British Dental Association
British Dental Association
About the BDA

The British Dental Association is the professional association and trade union for dentists in the UK. We have over 18,000 qualified members, the majority of the profession, and over 3,500 student members. The BDA develops policies to represent dentists working in every sphere, from general practice, through community and hospital settings, to universities and the armed forces.
This section of our site gives you some background on our main aims and objectives and how we are working towards achieving them.
In this site, you will find information on BDA People (senior elected officers and staff) and committees, our national offices and our network of branches and sections, providing local meetings and support for members.
You will also find information on jobs available at the BDA.
British Dental Association
64 Wimpole Street
tel: 020 7935 0875
fax: 020 7487 5232

What is the BDA?
With over 20,000 members, the British Dental Association is the largest professional association for dentists in the UK. The BDA represents dentists in all fields, from the high street to hospitals, from research to community clinics, and from armed forces to universities.
What we do
The BDA aims to get the best for its members, both in terms of practical help through services and products and by ensuring it is a national player in the development of healthcare policy. It provides its members with legal, health and safety and educational advice as well as influencing government policy in each of the UK's four nations.
History of the BDA
While dentistry can be traced back to 5000BC, the history of the BDA is slightly more modest. Founded in 1880, the British Dental Association was initially set up to monitor the new Dentists Act of 1879, primarily to ensure that the interests of qualified dentists were taken care of. Once the anomalies of this act were taken care of in the 1920s, and practising dentistry while unregistered or unqualified was outlawed, the BDA was able to settle into the role that it still has today - that of promoting the interests of its members, advancing the science, arts and ethics of dentistry and improving the nation's health.
Where we are
The BDA has offices in central London, Perth, Cardiff and Belfast.
Contact us
You can contact us by post at:
64 Wimpole Street
London W1G 8YS
BDA Scotland
4 Atholl Place
Perth PH1 5ND
BDA Northern Ireland
The Mount
2 Woodstock Link
Belfast BT6 8DD
BDA Wales
4th Floor
2 Caspian Point
Caspian Way
Cardiff Bay CF10 4DQ
By telephone on: 020 7935 0875
Or by email at:
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