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 news on Wednesday 9th October and were the Most Watched video on the BBC website – take a look here! All of this was part of a BBC Coastal Britain focus.
A big thanks to those Smile Together colleagues who very generously engaged with this opportunity, particularly #SmilesAtSea project lead Joy Callender, Brighter Smiles Oral Health lead nurse Jo Trevelyan, West Country Dental Care (WCDC) dentist Sarah Mount and dental nurse Debbie Williams, as well as WCDC dentist Danasagaran ‘Buds’ Athimoolam and dental nurse Tanisha Doig, driver Phil Cleverdon, colleagues in the Oral and Facial Surgery Department at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, the pupils and teachers at Newlyn School and of course the fishermen at Newquay harbour.
Our grateful thanks also to the parents and their children who consented to appear in the programme and share their experiences – they were equally amazing and let’s hope this helps to make even more difference in preventing tooth decay, enhance understanding of the issues we face and further improve access to dentistry.