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Starting out 

Starting out in dentistry? Leaving dental school? About to complete your dental foundation training? We know that the first few years in dentistry after graduating can be some of the most challenging of your career, which is why we have put together the following support. 

Career advice ​

The BDA offers online advice to associates, from template contracts to further study guidance.

Useful tips on ensuring you make the right impression with your CV, i​n addition to advice on applications and interviews.

Got a new job? An associate contract review service​ is FREE for BDA members who are 

associates, in relation to their own contracts. Email your contract to:​​

Checkout our suite of advice videos ​ranging from advice o​n careers in NHS dentistry to working abroad.

Checkout our Guide to dental specialty training.

​Events and CPD​ iLearn webcasts

A variety of learning opportunities where you can earn CPD are available. 

We offer events from seminars to training courses, online courses and more. 

Members receive discount our professional development portfolio. 

Members receive free access to iLearn webcasts from the 2017 core CPD lecture package

FDs/VDPs can also receive access to a free iLearn on Oral Surgery.​

Branches and sections / Young dentist group​

Get involved with dentistry at a local level. 



Our young dentist blog gives insider tips on careers and tricky clinical areas, plus much more. With articles written specifically for newly-qualified dentists, by other young dentists who've been through it.

Into practice app Into Practice app

Beginning your career in dentistry? 

Our app is designed to ensure you have a smooth and successful transition from dental foundation training to working in a dental practice.

The app is free for BDA members.


Members receive copies of the BDJ (the official journal of the BDA) and BDJ In Practice. If you're searching for a job not only are they posted in the BDJ, but also listed online on BDJ Jobs and BDJ Marketplace.

Money matters 

LLoyd & Whyte Lloyd and Whyte offer specialist insurance and financial services to BDA members. 

Special offer: Buy Income Protection from Lloyd and Whyte and get £60 off your BDA membership renewal.* Obtain a quote today.​

*Terms and conditions apply. See Lloyd and Whyte website​ for full details.

What members say

Unsure about joining? See what our members say about membership.


Members are at the heart of everything we do. ​Learn about some of the issues we ​have campaigned on.


Join your professional association and take advantage of all the benefits outlined above and more.

NEW: If you're a student member for a full 12 months before graduating, you can take advantage of our newly qualified rate.

Essential membership is reduced for you from £390 to £150, meaning you pay just £12.50 a month or less than 45p a day!​

To join at this rate, contact the Membership Team​ or call 020 7935 0875.


Visiting the BDA

For the 2017/18 dental foundation training year, the BDA and Dental Protection will once again be teaming up and inviting schemes to a free training session at their central London offices.*

In brief: The sessions cover a variety of topics from contracts advice, to NHS regulations. 
​For more details and to book a visit, contact Aimee Quinquenel, Marketing Executive at ​/ 0207 563 4188. 

*Offsite visits can be discussed.​​


Video: Why get involved with your professional association?


Still a student?

Still a student? Check out our dedicated student section where you can also find information about what to expect in your foundation or vocational training year.

Also checkout BDJ Student for useful articles and information.

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