Guinness World Records has officially verified that the University of Glasgow’s Dental School successfully created the world’s biggest ever smile at the Scottish Event Campus on 9 June 2017.
During the event, attended by the City’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander and Scotland’s Chief Dental Officer, Margie Taylor, 756 participants, wearing red and white ponchos, joined the mass participation art installation of a Big Smile at the venue.
It was an event two years in planning to mark National Smile Month, which itself is organised each year by the Oral Health Foundation. The University of Glasgow Dental School and SEC worked together, supported by Glasgow Convention Bureau to organise the attempt as SEC gifted the venue space.
Kathleen Warden, Director of Conference Sales at the SEC commented: “This is a true testament to the power of the partnerships across the City of Glasgow and we are so pleased that we could help the dental school with their goal of officially staging the world’s biggest smile.
“Events like this truly show the sense of community in the city and the role that venues can play in supporting local initiatives that can have a global impact. We have a very highly regarded dental school in Glasgow and we are really keen to support their objective to improve dental health and are looking at further initiatives to support their goals, and bring more dental focussed events to the venue and city.”
Professor Jeremy Bagg, Head of the University of Glasgow Dental School, said: “I am delighted that we were able to achieve our aim of setting a Guinness World Record by assembling more than 750 participants in the shape of a big smile as Glasgow’s contribution to National Smile Month. The event was a huge amount of fun to organise and our sincere thanks go to all of the many partners and organisations involved who helped to make this happen.
“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.”
The event represented the beginning of a wider community engagement initiative, working to promote dental health, particularly amongst youngsters, in the Scotland region.