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Prevention is better than cure –

Discussing the public health burden of oral health diseases and health inequalities

Monday 27th January 2020, 7:00 to 8:30pm

House of Commons, Westminster, London

Special Guest speaker Jo Churchill MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

Why is oral health isolated from traditional health care and policy discussions when it is the third most expensive health condition behind diabetes and cardiovascular disease?

Despite being largely preventable, dental diseases places a significant burden on the NHS. There were 102,663 hospital admissions due to tooth decay among children aged under ten between April 2015 and March 2018.

An expert panel, including politicians, policy makers and clinicians debated this vital topic.


Panel Speakers:

  • Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer, England

  • Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive, Oral Health Foundation

  • Harriet Wolfe, Managing Director and Principal, Seahorse Nursery, Wimbledon Park

The meeting was co-chaired by Dr Sejal Bhansali (Chair, Conservative Dentists) and Professor Roger Williams CBE (Chair, Conservative Health)

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