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It’s that time again when Dentistry magazine launch their shortlist for the Dentistry Top 50 awards.
This poll is open to all readers of Dentistry magazine and users of Dentistry.co.uk. Readers are asked to consider who they think are the most influential people in the UK dental profession whether it be colleagues, tutors, association leaders, political figures, media analysts or whoever and we are pleased to confirm that Dr Sunita Verma, Principal of Sparkle Dental Boutique, Kew has been shortlisted once again.
Sunita says “I’m very surprised to be shortlisted. It’s a great honour to even be considered amongst such people who are changing the face of dentistry in the UK.”
The search to find the most inspiring women in the United Kingdom is nearly over with the announcement of the shortlist for the 10th Asian Women of Achievement Awards. Amongst the shortlist is Dr Sunita Verma, Cosmetic Dentist, Sparkle Dental Boutique, Kew under the category of Professional of the Year.
Founded and chaired by Indian born author and entrepreneur Pinky Lilani OBE, and held in association with Lloyds TSB, the awards celebrate the contribution that Asian women make to UK’s business, public, cultural, and political sectors.Now an important event on the Asian community’s calendar, the initiative has come to symbolise multi-cultural Britain.
Previous accolades have been awarded to actresses Shaheen Khan and Nina Wadia, BBC newsreader Mishal Husain and world-leading academic Professor Xiangqian Jang. Judges includes human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti CBE, also an award recipient, Dragons Den star James Caan, actress Meera Syal and Sir Nicholas Young, chief executive of the British Red Cross.
Pinky Lilani said: “We founded these awards in 1999 to recognise the contribution that Asian women were making to British life – a celebration of the cultural and social enrichment they provide. Over the last 10 years, they’ve become both a barometer of social change and an important platform for Asian women. “This year, we’re casting the net far and wide to identify those women who – through their passion and commitment – symbolise today’s diverse society.”
Dr Sunita Verma says “I am extremely proud of my roots and of the great contribution that Asian women have and are making to the workplace. I am genuinely delighted to bring Asian women in Dentistry to the forefront, as I love the profession that I work in. To be shortlisted amongst such outstanding women is a great achievement and I look forward to attending the Awards ceremony (and meeting James Caan!) at the London Hilton on Wednesday 20th May 2009.”
Best Team London and Best Team UK
Left to Right: Wing, Kavita, Sunita, Mei and Hardip
Sparkle Dental Boutique, Kew were taking a victory lap with the announcement at the Dentistry Awards that the Sparkle Team were winners of Best Team London 2008/9. As a regional winner, Sparkle Dental Boutique was automatically put forward for the coveted overall title of Best Team UK, which it also won!
The five professionals, Sunita, Kavita, Hardip, Wing and Mei were thrilled with the recognition of their combined efforts, with Manager Kavita saying, “We have an outstanding team. Each team member is focused on giving 100% to patients each day. We are extremely proud to have been recognised as a small team and have set our goals to reach for the stars. We are thrilled to be recognised as Best Team London but also Best Team UK. It certainly is the cherry on the icing on a very sweet cake!”
The Dentistry Awards held in the Athena in Leicester were hosted by Kriss Akabusi, three-times Olympic medallist and are one of the biggest awards in the dental calendar.
The British Dental Health Foundation has revealed that it will be focusing on the link between oral health and overall body health in this year’s National Smile Month – an event that will run simultaneously in the UK and the USA.
Dr Sunita Verma from Sparkle Dental Boutique, Kew says, “We have always supported National Smile Month and this months theme ‘Brush for Health’, which runs from 18 May to 17 June emphasises the importance of good oral healthcare to our general well being’. There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that people with gum disease are more at risk of heart disease, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and, in the case of pregnant women, giving birth to underweight babies. Gum disease is caused by poor oral healthcare and is, therefore, totally preventable. Around 19 out of 20 people suffer with gum disease at some point in their lives, but with a good oral healthcare routine they can easily prevent it from developing into something more serious. For good oral health:
Cut down how often you have sugary foods and drinks
Visit us at Sparkle regularly
You should also clean between the teeth once-a-day using floss or interdental brushes, change your toothbrush every three months and check your mouth regularly for any lumps, non healing ulcers or red/white patches in the mouth – as these can all be early signs of mouth cancer