NASDAL Dental Check by One 2024 Practice of the Year Award presented at Dental Showcase


  Posted by: Dental Design      25th March 2024

Last week saw Interim CDO England, Jason Wong and the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry’s (BSPD) President-Elect, Shannu Bhatia, present the NASDAL (National Association of Specialist Dental Accountants and Lawyers) Dental Check by One Practice of the Year Award at BDIA (British Dental Industry Association) Dental Showcase.

This award is presented by NASDAL to recognise the outstanding commitment of practices to the DCby1 campaign. Launched by the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry (BSPD) in partnership with the Office of the Chief Dental Officer England, the aim of the campaign is to increase the number of children who access dental care aged 0-2 years, by encouraging dental appointments for babies before their first birthday.

The winner of the NASDAL Dental Check by One Practice of the Year 2024 Award and the £1000 prize is Moti Smile Design Centre, Leicester.

Interim CDO Jason Wong said, ““Access for children is at the forefront of the Office of the Chief Dental Officer’s mind. At a time when we are hearing of long NHS dentistry waiting lists, initiatives such as Dental Check By 1 are crucial to building long term relationships between families and the dental practice. Safeguarding the oral health of our patients starts with a prevention focused approach, and I am delighted that this award is being presented to a practice who effectively engage the whole dental team in delivering this important message to patients in their area.

“The Moti Smile Design Centre in Leicester ensures their whole team receive regular training to ensure the best possible advice is delivered throughout the patient journey at their practice, beginning and ending with wider team members. Notably, Moti Smile Design Centre have launched initiatives as part of wider schemes in Leicester and created their own. To address the lack of water fluoridation in their area, the practice sees every child up to the age of 18 every 6 months and ensures they all receive fluoride application from the age of 3. They have also gone the extra mile by recording great video testimonials from patients, young and old.

“Huge congratulations go to our winner, Moti Smile Design Centre in Leicester. We were impressed with their dedication to a team approach to Dental Check by One. They have a direct but consultative approach – they talk to all their patients. And not just the dentists or the Oral Health Educators – all of them – nurses and receptionists too. They are a family practice and this means they can convey the prevention message across a whole family rather than just to individuals. It can lead to an element of ‘peer pressure’ as children and other family members can encourage parents to adopt advice. The practice aims to deliver behavioural change. They are a worthy winner of the NASDAL Dental Check by One Practice of the Year 2024 award.”

Dr Hanif Moti, Principal of Moti Smile Design Centre said, “Our team are absolutely over the moon to win this award. I am pleased as it recognises the massive contribution of our fantastic team here at Moti Smile Design Centre. Without them, we couldn’t improve the oral health of local children in the way we have been. We look forward to building upon this success and investing more of our time and funds to get the Dental Check by One message out to as many people as possible.”

Shannu Bhatia, President-Elect of BSPD, commented, “The DCby1 initiative is now in its 8th year, having run since 2017.  The awarding of the NASDAL DCby1 prize is an important moment as we  review and recognise the efforts of dental practices up and down the country who are using creative approaches to successfully implement the DCby1 campaign. In a time of pressure on dental services, initiatives like this one become more important than ever and so it is with gratitude that we award Moti Smile Design Centre as the winner.  Their family-focus approach brings-to-life the spirit that currently children’s oral health is everyone’s business and working on a preventative approach is critical. Congratulations to Moti Smile Design Centre!”

Photo caption: Dr Hanif Moti, Principal of Moti Smile Design Centre; Mahnaz Saboormaleki, Practice Manager at Moti Smile Design Centre; Jason Wong, Interim CDO; Shannu Bhatia, President-Elect of BSPD and Heidi Marshall, Chair of NASDAL

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