GLASGOW-Hundreds of people participated in the Big Smile Big Band event, which took place at the SEC Glasgow, including Dental School and other University staff, dental alumni, school children and teachers from the Glasgow area.
Participants wore red and white ponchos and formed the lips and teeth of a giant smile to highlight the importance of oral health.
Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of the Dental School at the University of Glasgow, said: “I am delighted that we were able to achieve our aim of assembling 1000 participants in the shape of a big smile and I sincerely hope that Guinness World Records will verify this as the world’s biggest smile.
“The event has been a huge amount of fun to organise. The promotion of oral health, particularly in children, is an important message to get across. We hope that our record breaking event has been both fun and educational for all involved.”
Glasgow’s Lord Provost Eva Bolander, who was in attendance, said: “Glaswegians are famed for their friendliness. A big smile is a great way to win friends and influence people.”
Dr Margie Taylor, the Chief Dental Officer for Scotland, said: ““I am delighted to be involved in this event which highlights the importance of oral health in such a fun way.”
Dr Colwyn Jones, Consultant in Dental Public Health/Head of the Evidence for Action Team at NHS Health Scotland said: “Congratulations to Professor Bagg and his team in organising this record breaking event. As with most human diseases, children living in the poorest areas are more likely to have tooth decay. Events like the one organised today allow us to remind people that tooth decay is almost entirely preventable.”