• To promote the oral health of disabled people of all ages.
  • To promote links with organisations representing disabled people
  • To consult with disability groups to identify their needs and demands
  • To study the barriers relating to the provision of oral health care for disabled people
  • To develop Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching in the subject
  • To encourage research in the field of oral health for disabled people


The society holds two scientific meetings each year. The winter meeting is held in London in December; the spring meeting is held at various locations throughout the UK. Meeting programmes cover a wide range of topics, behavioural and social as well as clinical. The society has over 600 members (including more than 100 in Category A). BSDH has group membership of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (IADH) which means that members of BSDH automatically join IADH.

The Society's official publication is the Journal of Disability and Oral Health which is published quarterly in March, June, September and December, in print and online (www.jdohonline.org) and includes a Continuing Professional Development Programme. Subscription to the Journal and access to the online version is included in the BSDH membership fee.

The Society works with other organisations to raise awareness of the barriers to oral health which may be experienced by different groups. If you are or are a carer of a person with a disability who has had difficulty obtaining dental care in the United Kingdom click here.

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