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Improving oral health

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 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.


We want:

  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.




Improving oral health across the UK


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​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.

Through our policy and campaigning work, we ensure that the concerns of all sections of the profession are raised and that dentists' voices are heard at a national level.

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