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BDA Manifesto 2017: Putting prevention first

During the 2017 General Election, we urged dentists to lobby potential candidates on putting prevention first in dentistry.

Putting Prevention First - BDA Manifesto 2017 

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 want to unlock that unrealised potential.


During the 2017 General Election, we called on all parties to commit to an overarching oral health strategy, and for action on sic key fronts that limit the service's ability to deliver on this vital agenda.

We call on government to:


  1. A National Programme End the patchwork of provision by supporting a truly national programme to tackle decay among children.

  2. Contracts Deliver an NHS contract system that rewards prevention.

  3. Funding Provide a fair funding settlement to make NHS dentistry viable.

  4. Brexit Guarantee the stability and sustainability of dentistry as the UK leaves the European Union.

  5. Sugar Ensure the Soft Drinks Industry Levy marks the beginning - not the end - of action on sugar.

  6. Regulation Fix a broken system that has failed patients and practitioners.


​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.


We campaign on a range of issues affecting dentists and dentistry today. We make sure that dentists' views are represented when it comes to health policy being developed by government and other key organisations: join us.