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Improving oral health

Tooth decay – an almost entirely preventable condition – remains the leading cause of hospital admissions among children in the UK. Prevention should be at the heart of any effective healthcare strategy. Yet successive governments have failed to provide dentists with the plans or priority to deliver on it.



We are calling on government in all four of the UK countries to give better access to NHS dental services and improved oral health for our patients.


We want:

  1. Investment in a preventative approach
  2. Ensuring a dental workforce motivated for the future
  3. Securing access to dental services for vulnerable groups
  4. Support for public health initiatives to improve oral health - including highlighting sugar consumption and oral cancer
  5. Access to digital technologies to ensure better patient care


Improving oral health across the UK


Want to know more?

If you'd like a briefing on any of these issues or to know more, please get in touch.


​Campaigning for better oral health

When it comes to oral health, we believe in prevention first: tooth decay is an avoidable disease and we are campaigning for Government's to take this problem seriously, to act now and invest in real prevention.


Read our latest blogs on the topic of public health in dentistry.


Through our policy and campaigning work, we ensure that the concerns of all sections of the profession are raised and that dentists' voices are heard at a national level.


With each new member, our voice and our influence grows. Add your voice, join today.