By: The Wellington Team | Published: May 15, 2012
Between 20th May and 20th June the UK will be celebrating National Smile Month (NSM). NSM is the annual Oral health campaign organised by the UK’s leading Oral health charity, the British Dental Health Foundation (BDHF).
To get you in the smiling mood watch A Smile and a Ribbon (orginally used for the National lottery campaign) sung by Patience and Prudence in 1956.
National Smile Month
By dedicating a month to smiling the BDHF aims to work towards improving oral health in the UK with three key messages:
- Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
- Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
- Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend
Looking at the facts
- Nearly one in ten people in the UK aren’t registered with a dentist
- One person in 10 is unaware of the threat of mouth cancer
- Poor dental health has been linked to an increased risk of Type 2 diabetes
- Direct links have been established between bacteria in the mouth and heart attacks
- One third of people in Britain still only brush their teeth once a day, or less
For more information on National Smile Month, please visit the website www.nationalsmilemonth.org
Network with our Consultants
To coincide with this Oral orientated month The Wellington Hospital is hosting an informal networking evening for dental health professionals. This is an opportunity to meet and chat to Consultant Maxillofacial Surgeons, Mr Luke Cascarini and Mr Manolis Heliotis.
When & Where
Thursday 24th May 2012
7pm to 9pm
The Wellington Hospital Boardroom, 5th Floor South Building
Places are limited for this event please advise us of your attendance at the earliest opportunity to ensure your place. Contact: Pat Bond, Tel: 0207 483 5614, Email: email@example.com
Mr Luke Cascarini, BDS, MBBCh, FDSRCS (Eng), FRCS (OMFS)
Mr Luke Cascarini is qualified in dentistry (Bristol 1995) and medicine (Wales 2000). He undertook pre registration house jobs in surgery at Bristol and in medicine at Sidcup.
Mr Cascarini’s basic surgical training included A & E in Dartford followed by a year in surgery (colorectal and vascular) also in Dartford. He passed FDSRCS(Eng) in 2001 and MRCS(Eng) in 2004. He also worked for over a year as a Senior House Officer in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead before starting his higher surgical training.
As a Specialist Registrar in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery he rotated through St. George’s, Kent & Canterbury, Guy’s, Kings’ and St Thomas’ and Queen Victoria Hospitals. During his training he published over 30 papers, presented at national and international meetings and became an associate editor of the British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. He was a trainee representative to his national association as well as the Association of Surgeons in Training representative to the Court of Examiners Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Mr Cascarini is a co-author of ‘Fundamental Principles of Surgery’ and has also contributed a number of chapters in other surgical texts. Mr Cascarini has a broad range of skills in oral and maxillofacial surgery. In particular, he has extensive experience in head and neck cancer, including micro-vascular reconstruction, salivary gland disease and maxillofacial trauma, as well as day-today oral surgery, temporomandibular joint disorders and dental implantology.
Mr Manolis Heliotis, FRCS (OMFS), FDSRCS, MSc, MBChB (Stell), BDS (Wits)
Mr Manolis Heliotis is the Clinical Director of the Head & Neck Division of the North West London NHS Trust with responsibility for the clinical management of the Departments of: Maxillofacial & Oral Surgery; Orthodontics; Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery; Audiology; Ophthalmology.
Mr Heliotis received all his post-graduate surgical training in the United Kingdom. Formal Higher Surgical Training was achieved by rotating through some of the best training hospitals for his speciality – Kings College Hospital, The Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead & The Royal Surrey County Hospital in Guildford. He is Board Certified in Maxillofacial and Oral Surgery in the UK and holds the FRCS (OMFS).
Mr Heliotis has performed, taught and supervised well over 3,000 procedures on people’s faces in his career for complex facial deformity, orthognathic surgery, cosmetic facial surgery, cranio-maxillofacial and orbital trauma and post-traumatic facial deformity correction, septo-rhinoplasties for cosmetic and post-traumatic nasal corrections, facial cosmetic implants, salivary gland surgery, head & neck skin cancer resections and reconstructions of nose, ear, eye lid, orbital and cheek defects with complex flaps and skin grafts. He is the designated surgeon at NWLH NHS Trust for facial / head & neck skin cancers, working closely with dermatologists & GPs and sits on the skin cancer MDT.
He has also performed thousands of oral surgical procedures for impacted wisdom teeth, unerupted teeth and dental implants. He has used pioneering translational work in bone grafting and bone regeneration for facial reconstruction and jaw augmentations with recombinant growth factors and has carried out novel work in reconstructing defects resulting from bisphosphonate related osteonecrosis of the jaws.
Mr Heliotis’ foremost professional aim is clinical excellence, to give the best care possible to every patient, together with the empathy, understanding and ethos that the Hippocratic Oath demands.