BASCD is an alliance of individuals with an interest in population oral health, working together to:

  • provide a set of principles for the improvement of oral health and the development of oral health care and promote their dissemination


  • influence policy at international, regional and local level


  • support members widely with training, development, partnership working, networking and advocacy


  • hold, develop and communicate a sound body of knowledge and evidence to facilitate their work

                                                                                                                                             (BASCD AGM, 2007)

This Association includes the following activities and core functions:

Oral Health Improvement: maintaining expert knowledge and expertise on oral health improvement

Epidemiology: measuring oral health and oral health care in communities

Teaching and training: developing teaching and training in relation to population oral health

Research: providing advice on the dental workforce and the configuration of dental services

Services: providing advice on the configuration of dental services, the dental workforce and dental care for, and in, the community

Leadership: develop leadership skills in our members

Resource: acting as a resource for our members on policy, work plans, evidence-base and offering support via the website and "task and functiongroups"

Conference and meetings: holding regular conferences and meetings

 Our members include dentists, social and behavioural scientists, academics and dental care professionals working in Dental Public health, Special Care Dentistry, Salaried Dental Services, universities and organisations concerned with oral and dental health