British Endodontic Society

Glasgow’s “Big Smile Big Band” world record attempt

Are you looking for something to make you smile?

At 1.30pm on Friday 9 June 2017, over 1000 people, including University of Glasgow Dental School staff, students and alumni, Glasgow area schoolchildren and teachers and staff from local dental practices, will gather together to create the world’s biggest ‘human’ smile.

This is a mass participation art project to set a Guinness World Record by creating the shape of a big smile at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC, formerly the SECC) in Glasgow. The initiative is being orchestrated by the University of Glasgow Dental School, sponsored by the British Endodontic Society. This is all in the name of promoting the importance of oral health.

The Big Smile Big Band event will be taking place during National Smile Month, a UK-wide event that has been organised annually since 1977 by the health charity the Oral Health Foundation.

The promotion of oral health and the celebration of the successes seen in Scotland, especially in the excellent progress made in the oral health of children. As stated in Scotland's Oral Health Plan, a recent Scottish Government Consultation Exercise on the Future of Oral Health Services, “Dental decay is almost always entirely preventable, and by ensuring good oral health in children, we help safeguard the oral health of the future adult population”.

The British Endodontic Society is a major sponsor for the event and is proud to support the event as part of the Society’s – “Teeth for Life” campaign.

Event highlights:

  • 1000+ people attempting to beat a world record
  • Lively interactive oral health promotion for school pupils in attendance – by the Glasgow Oral Health Improvement Student Society
  • Live music will be provided by the Glasgow Dental School Big Band.
  • Band leader and University of Glasgow Dental Alumnus Callum Wemyss has brought together over twenty musicians and singers to put on a musical spectacular
  • As part of the world leading Childsmile campaign, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Glasgow each year invites primary school pupils from Glasgow Schools to take part in the “Sparkling Star Award”. The competition encourages pupils to write a song to accompany tooth brushing, raising awareness of good oral health habits and the profile of school tooth brushing programmes. The winning lyrics from 2016 and 2017 will be performed by the school children at the Big Smile Big Band event.
  • The University Photographic Unit is video-recording the record attempt from an aerial platform, and the result will be verified for a Guinness World Record by two lawyers from the Fiscal’s Office.
  • Lord Provost has also kindly agreed to join us for part of the afternoon.

For more details on this event and how you can get involved, visit:

3 June 2017

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