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BSDHT-Wrigley Company Foundation Oral Care Community Service Grants

19 June 2018

The Wrigley Company Foundation has been working with the British Society of Dental Hygiene and Therapy (BSDHT) to extend the Oral Care Community Service Grant Programme to the UK.

Community grants of up to £1,500 have been awarded to three projects supporting oral health promotion and projects within their local communities:

  • Ruth Potterton for her Dental Buddies: One Step Beyond campaign

Developing teams of children as 'Dental Buddies', who will learn about their own oral health and how this impacts on general health, esteem and self-confidence. The Dental Buddies will champion oral health within their setting, at school and at home.

  • Melanie Smith for her Healthy Smiles project

Working with local children’s centres, schools and homeless centres to educate and support the community in safeguarding against poor oral health.

  • Frances Marriott for Oral Health within the Dementia Discovery Zone

Providing a non­clinical oral health education and information service within a city centre social enterprise setting supporting people living with Dementia and their carers.

The Wrigley Company Foundation is a global initiative, which focuses on improving the wellbeing of people across the globe. It does this through the deployment of grants programmes focused on oral health, environmental stewardship and local civic needs.

Since its founding in 1987, the Wrigley Company Foundation has positively impacted millions of people around the world, donating more than $70 million USD to nonprofit partners.

All the reports from the winning projects will be available to view at the Oral Health Conference and Exhibition, to be held on 23-24 November at the Telford International Centre.

To find out more about the Wrigley Company Foundation and BSDHT grant, visit the BSDHT website or contact

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