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​Private view of Wellcome Collection's 'Teeth' exhibition for MPs and stakeholders

12 July 2018



BDA Chair Mick Armstrong and Yasmin Qureshi MP at Wellcome Collection 'Teeth' exhibition

Members of Parliament, Members of the House of Lords and representatives of dental and oral health organisations were invited to the Wellcome Collection to enjoy a private viewing of their latest exhibition, entitled 'Teeth', on 10 July in London.

The event aimed to showcase dentistry to politicians and stakeholders, via the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Dentistry and Oral Health, to which the BDA provides the secretariat and led on the organisation of this event.



Wellcome Collection's Head of Programmes, James Peto, gave an exclusive tour of the exhibition, which includes a number of fascinating objects from dental history, including 60 objects loaned by the BDA, including a Mayan tooth; an early barber surgeon's chair; 19th century ivory dentures; an air rotor drill from the 1950s, and oral health promotion posters from the 1960s.

The exhibition also looks at dentistry today, featuring a video exploring dental anxiety, with BDA England Community Dental Service Committee Chair Charlotte Waite, talking about treating nervous and anxious dental patients.

After the tour, APPG Chair Sir Paul Beresford MP and BDA Chair Mick Armstrong, addressed the group and reflected on the incredible strides made in the field of dentistry in the past decades, but stressed the important work still lying ahead in terms of reducing oral health inequalities and improving access to NHS dentistry for all.

The exhibition is free to the public and is open until 16th September in London – visit their website for opening times and access information


BDA Museum

The BDA Museum has one of the largest collections of dental heritage in the UK. Spanning the 17th century to the present day, highlights of the collection include dental chairs, drills, oral hygiene products, and the infamous 'Waterloo' teeth!

The Museum is located at 64 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 8YS, find out more details and our opening times.