Long commute worth it for top dentist Nigel

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GETTING people to brush their teeth isn’t always easy - but decades of doing just that have led to Dr Nigel Carter being made an OBE.

Dr Carter is chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, which is based in East Union Street, Rugby. The honour recognises Dr Carter’s services to dental and oral health.

Dr Carter has held the position since 1997, and was previously chairman and trustee. He has an association of more than 35 years with the foundation.

Dr Carter, who travels to Rugby every day from his home in Surrey, said: “It is a tremendous honour.

“This award recognises not only me but also the work of British Dental Health Foundation and I am very proud of what we have achieved over the last 40 years.”

The foundation is an independent charity that aims to improve the oral health of the public by providing free and impartial dental advice, by running educational campaigns and by informing and influencing the public, profession and government on many issues including mouth cancer and fluoridation. It celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

Overseeing the Foundation’s work including National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month, Dr Carter works with health departments and major health, cancer, dental and medical organisations.

He is also trustee and treasurer of the Royal Society for Public Health and takes a strong interest in public health, the current NHS reorganisation and social factors that affect health.

Dr Carter added: “Dentistry has made great strides over the years and patients have benefitted greatly from the innovations and improvements in treatment.”