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Dr Mitesh Badiani awarded 'National Dentist of the Year 2015'

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Mitesh Badiani of Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence has been awarded National Dentist of the year 2015.

The Dental Awards ceremony was held at a gala dinner at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole NEC, on Friday 17th April 2015.

Dr Badiani was a finalist in the category ”Dentist of the Year South 2015” which he was awarded on the night and then went on to be awarded National Dentist of the year 2015.

Mitesh was recognised for his clinical expertise and commitment to patient care as well as his dedication to teaching and mentoring his fellow colleagues and peers from all around the country.

Mitesh celebrated on the night with his son, daughter, long standing friends and colleagues.

All the staff at Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence congratulates Mitesh on this fantastic achievement recognising all the hard work, dedication and commitment to his profession. 


The C Group Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:21


Dr Mitesh Badiani our implant dentist at Plymouth and Devon Dental Centre of Excellence was recently awarded a lifetime achievement award by Major Andy Salmon at an awards ceremony in London for his dental project where all medically discharged Royal Marines receive free private dental care for the rest of their lives. 

Dr Mitesh Badiani started the Smilestar project and has clinics in India, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania where free dental care is provided to the local population.

The project was started in conjunction with the C Group which is a Royal Marine charity in 2009 and currently there are over 250 marines dotted around the UK who receive this care.



Smilestar Charity Trip to Kenya 2014

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 September 2015 12:07

Smilestar Charity Trip to Kenya 2014

The Westgate Samburu Community in north-central Kenya received a unique set of visitors recently… in the form of an entire dental clinic from Smilestar Charity.

Many of the rural areas in Kenya do not have a dental service, and in some instances, the only available dental treatment is provided by witch doctors. In Westgate, the nearest dentist is located in Isiolo town, which is at least a two-hour drive away or more than a full days walk. The Samburu have poor access to clean water and they use a twig from “the tooth brush tree” to clean their teeth.

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To help bridge the gap in government health care provision, The Safari Collection is helping to facilitate access to medical facilities and health care for the Westgate Community with the assistance of SmileStar, a UK charity, founded by Mitesh Badiani. His vision is to provide free, quality dental treatment to as many people as possible, particularly remote disadvantaged communities where basic dentistry is not available.

For this clinic SmileStar brought a team of four highly skilled dentists, four dental nurses, a midwife, a general nurse and two support staff with them, all of who paid their own fares. Incredibly, they also brought all the dental equipment they needed from UK. We invited a Kenyan eye specialist and the community nurses to join the team, to provide more general outreach medical services.


Dental Award Winners 2014

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:21

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Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence and Devon Dental Centre of Excellence (Craniomandibular Clinics Ltd) are very proud to annouce that for the second year running they have become winners again for 'Team of the year for the South'. The event was held on Friday 6th June at the Lancaster Hotel in London. The whole team are delighted to have won two years in a row and feel very proud of the whole team and their achievements. 


Dental Award Winners 2013

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 November 2013 12:19


Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence and Devon Dental Centre of Excellence (Craniomandibular Clinics Ltd) walked away from the prestigious national dentistry awards as winners. Not only did they become the winners of the team of the year for the south but also became the national team of the year. The event was held at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 19th April 2013 and this was the year that both practises were recognised for their hard work, high quality and the multi-skilled and highly motivated team. 


SmileStar Royal Marine Charity

Last Updated on Friday, 22 November 2013 08:48

New scheme supporting medically retired Royal Marines with free dental care

Coming back to civilian life after leaving the services, not through choice but through disability caused in the line of duty, can be a challenging period for a former Royal Marine and the adjustment may be fraught with hurdles and disappointments.  One example that has been receiving attention recently is the offer to the hundred or so medically discharged Royal Marines leaving annually, who have been kept dentally fit by the Armed Forces, a choice of free dental care in the community where they settle.  Now, sympathetic dental practices can join a national scheme, The C Group and SmileStar former-Marine Dental Care Campaign, to help some of those former Royal Marine personnel with free basic dental care for life.  Already more than sixty practices around the UK are signed up to the scheme.

The inspiring scheme is being run by The C Group, a Royal Marines charity whose mission is mobilise the business community to support the Royal Marines together with Smilestar Ltd, an organisation pending charitable status based in Devon. Royal Marines applicants will be introduced to the scheme through the normal resettlement process and those who are interested will be passed through to SmileStar for appropriate administration and details of their nearest participating practice. The scheme, the idea of Dr Mitesh Badiani, Principal dentist at the Devon Dental Centre of Excellence, is to be launched from his Ashburton based practice on June 22nd at 10.00am. 

Colonel Hutton, the Chief Executive of The C Group, who has supported the scheme from its inception, explained “Coming home and trying to settle into normal life is harder than people imagine and routine procedures such as going to a dentist can be immensely daunting.  What Dr Badiani and his network of supporting dentists are offering is choice. A man can decide whether to go with the NHS system or take the opportunity to receive basic private dental care for free. This is a great offer and will help those who live in areas where NHS surgeries are working at capacity or where travel requirements may be excessive. There are numerous reasons to help these men who have served their country so bravely.  This scheme will offer an extra helping hand to aid their rehabilitation. Practices around the country are signing up to the scheme to help in their area – we’ve been totally overwhelmed by the support the campaign is receiving already.”  

At the launch of the scheme, on June 22nd in Ashburton, presentations will be given by Colonel Jim Hutton of the Royal Marines and Dr Badiani.  Sixty practices around the country have already joined the scheme including the Devon Dental Centre of Excellence, the Plymouth Dental Centre of Excellence and other Devon based practices such as Totnes’s Riverview Dental and Bovey Tracey’s Quality Dental Care.  

Interested practices can find out more or register by calling Emily Rundle, Smilestar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 01364 653142.  They will be asked to accept up to ten registered ‘Medically Discharged’ former Royal Marines personnel and offer them free routine treatment, including check-ups, fillings and extractions for as long as it is required.  Once the Royal Marine’s C-Group receives a request from an appropriate marine, they will be in touch with SmileStar.  Details of the nearest participating practice can then be given to that particular marine who will then make contact with the practice with all appropriate information.  Practices from all around the UK, particularly in areas with strong links to the Royal Marines, are being encouraged to express an interest and request further details.

For further information please contact: Emily Rundle, Smilestar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

16 June 2010

Notes for Editors:

SmileStar Ltd  Company No. 07180875 was started by Mitesh Badiani BDS in order to help support rural villagers in India , Kenya and Uganda as well as providing free basic dental care to medically discharged Marines. Smilestar is awaiting charitable status.

Mitesh Badiani is Principal Dentist at The Devon Dental Centre of Excellence in Ashburton Devon.  For more information contact: Emily Rundle, Smilestar at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The C Group, founded in May 2008, was the brain-child of Major General Andy Salmon, CMG OBE, the then Commandant of the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines.  The purpose of the charity is to raise awareness and generate practical support throughout the business community for Royal Marines, particularly those who are suffering the long-term effects of injuries sustained on operations.  The C Group is registered as a charity nested under the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, Charity Number 1134205-2.

Medically discharged Royal Marines interested in the programme should contact their Resettlement officer or The Executive Secretary of The C Group, Elli Govier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via The C Group website at .


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