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Award for schools smiles better slogan

July 02, 2014 2:18 PM

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Children from all over Glasgow and Clyde have something to smile about after taking part in this year’s competition for NHSGGC’s Sparkling Star awards for National Smile Month.

Primary three pupils in schools from all over Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been taking part in the competition which asked youngsters to come up with an oral health slogan with a Commonwealth Games theme.

The pupils had a month from the middle of May until the middle of June to think about the message which would encourage them to look after their teeth.

Youngsters from Braehead Primary in West Dunbartonshire were crowned victorious on Monday 23 June after coming up with the slogan - “Our School’s Smiles are Gold Medal Winners because we go the extra mile to get the perfect smile.”

The class were presented with their Sparkling Star trophy and received a Commonwealth Games ‘Clyde’ Mascot. All participating schools will receive certificates.

Anne Muir, Operational Services Manager for NHSGGC, said: “Well done to everyone who took part in our competition this year and special congratulations to Braehead Primary School. Their slogan really captured this year’s theme.

“It is so important that children learn about looking after their teeth and gums at a young age. By running this competition in schools we make it fun for children while also getting the messages through about good oral health.

“We run this competition each year and it gets a fantastic response from teachers and pupils who all seem to enjoy the creative aspect. With the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow this year, we thought it was the ideal opportunity to tie in with the excitement of the Games.”

National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running oral health campaign. It is organised by the oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation. The campaign aims to raise awareness of important health issues and make a positive difference to the oral health of millions of people throughout the UK. 

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Notes to Editors

Every year during National Smile Month NHSGGC’s Childsmile team invites schools to take part in a competition to win the “Sparkling Star Award”.  The Sparking star award is a glass trophy which remains with the winning school for one year.  Each year the trophy is engraved with the date and current the winning schools name. 

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