Warm welcome by Northamptonshire dental surgery receptionist impresses judges in nationwide search for best smile

Receptionist and trainee dental nurse Sharne Chester
Receptionist and trainee dental nurse Sharne Chester

A receptionist at a dental practice in Northamptonshire has won a national competition to find the best smile.

Sharne Chester was nomintated by the team at Trinity Dental in Rothwell as part of the competition organised by the Oral Health Foundation. The charity had launched the competition as part of National Smile Month.

Receptionist and trainee dental nurse Sharne Chester

Receptionist and trainee dental nurse Sharne Chester

Clinic manager, Rebecca Shaw, said: “Sharne is the first person our patients see and she is very popular. Patients always ask where she is when she isn’t around as her presence and caring nature brightens people’s days.

“Sharne really thinks about the patients journey from start to end. You can see that Sharne is a genuine person and really does care about our patients. They are welcomed into our clinic and are sent away feeling like they are the only patient on our records as such high care is delivered.

“Care doesn’t falter between patients and after-care forms part of Sharne’s approach, calling them and sending postcards to check they are ok after lengthy treatments or anyone that is nervous.

“Sharne has also recently contacted several schools in our area to offer our services to provide oral health education to children. She has started creating the presentation and gathering educational items for the schools,” she said.

The Oral Health Foundation visited Sharne and the team to surprise her with a prize and she was beaming from ear to ear, remarking that this ‘had made her year’.

CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, said: “We felt that Sharne encapsulated everything that National Smile Month stands for; education and care with a great big smile and are delighted to call her one of the faces of National Smile Month 2016.

“Sharne said to secret to being able to work with a smile everyday was her great team, the wonderful patients and being able to bring smiles to other people.

“Congratulations to Sharne, we are sure everyone can agree that she is a very worthy winner.”

Running from May to June National Smile Month encourages all dental and health professionals, schools, pharmacies, community groups, colleges and workplaces to join in and ‘educate, motivate and communicate’ positive oral health messages and improve the quality of smiles.

Its three key messages are:

* Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste.

* Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks.

* Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

Visit www.smilemonth.org for more information about National Smile Month.