The British Fluoridation Society appoints new Committee Member

17 August 2021
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The British Fluoridation Society (BFS) is pleased to announce Philip Martin BDS MDPH is joining its Executive Committee.

Philip is a dental surgeon with more than 40 years’ experience. After acquiring his first practice in 1990, he now owns and operates several dental practices in Leicester.

He qualified as a general dental practitioner at the University of Liverpool and has mentored many young graduates through their first year in dentistry as a foundation dentist (FD) trainer. In addition to working in general dental practice, Philip has been a clinical advisor to the Health Service Ombudsman since 2012.

An active member of British Dental Association (BDA), Philip has served as both president and chair of the East Midland branch. He is a long standing member of Leicestershire Local Dental Committee (LDC), having previously served as chair, and represented both Leicestershire and Northampton on the General Dental Practice Committee of the BDA for two terms.

He has also undertaken a part-time role as a clinical assistant in orthodontics, to complete a Master’s in Dental Public Health.

Welcoming Philp, Barry Cockcroft CBE and BFS chair, said, “This is an exciting time to be joining the BFS Executive Committee. I am delighted to welcome Philip to the team. He brings a wealth of expertise and experience to the organisation.

“The White Paper announced earlier this year, and the subsequent Health Bill currently in Parliament, has the potential to lead the way for new legislation that will aid the introduction of much-needed water fluoridation schemes that will help us to tackle avoidable dental health inequalities in the UK.”

Describing his appointment to the BFS, Philip said, “I very much look forward to working with all my Committee colleagues to advance the work of the BFS. In 2013, non-fluoridated Leicester was the worst place in England for dental decay in five-year-olds – a situation which has improved only slightly.

“Consequently, I am very aware of the damage dental caries cause to our children. Community water fluoridation is the most effective way to reduce this burden of suffering and improving the oral health of our population.”

For more information on the BFS, go to https://bfsweb.org/.