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Better oral health for Northern Ireland

BDA Northern Ireland five-point plan for better oral health in Northern Ireland.



​Deliver a new oral health strategy

Northern Ireland has the worst oral health inequalities in the UK. The ten-year old oral health strategy needs an urgent update.


​Real action on sugar

Sugar is fuelling an avoidable epidemic of decay. It is time for real action on the marketing, education and taxation of sugary drinks and snacks. 


​Efficient and effective regulation

Dental regulation is costly, time-consuming, and unfocused; patients and dentists deserve better. 


​Cut red tape

Dentists are bogged down with bureaucracy that doesn't benefit patients and causes huge delays.


​Plan for the future

With ever-growing demand, let's ensure Northern Ireland is training the dental professionals needed. It's time for dedicated workforce planning and contracts that are fit for the future.​


What is the BDA doing?

BDA Norther​n Ireland regularly meets with the Department of Health and other stakeholders to lobby and raise awareness of the issues facing dentists in Northern Ireland and the impact on their patients. 

The DoH has established two ‘Oral Health Options Groups’ looking at Children’s and Elderly oral health, on which BDA has significant representation.

These groups will be meeting over February and March of 2021. It is hoped that the level of need can be demonstrated, wide ranging recommendations for improvements can be made and additional funding can be secured for these vital areas of care.

Find out more about our latest work in our blogs.


Keeping up-to-date

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About the BDA Northern Ireland 

Through policy and campaigning work, BDA Northern Ireland is able to ensure that the concerns of all sections of the profession are raised and that dentists' voices are heard at a national level. Join us.​