Award Categories

The Oral Health Awards recognise progress, effort and enterprise in preventive dental care. They allow dental professionals and teams to demonstrate their passion for excellent patient care across a range of categories that amply illustrate the rising standards of dentistry as a whole.

Best Hygienist

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This award is for an individual working for a practice (or several practices). It is designed to recognise an empathetic, innovative and effective approach to clinical care and the promotion of oral health.

  • Demonstrate your passion for preventive care
  • Show innovation in educating your patients
  • Show how you have inspired your colleagues to carry on the message of preventive care
  • Demonstrate how you have carried the oral health message beyond the practice
  • Clinical photography is an essential part of your submission
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible

Who should enter?

Should: Individual hygienists working for a practice (or several practices

Shouldn’t: Therapists/dentists/direct access DCPs

Best Therapist

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This award is for an individual working for a practice (or several practices). It is designed to recognise an empathetic, innovative and effective approach to clinical care and the promotion of oral health.

  • Demonstrate your passion for preventive care
  • Show innovation in educating your patients
  • Show how you inspire your colleagues to carry on the message of preventive care
  • Demonstrate how you have carried the oral health message beyond the practice
  • Clinical photography is an essential part of your submission
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible

Who should enter?

Should: Individual therapists or dual qualified hygienist/therapists working for a practice (or several practices)

Shouldn’t: Hygienists/dentists/direct access DCPs

Best Leader of Prevention

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This award is for a business owner or team leader who personifies a passion for prevention in themselves and demonstrably encourages their team to follow in their footsteps.

  • Demonstrate how you lead by example
  • Demonstrate how you encourage your team to adopt a preventive ethos
  • Show how your business champions oral health to your patients
  • Show how your commitment to oral health forms part of your business plan
  • Demonstrate your investment in training and educating your team  
  • Clinical photography – whether your own or the work carried out by your team – is an essential part of your submission
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible

Who should enter?

Should: Direct access DCPs, practice principals (including dentists), business owners

Shouldnt: Hygienists/Therapists

Best Care of Nervous Patients

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This award is for a practice, team or individual providing innovative, effective, or demonstrably specialised oral healthcare to nervous or phobic patients.

  • Show how you identify and meet the needs of nervous patients
  • Explain any special techniques or approaches you apply
  • Demonstrate your efforts in creating a calming environment for nervous patients
  • Where you have invested in technology, explain how and why you did so, and what difference it makes to your patients
  • Show how you have improved your patients’ quality of life
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible
  • Clinical photography is not essential but may help your submission

Who should enter?

Should: DCPs, dentists (associates or principals), practice teams, salaried/community dental services

Shouldn’t: Anyone not tailoring care to nervous patients

Best Children’s Care

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This award is for a anyone providing innovative, effective, or demonstrably specialised oral healthcare to younger patients. Child-specific events within the practice or initiatives to help local schools or community projects are also appropriate for entry into this category.

  • Show how you tailor your approach for children
  • Show how you make oral health care accessible and interesting for younger patients
  • Show the efforts you go to engage with younger patients in and out of the practice
  • Demonstrate how you educate your child patients as well as their parents/guardians
  • Clinical photography is an essential part of your submission
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible

Who should enter?

Should: DCPs, dentists (associates or principals), practice teams, salaried/community dental services

Shouldn’t: Anyone not treating child patients

Best Care of Vulnerable Patients

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This award is for those making a concerted and proven effort to provide effective care that meets the specialised needs of their most vulnerable patients. Pay attention to how you differentiate your care and approach for the specific demands of this group.

  • Explain the vulnerable patient groups that you serve and what their needs are
  • Demonstrate how you tailor your care to these individuals
  • Provide evidence of the improvement in oral health of these patients
  • Show how you have improved your patients’ quality of life
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible

Who should enter?

Should: DCPs, dentists (associates or principals), practice teams, salaried/community dental services

Shouldn’t: Anyone not treating vulnerable patients

Best Community Initiative

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This award is designed to recognise the work being done to take oral health education outside the practice. Have you carried out outreach work in care homes, taken education to local schools or done something else to help the community while spreading awareness of good oral health? Then this is the category for you.

  • Describe your project and the intent behind it
  • Explain how you put your initiative into action
  • Highlight the impact that your work has had on
  • Consider including photographs, testimonials and other supporting evidence to help your entry stand out

Who should enter?

Should: DCPs, dentists (associates or principals), practice teams, salaried/community dental services

Best Oral Health Team

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Effective patient care is built on a team approach. This award is for practices who take time and effort to support one another in the knowledge that doing so improves the care they offer their patients.

  • Describe a great team spirit and approach to patient care
  • Detail your team’s preventive ethos and how each member of the team lives and breathes those values
  • Show evidence of structured team training, development and incentives
  • Show how your team value one another and work together
  • Provide credible and relevant testimonials if possible

Who should enter?

Should: Practice teams, salaried/community dental service

Shouldn’t: Individuals

Best New Patient Campaign

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This award recognises innovation in attracting and retaining new patients, facilitating the improvement of oral health on a wider basis. You can’t treat patients you never meet!

  • Identify your audience and how you went about reaching them
  • Provide examples of your marketing campaigns
  • Demonstrate a return on investment for any marketing activity
  • Demonstrate the systems you put in place to help make the new patient journey a positive experience
  • Show how you retain these patients once they have joined your practice
  • Consider including photographs, testimonials and other supporting evidence to help your entry stand out

Who should enter?

Should: Practices

Shouldn’t: Individuals, salaried/community dental services

Champion of Prevention 2017

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The winner of this award will be selected from the most outstanding entries received across the board.

The recipient of Oral Health’s Champion of Prevention award will be a true advocate of oral health, demonstrating an unwavering commitment to improving the mouths of their patients and a passion for preventive care that stands as a shining example within the dental profession.

This category is not open for entry but the recipient of this award will be selected from winners of other categories.