Student has designs on holistic dental care

A 22-year-old student has had her top design of the ‘dental experience’ hailed as ‘future thinking’ by judges.

Lottie Duke, a final year Design for Industry student at Northumbria Univeristy, won first prize – an internship with GlaxoSmithKline worth £3,750 – for her entry in the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) Design Awards.

The Lancaster student is in her final year at Northumbria University and her entry consisted of a ‘dental experience’ that would visit schools, encouraging children to take up holistic oral healthcare.

In addition to getting a check-up in a ‘big top’ tent, children would be presented with a product pack aimed at making caring for their teeth a fun activity.

One of the items she designed was a toothbrush with a UV plaque light to make the plaque on children’s teeth glow.

A ‘plug pet’ that only survives if children feed it their used toothpaste foam twice a day was also included in the pack.

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