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Essential membership

Resources and peace of mind to face dentistry’s challenges

Expert advice

Whenever you need help, log in to read our expert advice on everything from associate contracts to tax. Written by solicitors, barristers and HR experts who live and breathe dentistry, we know your world and will help you through it.

If and when things go wrong, we’ll help with mediation for associateship disputes between members to avoid costly adversarial litigation. We know how important relationships are in a small profession like yours.

Associate contract checking

We'll review and provide advice on your associate contract to make sure it's appropriate and legally sound. Paying for this advice from a high street law firm could set you back £1000 – plus they won’t know dentistry.

In the CDS?

Find out more about the CDS support on offer.

Essential CPD

Joining as a member gets you access to 200 hours of CPD per year to show your commitment to professionalism. Earn, track and manage your learning in our CPD hub.

Enjoy access to the BDJ portfolio and Europe’s largest dental library.

Learn together

If you prefer something more interactive, get discounts on our events: training days, lecture-based seminars, practical hands-on workshops, multi-speaker conferences, and live evening webinars.

Connect with colleagues through a branch or section event happening near you.

Keep up to date

Join your peers and colleagues enjoying the BDJ twice a month and stay up to date with what's happening in dentistry around the UK with BDJ In Practice and regular newsletters.

Looking after the people that matter

If you, your spouse or a dependant need counselling or emotional support, call Health Assured whenever you need it. You can access the confidential helpline 24/7, 365 days a year. You’re not alone.

The support of your trade union

We represent dentistry to governments and the regulator. Activism isn't for everyone but lending your support just by being a part of the BDA means we have a louder voice: Together, we're stronger.


For £43.33 per month

The minimum membership period is 12 months, and you can choose to pay annually, quarterly or monthly.
Learn more about our fees.

Choose Essential

We're delighted that you want to join us! If you are new to the BDA and our website, you will need to register with us and confirm your email as a first step in the join process. If you already have a user account, you can head straight to My BDA to set up your membership of choice.

Want to join over the phone?

For membership queries or to join over the phone please call: 020 7563 4550. We may record telephone conversations to offer you additional security, resolve complaints, for regulatory compliance and to improve our service standards. Conversations may also be monitored for staff training purposes. You will be alerted to this when you call.
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Benefits at a glance

Compare and contrast our three main membership plans - Essential, Extra and Expert - to find the right choice for you.
BDA membership benefits of Essential, Extra and Expert at glance