! Gathering together at Waterside Cornwall we heard from our non-executive directors John Burchill, Paul Critchley, [...]

National Smile Month, which ran from 13th May to 13th June, is an annual high-profile campaign to raise awareness of the importance of good oral hygiene. The three key messages are central to the work that we do in delivering our dentistry with social impact across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to create healthier [...]

We are proud to officially publish our 2018/19 Social Impact Report – a celebration of our achievements and social impact in a year which has seen us reinvesting our profits into frontline patient services as well as our community like never before. It really is dentistry with social impact, creating healthier happier communities. This is [...]

Dentist Jonathan Munns, who has previously practised in Newquay, has returned to the town. He joins the Brighter Dental team which operates from Newquay Hospital on St Thomas’ Road, right in the heart of the community. Jon qualified from Guy’s Hospital, London in December 1982 and his special interests include endodontics, oral surgery, tooth wear [...]

We’re excited to announce that our Smiles at Sea project was announced as the WINNER of the national 2019 Dental Awards for ‘Best Outreach or Charity Initiative’.   Dental nurse Katie Rowe, who operationally led our Smiles at Sea project, and Head of HR Tina Allen attended the glittering awards ceremony on Friday 17th May [...]

The Community Open Day at our new Harleigh Road Dental Centre on Saturday 18th May, which opens to patients towards the end of the month, was a great success. Our team enjoyed meeting so many people, including many local residents, and especially hearing such fond memories of this lovely building particularly from its days as [...]

Transforming this wonderful and much-loved former grammar school in Bodmin into a brand-new, purpose-designed and fully accessible dental centre was always an ambitious vision but thanks to the skill, hard work and commitment of our team and a range of local contractors, we’re there! It was all smiles on Thursday 16th May as we celebrated [...]

Impact Report – Spring 2019

We are really pleased to publish our latest edition of our Impact Report. In this edition we showcase how we’re positively blossoming together, reaching out to our community, often in partnership and always with amazing outcomes. Our prevention activities have seen us providing oral health education to more local children and engaging with more local organisations in [...]

Children at Mount Hawke Academy will be smiling brightly thanks to the generosity of local campaigner Chris Hines MBE, co-founder of Surfers Against Sewage and now A Grain of Sand. Chris is funding Brighter Smiles - Cornwall's Oral Health Campaign – in his local school which will see over 270 children receive oral health care [...]

Earlier this year dentist Claire Newland and dental nurses Debbie Williams, Sharon Smith, Julie Sillence and Katie Rowe from our West Country Dental Care team voluntarily undertook and successfully completed Truro & Penwith College’s ‘Makaton for Professionals Foundation Workshop’. Their motivation for learning Makaton was to improve the patient experience for autistic and hearing-impaired children who attend our [...]

In line with our vision of creating healthier happier communities, we recently asked our teams to contribute to The Body Shop’s campaign donating sanitary products to local schools to support girls who can’t afford them. This was led by our Health and Wellbeing Committee who were moved to get involved after hearing that: 1 in 10 [...]

Saying Ahh for World Oral Health Day

On 20th March 2019, Smile Together joined other dental professionals worldwide in marking World Oral Health Day, an annual campaign emphasising the importance of good oral health. Our teams incorporated the national campaign theme “Say Ahh: Act on Mouth Health” to highlight how good oral care contributes to overall health and wellbeing and encourage individuals to make [...]

We’re excited to announce that our Smiles at Sea project has been shortlisted in this year’s Dental Awards for ‘Best Outreach or Charity Initiative’.   Smiles at Sea saw us take a mobile dental unit to fishing communities across Cornwall and Brixham who rarely get to see a dentist due to the demands of their [...]

Smile Together Dental CIC has recently expanded its inhouse HR team with the appointment of Carly Rundle.   Having graduated from University of Wales, Cardiff with a first-class Honours Degree in Business Management, Carly went on to achieve a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management with Distinction from Plymouth University and is an Associate Member [...]

We joined forces with Sugar Smart UK and the team at Cornwall Council Public Health to help promote Fizz Free February to help make it a national initiative. Fizzy drinks are the largest single source of sugar for children aged 11-18, and they provide an average of 29% of daily sugar intake. This has significant [...]

West Country Dental Care nurse Katie Rowe is thrilled to be selected as a winner in these prestigious annual awards which celebrate Cornwall’s brightest young business talent and those entrepreneurs doing great things in the Duchy. Organised by Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by Cornwall College Business and run in partnership with networking group The [...]

Success for Saltash Dentist

Dentist Oksana Molodyka, who practices with Brighter Dental in Saltash, recently completed a challenging Post Graduate Diploma in Endodontics with Eastman Institute, London. She is now one of the few clinicians in Devon and Cornwall to hold this qualification, recognising her advanced skills in this area. An endodontist is a dentist who specialises in saving [...]

  Brand new purpose-built dental centre in Cornwall, providing dentistry services with social impact, set to open after £1m investment   A dental centre for Cornwall, specifically designed and adapted for patients with special needs including mental health conditions and Autism, is set to open in Spring 2019 after a one million pound investment from [...]

  Over 500 more Cornish pupils in the west of the county will be improving their oral health in the new year thanks to the generous support of ITEC Group UK for Brighter Smiles, Cornwall’s oral health campaign.   The funding from ITEC will enable the expert Brighter Smiles team from Smile Together to work […]

We’re very proud to have been featured in the November issue of BDJ Team Magazine, in which our Managing Director Paul Critchley talks about how the Smile Together team goes above and beyond to deliver our mission for dentistry with social impact, and features some of our amazing initiatives that make such a genuine difference [...]

When you provide a much valued dental service right across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly it’s not easy getting your colleagues together but we did just this in November. Our Smile (Get) Together took place at Heartlands in Pool, Camborne where everyone engaged so brilliantly in the event, recognising just what an exciting and [...]

Social Impact 2018

We are really proud to officially publish our 2018 Social Impact Report – a year in which we’ve reinvested more surplus funds and gone even further towards creating healthier, happier communities.

Smile Together, a dental social enterprise based in Cornwall, was highly commended in the Health & Social Care Enterprise category at the UK Social Enterprise Awards, held last night at the Guildhall in the City of London. The national awards organised by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) shines a spotlight on the leading lights of the […]

Smile Together shortlisted for a prestigious UK Social Enterprise Award The Cornish dental community interest company, Smile Together, are celebrating the fact that they’ve been shortlisted for a prestigious 2018 UK Social Enterprise Award (UKSE)  in the new ‘Health and Social Care’ category. The winner will be announced at a high-profile ceremony at the Guildhall in London on Wednesday 28th November. In terms of social impact, 2018 [...]

Impact Report- October 2018

We are really pleased to publish our latest edition of Impact. In this edition we showcase how we have continued to reach out to our community, often in partnership and always with amazing outcomes.   Our prevention activities have seen us providing oral health education to more local children and engage with more local organisations to [...]

More children in Nanstallon all set for Brighter Smiles Pupils in reception and year one classes at Nanstallon Community Primary School will be improving their oral health thanks to the support of Matt Robinson of Robinson Contractor Ltd. Building on existing delivery of Brighter Smiles – Cornwall’s oral health campaign – in the neighbouring Nanstallon Pre-School, which [...]

  We’re excited to announce that Smile Together has been shortlisted in this year’s UK Social Enterprise Awards in the category ‘Health & Social Care Social Enterprise’. Organisations in this category have been shortlisted for their “excellent vision and strategic direction, clear leadership and clear evidenced social, environmental and community impact.”   Smile Together was [...]

Sepsis awareness

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition previously known as blood-poisoning and septicaemia.   Sepsis should never be underestimated.   It is a potentially life-threatening condition previously known as blood poisoning or septicaemia. As dental professionals we have a part to play in reducing the many avoidable deaths due to sepsis and so here at Smile Together,  we’re supporting [...]

  We are very happy to announce that we've published our latest Impact Special Edition showcasing our recent #SmilesAtSea success in reaching out to the local fishing community.    By diving deeper into prevention and care, the fishing community across Cornwall and Devon was left smiling and a great deal healthier thanks to the spirit of [...]

The team at award-winning Smile Together Dental CIC are delighted to be part of the UK Employee Ownership Day (EO Day), run by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA), on Friday 29 June 2018.   Multi award-winning Smile Together has around 100 employees and provides community and general dentistry from 14 sites across Cornwall and the [...]

Almost 390 pupils at Trenance Learning Academy will be improving their oral health thanks to Ocean Housings support for Brighter Smiles – Cornwall’s oral health campaign.

More Smiles to be seen at Sea

The fishing community in Cornwall and Devon will soon be smiling thanks to an initiative enabling local fishermen and their families access to free dental check-ups and oral health tips at the harbourside. The Seafarers Hospital Society and Fishermen’s Mission have hooked up with award-winning dental social enterprise Smile Together to offer free dental checks […]

Brighter Dental has taken a big step towards improving the long-term dental health of children in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Cornwall-based dental social enterprise Smile Together will be crossing its fingers next week in the hope of picking up a major industry award. The employee-owned company is on the shortlist for ‘Dental Practice of the Year - South’ at the prestigious Dental Awards 2018.   Smile Together operates out of 14 centres and employs over 100 people across [...]

Children at Nanpean Community Primary School and Nanpean Nippers Nursery will be smiling with even greater confidence thanks to St Dennis & Nanpean Community Trust’s decision to invest in a local oral health programme.

  Everyone should have a thorough dental check-up every six months, and children especially should be regularly seen and treated. That’s why, at Brighter Dental, we provide FREE* check-ups twice a year for children up to and including age 17. We will also apply fluoride varnishing to strengthen their teeth, fissure sealants to protect their teeth, and oral health/dietary [...]

Over 420 pupils at Carclaze Community Primary School are improving their oral health after Imerys Minerals and Eco-Bos made a donation to Brighter Smiles – Cornwall’s oral health campaign.

  A new dental practice has opened in Saltash as part of an expansion which will see an award-winning community interest company provide dentistry for thousands of local people.   Smile Together is opening new centres and expanding the existing facilities of its Brighter Dental practices throughout 2018 and ploughing profits back into local communities. [...]

Time to Smile

Competition time

  We have officially opened our brand new Brighter Dental surgery in The Lescudjack Centre, Penzance, working with DecaDent Ltd to create a light yet bright surgery that is proving popular with our clinicians and patients alike.   Our Brighter Dental team provides quality dental care from practices in Penzance, Saltash, Bodmin and the Isles [...]

New dentist on the Isles of Scilly

  The Isles of Scilly has a new dentist and she is on a mission to improve oral health education and dental care for the Islands.   Gillian Palmer has joined local provider Smile Together, arriving with over 30 years dental and educational experience in some remote areas of the UK.  As well as being [...]

  National GHP Magazine has announced the winners of the Dental & Oral Health Awards 2017 and DPS (Dental Prosthetic Solutions), based at Truro’s Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre, have won ‘Specialist Dental Laboratory of the Year - South England’ and an ‘Award for Excellence in Dental Prosthetics’.   These Awards were created to recognise and [...]

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  As terrifying teeth go – they don’t come much scarier than those of LeatherClaw in this year’s Christmas Show at Hall for Cornwall. The giant dragon has been wowing audiences throughout the festive period and is supported by Smile Together to help get those teeth in check. Community interest company Smile Together is Cornwall’s [...]

  Thanks to everyone who came along to our AGM & Showcase event on Thursday 7th December at The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay and participated so positively – and what a day it was demonstrating just what an incredible year we’ve had working together and in partnership with other amazing organisations and individuals across Cornwall and [...]

Highly commended at EO Awards!

Smile Together Dental CIC is delighted to be announced as being highly commended in the Employee Owned Positive Impact of the Year Award category in the prestigious UK Employee Ownership Awards. The awards, run by the Employee Ownership Association (EOA) and sponsored by Baxendale, were held at the EOA Gala Dinner on the 27 November [...]

  We had a great event on 16 Oct at Indian Queen’s School where we saw first-hand how positively the children respond to our dental nurses Heidi Wyatt and Jenna Dixon and the tooth brushing and oral health education work they do, with their trusty dragons! FUEL, who are officially partnering with us for the [...]

– for a ‘Best Community Contribution’ award

shortlisting for Smile Together and brand agency Fuel

Impact Report – Oct 17

Have a read of our latest Impact Report. We have some exciting news to share with you

Smile Together’s oral health campaign Brighter Smiles supported Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme’s (CAAP) budding masterchef contestants in producing some excellent food at Cafe CHAOS in Truro.

Calling all Dental Nurses…

Are you a dental nurse who wants to have an impact on oral health and dental hygiene amongst children in Cornwall?  

All Smiles as Top Marketer Joins

We are delighted to appoint our new Head of Marketing & Communications, Tracy Wilson.

Cornwall-based dental social enterprise Smile Together has acquired an established dental prosthetic business to expand its range of patient services and ability to plough profits back into its local community.

  We are very proud to present the impact of our Smile Together Mobile Dental Unit Tour through Cornwall in our Impact Special Edition - Reaching out to our communities In this edition you’ll find an overview of this edition’s topics: Reaching out : to our communities Last month we did something we’ve wanted to [...]

What a year it has been!

We are very proud to announce that we have won ‘Employer of the Year’ at the Cornwall Business Awards 2017.

Our New Impact Newsletter

We are happy to announce that we’ve published the first edition of our quarterly newsletter, Impact!

A dental nurse from Truro has won the prestigious ‘‘Dental Nurse of the Year’ at a glittering awards ceremony at the NEC Hilton Metropole in Birmingham.

Helping refugees to smile again

Smile Together to assist refugees who may have fled war, disaster, poverty or persecution and who are suffering from dental pain or problems.

Cornish-based dental experts Smile Together are signalling their intention to reverse the continuing trend of avoidable tooth extractions from children – a serious public health issue which currently costs the NHS in England in excess of £130m annually.

Smile Together, the new name in dental care in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has raised over £1,000 for the children’s cancer charity CLIC Sargent by holding enough bake sales to keep Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood busy for another full series (BBC or Channel 4). CLIC Sargent is probably the UK’s highest profile […]

Future plans

At Smile Together we have a strong commitment to our ethos of “Healthier, happier, communities ” and always seek to bring together our commitment to NHS values and care with the innovation and agility of a modern social enterprise.  As such we have a number of clear aims for the future We will be a […]

Quotes that’ll make you smile!

Our Brighter Smiles programme places us in classrooms with little people who make us smile.

Feedback from our patients

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