The 2014 Scottish Dental Awards have been held, and several oral health professionals have walked away with prizes celebrating their contributions to the profession of dentistry. However, that is not the only positive outcome of the night, as around £1,500 was also raised for charity.
The money was donated to the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF), which is the partner charity of the Scottish Dental Awards. These funds were not simply raised through voluntary donation, but with a more innovative approach.
Those attending the dental awards show were given the option to answer a quiz question for a donation to the BDHF. Guessing the correct answer would enter them into a prize draw, with the possibility of winning a two night stay at the Best Western Hotel in Edinburgh courtesy of Hotel Connexions.
The quiz question was a tough one: “How many people in Scotland recognise cheese as a dentally healthy snack?” Participants could choose from the three possible answers of 47 per cent, 67 per cent or 87 per cent.
Those with a keen knowledge of dental statistics will be able to guess that the correct answer was 47 per cent. The eventual winner of the prize draw was Alistair Geddes, a dentist from Kirriemuir Dental Practice in Kirriemuir, located to the north of Dundee.
Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the BDHF, said: “Regular donations are a vital part of any charities fundraising efforts, so every contribution is very welcome and warmly received. We continue to do exceptional work in helping to improve the oral health and donations such as this go a long way in ensuring we can continue to fulfil our ambitions.
Scotland has several major issues with oral health. Dr Carter pointed to low levels of oral health education in children, and blamed “poor lifestyle choices in adults” for the rising rates of oral cancer the country is unfortunately suffering from.
“The money truly has gone to a great cause,” Dr Carter added, “so a huge heart-felt thank you to those who contributed to the donation.”