Ex Naval Officer and Practice Owner Ben Pearson from Life Dental & Wellbeing in Exeter won the Best Leader in Prevention award at the National Oral Health Awards in London last Friday.
Ben, who has an MSc in Periodontology (the study of gums) was shortlisted in the category with 10 other leaders of prevention from all over the UK and was delighted to win the award. “I can’t believe I’ve won” he said “I didn’t even know I’d been nominated until the shortlist came out. I just want to help people keep their own teeth and be healthy for as long as possible so I'm just doing the job I love really. This award is not only for me but for my whole team, without their support I wouldn’t be able to do what I do so thank you everyone.”
He was recognised by the panel of judges for being at the forefront of the changing way of dentistry; leading by example and putting into practice the realisation that your mouth and oral health is the gateway to your overall health and wellbeing.
Life Dental & Wellbeing is one of only a few (if not the only) Dental Practice in the country whose primary focus is prevention with a zero tolerance to gum disease. It is one of the only practices to offer new patients a Mini Health Check – including checking Blood Sugar levels, Blood Pressure and BMI and recognising the oral systemic link between gum disease and the rest of the body.
Periodontitis is the 6th most prevalent disease throughout the world and significantly linked to general well-being and longevity. It is often ‘silent’ and can be present for decades without diagnosis and treatment. It is highly preventable and, especially in the early stages, quite easily treatable. Many studies link oral health to a number of significant conditions such as Alzheimer’s, cardio health and diabetes although the role of gum disease is not yet clear. The bottom line is that more than 45% of adults in the UK are affected by gum disease and even at its most mild level can affect quality of life.
It’s a subject that is not often discussed but as the figures show affects many of us. If you are worried about your gums or oral health in general then you can contact Ben at www.lifedentalandwellbeing.co.uk or pop into the practice at 31 Queen Street Exeter EX4 3SR