The 2022 Smile Grant winners received their awards at FDI’s General Assembly that took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 20 September. The grant is supported by Colgate and recognizes FDI member National Dental Associations (NDAs) that are raising awareness and improving oral health through innovative and sustainable community outreach projects in their countries.
FDI President, Prof. Ihsane Ben Yahya presented the awards to the 2022 winners who are: Australian Dental Association for its Watch Your Mouth podcast, and the Korean Dental Association for its Smile Run Festival. Read below to find out more details about the winning projects.
Watch Your Mouth
The Australian Dental Association’s winning project is a podcast entitled Watch Your Mouth, which provides evidence based and up-to-date oral health advice to the Australian public, who can listen to its episodes on-the-go, such as during their daily commute. The target audience of the podcast varies based on the content of each series, with their first series focused on infant and young child oral health, consequently targeting parents and grandparents of children of six years and under. The second series of Watch Your Mouth will focus on cosmetic dental treatments targeting adults aged 20-40 years-old with an interest in fitness, health, and beauty.
To ensure that they reach a wider audience, interviews are conducted by non-dental professionals, who are ideally known amongst the public. The first ever series of this podcast was hosted by the critically acclaimed children’s television host, comedian, and father of three young children, James Rees. Having an interviewer who is not an oral health professional allows the discussions to be simpler and easy to consume by the general public, with the aim to emulate a patient-dentist discussion.
FDI congratulates the Australian Dental Association for this brilliant initiative.