Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Word of Mouth.
It is with huge sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Colin Hall Dexter. Colin passed away on 6th July, and was one of the most influential figures in the concept of preventive dentistry and was instrumental in the formation of the British Dental Health Foundation. He was extremely well thought of, respected and loved by many people involved in dentistry. You can read tributes to Colin on pages four and five.
One of the biggest stories of the month was the revelation that 26,000 children were admitted to hospital due to tooth decay. These figures certainly came as a shock to me, given how entirely preventable tooth decay is. Our full response, as well as the opinion of the Children's Food Campaign, can be read on page 10.
Summer is in full swing, and that means National Smile Month has wrapped up for another year. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who helped to make the campaign such a success, and you can read how successful the campaign was on page 12.
Finally, there's an opportunity to meet the British Dental Health Foundation's President Elect, Janet Goodwin. Janet, a well-known dental care professional on the outskirts of Blackpool, will take the reins at the Foundation at the end of 2015, and she talks about everything from her first steps into dentistry to her ideal dinner guests.
Enjoy the issue, and I'll see you in August.