Dental Review hears more from Teeth Team founder and MBE recipient Ingrid Perry
Ingrid Perry, founder of Teeth Team and practice manager of mydentist Holderness Road in Hull, is celebrating the news that she is to receive an MBE. This column puts a little more meat on a previously published item, and Dental Review is pleased to add its voice in congratulating Ingrid and her Teeth Team colleagues.
She was nominated for her tireless services to education and the improvement of dental health for young people. Ingrid will be presented with her award later this year.
Ingrid is a familiar face to many in East Yorkshire having worked in community health for more than 25 years, at first through providing oral health education direct to local families and more recently as a practice manager.
Drawing on her own childhood experiences regarding the effects of poor oral health, plus her knowledge of the local community, she founded Teeth Team in Hull – a charity dedicated to helping educate and empower children to make the right choices regarding their daily oral health and hygiene routines.
The charity’s achievements are impressive, achieving nearly 20% reduction in children’s dental extractions under general anaesthetic in one area of Hull alone.
Since its inception, an initiative which began as a small community organisation has expanded right across the UK to areas of deprivation – fulfilling its aim to make a positive impact on children’s oral health.
Ingrid said: “I know first-hand the lifelong difficulties that children face due to early tooth decay, and that is what drives me to make a change. Sadly, not all children are encouraged to maintain good oral health, or make the right food choices, but through our work we aim to educate children and make brushing an everyday routine.
“The children we see today are the parents of tomorrow, and by providing education and encouragement we can break the relentless cycle of preventable childhood dental decay. I’m extremely honoured to be receiving an MBE but the award honours everyone who has been involved with Teeth Team.”
Steve Melton, Managing Director of mydentist, said: “Ingrid is a credit to mydentist and we were thrilled to hear her news. We cannot think of anyone more deserving of this award.
“Throughout her career Ingrid has been passionate about breaking down the barriers preventing children from managing good oral health at home. At a time where a child is having a dental extraction under general anaesthetic every 10 minutes, Ingrid and her team play a vital role in fighting preventable dental disease.”
Although Ingrid has not yet been given a date she will travel to London later this year receive her award.
To discover more about Teeth Team, visit www.teethteam.org.uk