Dr Linda Greenwall has been awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours
It has been announced that dentist Linda Greenwall has been awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of her services to dentistry and charity in the UK and overseas.
A serial entrepreneur in the dental sector Dr Greenwall runs Hampstead Dental Clinic, set up the British Dental Bleaching Society and is a sought after expert lecturer on the subject of tooth whitening. More recently she set up the Dental Wellness Trust, which this year launched the Good:Deed toothbrush initiative to raise funds to supply thee million toothbrushes to those without access to even the most basic oral healthcare.
Dr Greenwall commented: “As a dentist I consider it a good deed to brush your own teeth and to help others to do the same is doubly good” So the message is simple: when you buy a Good:Deed Toothbrush, we give one to a child in need.”
This simple, philanthropic initiative is only a small part of the work carried out by the Dental Wellness Trust (but is fundamental to its success) which includes providing supervised tooth brushing programmes for one million children in South Africa, and an evening programme called LiveSmart which aims to help 10,000 children clean up each night by providing them with brushes, toothpaste and soap (for which the organisation is lobbying for donations from oral health companies and hotels) and teaching them effective oral hygiene methods.
Dentists from all over the world have donated their time, and the supervised brushing sessions have been shown to significantly improve both the oral and overall health of the participants. In the Philippines alone the programme was shown to improve tooth care by 40% in a single year.
The charity also works with elderly, disabled and marginalised people in the UK, Eastern Europe, Ghana, Ruwanda, South Africa, and Israel to help improve their access to good oral health.
Not one to rest on her laurels Dr Greenwall is staging an integrated healthcare conference to explore methods of “Saving Kids’ Teeth” followed by a fund raising dinner for the Dental Wellness Trust on 2nd November 2017 at Lords Cricket Ground.