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Since its inception in 1880, the BDA has been the voice of dentistry in the UK. We are the voice of dentists and dental students in the UK. We bring dentists together, supporting our members through advice and education, and represent their interests.

As the trade union and professional body, we represent all fields of dentistry including general practice, community dental services, the armed forces, hospitals, academia, public health, and research.

We are owned and run by our members and all our income is reinvested for the benefit of the profession.


We are committed to supporting our members throughout their professional lives and using our influence for the benefit of members, the dental profession, and patients. We aim to share our collective knowledge and expertise and place members at the heart of everything we do.

Together, we are stronger.


Dentists are critical to the health of the nation, and we want to see better oral health for all. We stand up for dentists, so they can deliver the very best care for their patients. Our duty is to serve the needs of our members. We believe that together, we can achieve more than we could individually.

Our members are at the heart of everything we do.

Delivering results for the profession

Impact report 2023

Our latest impact report shows how we’ve continued to push for change on behalf of dentistry and public health, as well as assisted members, through small stories, anecdotes, reviews, and some essential statistics.
A dentist and dental nurse working on a patient

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