Move it for Smiles is an oral health initiative which aims to act as a spearhead for oral health education and awareness in the United Kingdom.
The main aims of the campaign are:
• To increase awareness of mouth cancer.
• To increase awareness of dental hygienists and therapists and their role within the dental team.
• To increase awareness about the importance of good oral health and hygiene, and the links towards general health.
The programme launched in 2014 under the name ‘500 Miles 4 Smiles’. It was the vision of dental hygienist Christina Chatfield, who walked from Kirriemuir in Scotland, to Brighton….
A journey which took her through 32 towns and cities, walking a total of 532 miles. After the highly successful pilot, the newly named campaign, Move it for Smiles, will take place in 2015 between August 19 and September 19.
Move it for Smiles will encourage anybody with a passion for raising awareness of important health issues to organise charity walks, swims, runs or bicycle rides. Building partnerships and working alongside other nearby health teams and voluntary organisations. And forging closer relationships within local communities. That will result in direct education delivered to those who need it most.
And all while raising money for three great charities - the British Dental Health Foundation, Heart Your Smile and Mouth Cancer Action.