We are calling on government in all four of the UK countries to commit to an overarching oral health strategy, and for action on key fronts that is limiting dentistry's ability to deliver on prevention.
A National Programme: End the patchwork of provision by supporting a truly national programme to tackle decay among children.
Contracts: Deliver an NHS contract system that rewards prevention.
Funding: Provide a fair funding settlement to make NHS dentistry viable.
Brexit: Guarantee the stability and sustainability of dentistry as the UK leaves the European Union.
Sugar: Ensure the Soft Drinks Industry Levy marks the beginning - not the end - of action on sugar.
Regulation: Fix a broken system that has failed patients and practitioners.
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
Tell us what you are doing
Many of our members across the UK get involved in National Smile Month and showcase the great work dentistry is doing.
This year, Simon Tiller, a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry is working on an project with Manchester People First a learning disability advocacy group, to test and comment on dental products and how it impacts on their oral health - they will be posting their reviews online.
We'd love to hear about what you and your team are doing for National Smile Month, please get in touch and tell us and we may be able to feature your story on our website.