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The expertise of the Committee ranges from political issues, such as the regulation of dentistry and oral health promotion, to clinical issues such as cross infection control, orthodontics and restorative dentistry. The Committee includes cross representation with the BDA’s Dental Public Health Committee (DPHC) and has a representative from Cochrane UK.

Our priorities

Our core priority is the consideration of matters of scientific importance that may have relevance to dentistry and oral health. This may include but is not limited to issues surrounding oral health promotion, the science of dental materials, new developments from the dental research community, the control of infection within the dental operating area and oral disease processes.

The Committee has provided scientific input into several BDA campaigns and resources, including calls for radical action to lower the nation’s sugar intake and removal of misleading marketing claims by children’s food manufacturers, supporting the development of the oral cancer toolkit with CRUK, and working alongside the Council of European Dentists to avoid a full ban on dental amalgam.

 Our team 


Dr Mick Armstrong

Mick qualified from Newcastle University and has spent all his practising life in General Practice. He was a partner in Armstrong & Haire Ltd, a six surgery, mostly NHS practice in Castleford, West Yorkshire for over 20 years where he is now an associate. Mick served as BDA Chair from 2014 to 2020. He also served on BDA’s Representative Body and was Chair of the LDC Conference in 2010. He is currently Chair of the World Dental Federation’s Dental Practice Committee.
Mick Armstrong wearing a brown suit and checked shirt.

Get in touch

For further information about the Committee please contact: [email protected].