Isles of Scilly dentist Dr Michael Twamley named Hidden Hero in Oral Health Foundation’s National Smile Month campaign
Dentist from the Isles of Scilly has been recognized in a national competition.
Dr. Michael Twamley has been named a Hidden Hero in the Oral Health Foundation’s National Smile Month campaign.
The 43-year-old man who lives on the remote island of St Mary’s is a dentist who believes in the benefits and importance of a healthy smile.
It is this passion that has led him to take a leading role in helping members of his local community, especially children, maintain a healthy smile, as well as spreading smiles through his work with the Brighter Smiles oral health program run by Smile Together across Cornwall The Isles of Scilly.
Michael was nominated by his colleague Tracy, who believes his contagious passion for his work and his commitment to his community make him fully worthy of this award.
She said: “Michael is just an always smiling and positive person who provides emergency and regular dental care to the 2,500 residents of St Mary’s Island and the Outer Islands. At the same time, however, his passion for prevention is positively contagious – he reaches the hearts of the island community to fight tooth decay and improve oral health, especially for the children of the Isles of Scilly.
“He is regularly found in the local school and other community settings giving presentations, sharing oral health tips and advice, and demonstrating toothbrushing at all ages. Evenings, weekends, or lunchtime, Michael is so enthusiastic, flexible, generous and passionate about making a difference to the oral health of Islanders.
The dad of two is keen on making oral health fun and engaging, which is also why he runs fun initiatives like Friday Fun Dental Facts on the local community’s Facebook group.
He said, “Campaigns like National Smile Month are very important because they make the public aware of the importance of good oral health.
“Oral cancer survival rates have not increased since becoming a dentist. The more we can get people to think about their mouths, the more likely we are to help them improve their oral health and potentially save lives. “
Dr Nigel Carter, Executive Director of the Oral Health Foundation, added: “Michael is a shining example of what a dentist looks like immersed in his community.
“His passion for delivering vital oral health messages, especially in children, is really great to see and is undoubtedly having a very positive impact on the community. “
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