“Remarkable” surgeon, Dr Dery Tuopar, chosen as last Nominate a Smile Winner
In the final hours of National Smile Month, Ghanaian born Dr Dery Tuopar has been announced as the ultimate winner of Nominate A Smile – a nationwide search to find special individuals who deserve recognition for their impact in the community.
Oral surgeon Dery (54) from Northamptonshire was selected by campaign organisers, the Oral Health Foundation due to his decades of commitment and dedication towards promoting good oral health across the UK and around the world.
Dery, who works at Trinity Dental in Rothwell, was nominated for the award by Clinic Manager Rebecca Shaw, who describes him as: “The most influential, knowledgeable surgeon” she has ever had the pleasure of meeting.
Rebecca enthused: “We are fortunate at Trinity Dental to have Dery and be able to learn from his wealth of knowledge and all feel truly inspired by his experiences and love of surgery.”
Dental nurse Victoria Vandervelden shed light on the charity work Dery does in his spare time. She explained how he used the death of his grandmother as his motivation to help people in different countries gain access to better oral health.
“It started when his grandmother died, and the hospital asked for the mortuary blanket back because they have very limited supplies. Dery decided that each year he would take a team of medics to treat people with no access to health care in Ghana, a very poor country.
“He funds it himself with a close group of friends, and Ghanaian locals will walk for days to see him and his team. Back in the UK, Dery also spends an extraordinary amount of own time visiting the cancer patients he has diagnosed."
She concludes: “He is truly remarkable.”
Alongside his work at Trinity Dental, Dery works in the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery department in Northampton General Hospital as an associate specialist, a role he has held for 20 years.
Nominate A Smile is a key part of National Smile Month, a charity campaign to promote good oral health. It sets out to find very special people with stories and smiles that have the power to lift and inspire all those around them.
Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “Dery is a true embodiment of what the Nominate A Smile competition is all about. He is undoubtedly a very special individual, whose dedication towards helping others is extremely uplifting.
“If the kind words said of him by people he works closely with weren’t enough to illustrate how much of a credit he is to his profession, the charity work he undertakes both in and outside the UK really hammers home why he is such a worthy winner of our competition.”
National Smile Month highlights the importance of good oral health and what everybody can go to achieve a health mouth, including brushing one’s teeth last thing at night and at one other time during the day with fluoride toothpaste.
The Oral Health Foundation is also keen to stress the importance of cutting down on how much and how often people ingest sugary foods and drinks, as well as encouraging regular dental visits.