Toothbrushes and toothpaste to help families in need

Thousands of toothbrushes and toothpaste are being given to children and adults, thanks to Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust and pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

The trust, which provides community services in Kent, London and East Sussex, normally gives out around 800 of its brush for life kits a month, which include a toothbrush, a toothpaste and a leaflet about oral health.

However, at the beginning of the UK lockdown its supplies of toothpaste dried up –  and at the same time demand for the packs went up hugely, with families losing incomes or having to get by, with less.

But thanks to the collaboration, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) has now been able to hand out 5,045 packs since May, working closely with food banks and the Salvation Army on the distribution, so the packs get to those who need a little extra help, now.

KCHFT puts the packs together and buys the toothbrushes. The toothpaste is being donated by GSK.

Surjeet Jhheent, Senior Project Co-ordinator with KCHFT’s Dental Outreach Team in London, said: “Previously, I had worked with GSK on a clinical trial, so I approached my contact there and discovered it was happy to help. This was a great weight off my mind, as we were unable to get the toothpaste from our usual supplier. So far, the company has given us 8,000 tubes of toothpaste, some for adults and some for children and they are continuing to help, which is fantastic. We took delivery of the first round last week. When families are struggling with money, obviously food is a necessity, but so is oral health. Unfortunately, when times are hard this often gets pushed down the list of priorities. With these supplies we can help to make sure this is something people think about.

“As most of our dental services were suspended at the beginning of the lockdown, our Outreach Team has been busy putting the packs together, ready to send out, practising social distancing and with masks, gloves and hand sanitiser to hand. We’re very grateful for this help from GSK.”

Pictured is the outreach team’s head driver Graham Peek making a delivery to Hackney Food Bank.

Entries now open for the Dental Awards 2019!

Following the huge success of this year’s Dental Awards, the dates have now been announced for next year’s event… And entries are now also open for each category…

The Dental Awards, supported by the UK’s leading dental magazine publisher, Purple Media Solutions, consistently recognise the very best in UK dentistry. Winning or becoming a finalist is a tremendous accolade and provides a massive boost to the profile of your practice. After all, who wouldn’t want to be treated by the Dentist or Dental Practice Team of the Year?

The Dental Awards 2019 will take place on Friday 17 May with a sparkling gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, held alongside the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show at the NEC.

This is always a great way to thank your team and celebrate all that is best in a profession that rarely gets the full credit it deserves. Presenting the Dental Awards alongside the British Dental Conference and Dentistry Show provides a brilliant opportunity to combine attending the awards with a visit to the show, the leading CPD-led exhibition in UK dentistry.

Entries now open

Entries are now open for next year’s prestigious event, so if you think that you, your colleagues or your whole team deserves the chance to be honoured at the Dental Awards simply download an entry form and put your case forward – and you could be picking up a trophy on stage at the Awards next May!

It is free to enter the Dental Awards only up until 7 September 2018; after this it will be £45 to enter.

Send your entries by the final deadline on 7 December 2018.

The finalists shortlist will then be announced in January next year.

Being a finalist or a winner can do wonders for you and your practice. So have you had a successful year, or do you have a particularly outstanding colleague or collective team? Perhaps you’ve recently refurbished your practice, you consider your online presence to be better than your competitors, or your National Smile Month campaign has been a tremendous success? Tell our judges! There are many categories at the Dental Awards that are perfect for recognising all the areas and all the roles that are essential in the efficient running of your dental practice. Previous winners have been amazed at the attention they have received from patients, the profession, local press and news programmes.

Start writing your entry now to try and wow the judges with how great you are!

New award category for 2019

The 2019 Dental Awards sees the introduction of a brand new category – Best Outreach or Charity Initiative in the UK. This award recognises the special work that dental professionals and practices do to help others, whether it is one mega event or continuous work in the community.

This category sits alongside other returning categories for 2019:

Best National Smile Month Event

Dental Receptionist of the Year

Dental Therapist of the Year

Dental Hygienist of the Year

Dental Nurse of the Year

Website & Digital Campaign of the Year

Young Dentist of the Year

Dental Practice Team of the Year

Practice Manager of the Year

Practice Design & Interiors

Dental Practice of the Year

Dentist of the Year


For information on how to enter and what the judges are looking for, visit: Or, alternatively, call Linda Aitken on: 01732 371570 or e-mail:

You can send your entry by email – – or by post to –

Linda Aitken, The Old School House, St Stephens Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 2AD.

Important – If you plan to enter more than one award category you must submit separate entries for each category. Do not combine entries for different categories. For example, if you plan to enter the Dentist of the Year and Team of the Year categories, you need to supply a complete entry for both.