3 February 2017

‘Inadequate, unfair and discriminatory HPV vaccination programme is putting millions of lives at risk’ – says charity

  • UK HPV vaccination programme currently discriminates against men and will be responsible for failing to slow down the current rise of mouth cancer cases.
  • Girls aged 12-13 have received the HPV vaccination since 2008 under the cervical cancer programme but the virus is also responsible for mouth, penile and anal cancers, in addition to genital warts.
  • Mouth cancer rates have risen my almost 300% in the UK over the last 30 years and latest projections suggesting further increases up until 2035 and beyond. 
  • To coincide with World Cancer Day, the Oral Health Foundation wants to highlight the deep inequality in current UK vaccination programme while urging the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) to take action with immediate effect.

Leading health charity, the Oral Health Foundation, have reiterated their call for the urgent introduction of a gender-neutral HPV vaccination in the UK in order to stop a rapid increase in mouth cancer cases.

Mouth cancer rates in the UK have risen by almost 300% percent within the last three decades1 and are predicted to rise by more than a third again before 2035.

The charity believes an increase in human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is responsible for the alarming rise and have branded the UK’s current HPV vaccination programme as inadequate, unfair and discriminatory against males and putting millions of lives at risk.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, said: “For far too long men have been excluded from being provided a simple and potentially lifesaving HPV vaccine and this will undoubtedly contribute to the enormous increase in mouth cancer cases.

“Girls have been offered a HPV vaccination though schools to protect against cervical cancer for almost a decade now and it has saved countless lives; the debate around a gender-neutral vaccination has continued for almost this long with no conclusion.

“A decision on a gender-neutral vaccination has been repeatedly and unfairly delayed by the government; every year this wait goes on it means hundreds and thousands of boys miss out on receiving a potentially lifesaving vaccination and remain unprotected from the most common sexually transmitted infection in the world.

“Mouth cancer cases have rocketed to more than 7,500 cases each year in the UK over recent years and claims more than twice as many lives than testicular and cervical cancer combined, this cannot be allowed to continue.

“We urge everybody to join our call for an urgent decision on a gender-neutral HPV vaccination in the UK to be made, if we allow for the current programme to continue as it will continue to contribute to more and more cases of mouth cancer and more and more people losing their lives unnecessarily.”

HPV is spread to the mouth via oral sex; HPV can also be responsible for causing cervical, vaginal, penile and anal cancer as well as genital warts.

It is estimated that it will cost about £20-24 million per year to extend the current UK HPV vaccination programme to include school age boys in the UK. In comparison, treatment of HPV-related genital warts in men alone in the UK is estimated to be more than £32m a year, there are potentially enormous savings to be made by the NHS through the introduction of a gender-neutral vaccine.

Peter Baker, HPV Action Campaign Director, said: “A decision to vaccinate boys as well as girls against HPV is now long overdue. Boys in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Israel and the United States are offered the vaccine and the Italian government has just decided to do the same. It’s unacceptable that boys in the UK are being left behind and exposed to the virus that causes 5% of all cancers worldwide.”

The charity has made their appeal ahead of World Cancer Day 2017 this Saturday [4th February]. A day dedicated to uniting millions of people in the global fight against cancer.

World Cancer Day is your chance to reflect on what you can do to fight cancer, explore what you – as an individual or collective – can do to help reduce the global burden of cancer. Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to act to reduce the impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities.

Find out more about World Cancer Day at

17 November 2016


Mouth Cancer Action takes fight to the House of Commons

The House of Commons was tinged with blue yesterday [15 November] as hundreds of people attended an event in support of November’s Mouth Cancer Action Month.

The event was attended by those personally affected by mouth cancer, Members of Parliament, the dental and wider health profession and supporters and campaigners of mouth cancer action. All who came together to add their collective voice to the ongoing fight against one of the UK’s most increasingly prominent cancers.

At the start of proceedings President of the Oral Health Foundation, Janet Goodwin, was presented with the new presidential chain by honorary lifetime President Daniel Davis.

Dr Nigel Carter OBE, CEO of the Oral Health Foundation, spoke at the event about the increase in mouth cancer cases in recent years and how important Mouth Cancer Action Month is in bringing the issue to a wide audience: “In the UK, more than 7,500 people are diagnosed with mouth cancer each year, that is why every year we try to raise public awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of this truly awful disease.

“Mouth Cancer Action Month is an important opportunity to raise vital public awareness of the disease and potentially catch many hundreds of cases in the future before it is too late.

Esteemed keynote speaker Professor Michael Lewis PhD, Dean of the School of Dentistry at Cardiff University, addressed the attending dignitaries highlighting the importance of urgent mouth cancer action.

Professor Lewis drew attention to the emerging trends in mouth cancer, including the growing evidence that more women and younger people are being diagnosed with the disease. He also highlighted that size does indeed matter when it comes to mouth cancer, as a patient’s survival chance is often based upon when thier case is diagnosed, showing that early diagnosis significantly improves a patient’s prognosis.

He also called upon everybody to add their support to the important campaign for a gender-neutral HPV vaccination which has the potential to save thousands of lives lost to mouth cancer in the future.

Mouth Cancer Action Month, organised by the UK’s leading oral health charity, Oral Health Foundation, gave special thanks to the Rt. Hon. Sir Paul Beresford MP, for giving them the platform to bring their important fight to the heart of the UK government. Sir Beresford officially opened the event and appealed for the support of his fellow MP’s in the ongoing battle with mouth cancer.

Those in attendance also heard from Denplan’s Head of Professional Support Services, Dr Catherine Rutland, who focused on the need for dental professionals to encourage discussion and open dialogue with their patients about the risks of mouth cancer.

Dr Rutland said: “Cancer can be an emotional and difficult subject to talk about, but the tools we give dentists during Mouth Cancer Action Month can be used throughout the year to help broach this subject. As dentists, we are in a unique position to send out the message of prevention year-round.”

Sarah Bradbury of Dentists’ Provident and Alison Reid, a member of the Association of Dental Groups, also addressed the room in support of the month-long campaign.

Mouth Cancer Action Month is an annual charity campaign which raises awareness of mouth cancer and aims to make a difference by saving thousands of lives through early detection and prevention.

Throughout November it aims to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education on the risk factors and signs and symptoms while encouraging everybody to discuss them with their friends, family and health professionals.

If you have not done so yet there is still time to pledge your support to the campaign and take part in Mouth Cancer Action Month, visit to sign up now. Your support of the campaign is vital in spreading potentially lifesaving information about this terrible disease. Find out how to get involved at



Charities come together to show support for cancer sufferers

28 October 2016

The Oral Health Foundation have teamed up with The Swallows Head & Neck Cancer Support Group to provide support and information for carers and survivors at The North of England Head & Neck Cancer Conference.

The two charities are coming together for the conference on Friday November 11 at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool.

During the event Dr Chet Trivedy, Trustee of the Oral Health Foundation, will be offering oral health checks with a visual mouth cancer examination1 to help raise awareness and knowledge of the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer.

Speaking on the event Dr Trivedy said: “Many of the people at the event will have had first-hand experience of living with the effects of head and neck cancer and understand the major impact that it can have on people even when they beat this terrible disease.

“Mouth cancer can affect the most basic elements of people lives by contributing to major problems with breathing, swallowing, eating and drinking. The ability of people to speak can also be dramatically affected and even lost.

“It goes far beyond physical problems too, as these issues can contribute to depression, difficulties with communication, low self-esteem, social isolation and even severely impact on relationships.

“This event will be taking place in the middle of Mouth Cancer Action Month, an annual campaign organised by the Oral Health Foundation to raise awareness of the signs, symptoms and causes of mouth cancer.

“Mouth cancer is one of the few types of the disease which is increasing in incidence and mortality rates and having the ability to reach out to the public at events like this to spread messages of awareness is vital in addressing the continuing effects of mouth cancer.

“We are delighted to be attending the event and supporting The Swallows support group as they continue their excellent work.”

Chairman of The Swallows support group, Chris Curtis, spoke about the aims of the event: “At the event we will be showing our support for cancer survivors and challenging them to try and achieve more in spreading awareness of head and neck cancers.

“This is important as when it comes to mouth cancer an early diagnosis can dramatically increase the chances of a positive outcome. Being able to identify the signs and symptoms of the disease and quickly could mean the difference between surviving or not.

“We want people to understand that anybody can get mouth cancer, although traditionally linked with smoking and drinking to excess one of the key reasons that cases are increasing is the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This is something which most people will have at some stage of their lives so it is important that everybody knows the risks.

“This event also offers an excellent selection of world renowned speakers2,3 who will be aiming to inspire attendees to spread awareness of survivorship.

“With incidences of mouth cancer rising by a third in the last decade alone our work is becoming even more important, by coming together with the Oral Health Foundation during Mouth Cancer Action Month we hope to reach more people than ever before.”

If you are interested in attending The North of England Head & Neck Cancer Conference, please visit for more information.

26 April 2016

Educational Resources are key to a successful National Smile Month


National Smile Month organisers the Oral Health Foundation are encouraging dental care professionals to get ready for the campaign and support the charity by getting hold of their exclusive educational resources.  National Smile Month is the UK’s largest and longest-running campaign to promote good oral health. Together, with thousands of individuals and organisations, National Smile Month highlights key messages all of which go a long way in helping deliver better oral health for all.  With this year’s campaign due to start on 16 May the charity wants to remind all dental and healthcare professionals to support their important work by purchasing patient and campaign materials through their online store.

Director of Educational Resources, Amanda Oakey, explained why healthcare professionals should get involved in National Smile Month and how they can get the most out of the charity’s campaigns tools and products:

“At the Oral Health Foundation we are determined to improve oral health in the UK. Not only do our educational resources play a significant role in communicating, educating and motivating patients towards developing and maintaining better oral health but the funds raised through them enable us to achieve our charitable goals.  With your help and hard work we are able to get important messages to individuals and communities who are often disadvantaged, vulnerable and more at risk of oral disease.  Last year more than 4,000 organisations took part in the National Smile Month and supported us by purchasing our resources. This year we want the campaign to go even further and are appealing for your help in reaching even more people.  We have educational resources available to suit every budget and needs and all of the proceeds contribute directly to providing better oral health for all.”

The Oral Health Foundation is an independent charity which relies on the support of the dental and healthcare community. By purchasing products through their store they are able to achieve their key charitable goals.  The money raised through educational resources is very important:

  • £1 allows them to print resources which can be displayed in a dental practice and spread awareness of oral health.
  • £5 pays for them to process the registration of one of the fantastic dental practices who support National Smile Month. Allowing the impact of the campaign to really reach the heart of local communities.
  • £10 allows for one of their expert Dental Helpline staff to take a call from a patient in need of urgent oral health advice and support.
  • £25 lets them create and distribute the iconic smileys, which thousands of dental professionals use on social media to support the #MySmileySelfie campaign and spread important oral health messages.
  • £50 gives them the ability to deliver  National Smile Month campaign pack full of essential educational resources, giving a dental practice everything they need to kick start their own event.

“It is the 40th Birthday of National Smile Month this year and to celebrate we have lots of new and exclusive resources to help you join our party,” added Amanda.  “Our Bumper Birthday Pack, for example, is a fantastic resource to bring a smile to everyone’s face and provides you with everything that you could possibly need to communicate important oral health messages to everyone, and have a great time while doing so.”

You can support National Smile Month by registering your interest in the campaign at It only takes two minutes and in return you will receive your free registration pack to set you on your way to joining the campaign.

As an added bonus there are still Red Glitter Smileys to be found in some lucky registration packs. If there is one in your pack then you can join us at the National Smile Month launch party. All you have to do is take a photo of yourself with your Red Glitter Smiley and share it on social media with #MyRedGlitterSmiley.

December 2015

BADN Member Becomes BDHF President

BADN member Janet Goodwin has been inaugurated President of oral health charity the British Dental Health Foundation.

janet goodwinJanet Goodwin with flowers presented to her at the inauguration on behalf of BADN

Ms Goodwin replaces outgoing President Dr Tony Newton having been a trustee of the charity for four years and has contributed immeasurably to its success through, amongst other things, her support of their two major campaigns – National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month.

Having worked in dentistry for more than 40 years Janet brings a wealth of experience to the position of President which will be invaluable as they continue to try and improve the nation’s oral health.

Speaking at her inauguration Ms Goodwin said: “Firstly, I’d like to acknowledge the work done by Tony Newton in leading the board over the last two years.

“Three in ten adults suffer from tooth decay in the UK and although oral health has improved recently that is still far too many. A lot if this can be put down to a perceived lack of accessible information around oral health which leads to misconceptions about what people can expect from their dentist.

“By improving accessibility to quality oral health information we hope to alter this; making visiting the dentist something people don’t worry about and feel safe and comfortable doing by increasing their own knowledge.

“The British Dental Health Foundation is highly regarded as one of the leading voices on oral health in the UK and during my presidency I hope to build upon this and use our position to help influence how the public view their oral health.

“We are facing some major issues in the UK, such as a shortage of NHS dentistry in certain areas of the country and the devastating effect that sugar is having on the public’s teeth. In my new role I hope to draw attention to these areas so that we can make a real difference.

“I am extremely honoured to be elected president of the foundation and confident that in during my tenure we will continue to enhance the publics experience, information and knowledge of important dental issues.

Outgoing President Dr Tony Newton said: “I have really enjoyed my tenure as President and Board Chair of the British Dental Health Foundation, in what has been an incredibly busy period.

“One of the key goals during my presidency has been achieved through the translation of our website into nine additional languages. This has helped to harness the ubiquity of the dental health message in a multi-cultural, global society to help influence oral health globally.

“I will continue to support the charity to my fullest in my continuing work as a trustee.

“I am handing over the Presidency to the capable hands of Janet who will oversee an exciting era in which the foundation looks to review and increase their global identity.”

Janet started working in the dental profession in 1971, and has worked in many different environments ranging from General Practice, Community, Dental Hospital, and further education colleges.

Whilst working at Leeds Dental Hospital as Nurse Manager of both the clinical and educational services Janet gained a degree in Business Management.

As well as serving as President of the British Dental Health Foundation Janet is also Chief Examiner for City and Guilds, Chairman of the DCP Committee for The Faculty of General Dental Practice and a Registration Assessor and Clinical Expert for the General Dental Council.

Janet was the first dental nurse to become a member of the General Dental Council in 2009, she found the role very rewarding and fulfilling in gaining knowledge and understand of governance and regulation.

Janet has been involved with other organisations for a number of years; including The National Examining Board for Dental Nurses as Chairman, Qualifications Manager, and as an examiner. She is also a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and has co-authored a dental nurse text book and had several academic articles published.





25 November 2015

BDIA Dental Showcase awarded ‘Dental Industry Event of the Year’

David Lonergan, Dianne Gettinby and Darran Lacey of the BDIA

David Lonergan, Dianne Gettinby and Darran Lacey of the BDIA

The British Dental Industry Association (BDIA) is celebrating another award after BDIA Dental Showcase 2015 was voted the ‘Dental Industry Event of the Year’ at the inaugural Dental Industry Awards which took place in London on 13 November 2015. The awards were established this year to celebrate excellence and enterprise in the UK dental industry.

The exhibition was among 13 companies honoured by a prestigious independent panel of over 20 of the UK’s leading clinicians and influential industry figures led by renowned private dentist, Dr David Houston.

Dr Houston commented that BDIA Dental Showcase had ‘displayed examples of total delegate satisfaction, an enjoyable event experience via testimonials and continual improvement through the use of surveys and feedback mechanisms that allowed evolution of the experience year on year.’

Dianne Gettinby, BDIA Marketing Manager, commented “We are delighted to have won this award.  We are constantly striving to deliver an enjoyable and engaging experience in which the whole dental team can ask questions, touch and feel products, get to know their suppliers and network with colleagues.   To be recognised in this way by such an expert panel of judges is a great achievement. We look forward to building the event in 2016 and continuing to celebrate all that’s new and exciting within the sector.”

This award brings to an end a successful year for the exhibition in which it also topped the board with readers of both the BDJ and BDJ In Practice, voting it the best advertising campaign for ‘believability’, ‘information value’ and ‘attention getting ability’ in independent Readex Research surveys.

BDIA Dental Showcase 2016 will take place from 6-8 October at ExCeL London. For more information, visit

It’s not too late to get involved in Mouth Cancer Action Month

5 November 2015

Mouth Cancer Action Month is underway and if you have not registered yet then do not fear, it is not too late to get involved and show your support.

The British Dental Health Foundation have made it easier than ever to get involved by making all the resources you need to plan your Mouth Cancer Action Month event available to through their website.

Simply by visiting you can get your hands on all the information you need to support this life saving campaign.

Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter OBE, highlighted how easy it is to get involved in this year’s campaign: “Mouth Cancer Action Month is playing a vital role in helping to reduce the amount of lives lost from the disease and making a difference by positively promoting the values of early detection and prevention.

“The support of the dental profession is vital to achieving this as without your help we simply cannot hope to reach the amount of people required to make a difference. To help you help us we have tried to make it incredibly easy for everyone to get involved.

“Our website is an invaluable resource that offers easy access to posters, sponsorship forms, inspiration for events and educational resources which anyone can use to make their occasion a success.

“If you have not registered yet then don’t worry it’s not too late just everything you need is just a few clicks away.”

Oral Examination Events: Offering free visual oral health examination events for patients or local groups are a great way to support your local community.

It is also a good way to promote awareness of the illness and help develop the goodwill of your practice.

Signs and Symptoms: Early detection is crucial with mouth cancer, it’s vitally important everyone knows the signs and symptoms and they are checked for at every check-up.

Look out for; ulcers which do not heal within three weeks, red and white patches in the mouth, unusual lumps or swellings in the mouth, head and neck area.

Mouth Cancer Action Month is a charity campaign sponsored by Denplan and supported by Dentists’ Provident and the Association of Dental Groups, and aims to get more mouth cancers diagnosed at an early stage by increasing education of the risk factors and signs and symptoms while encouraging everybody to discuss them with their dental professional.

Mouth cancer is one of the UK’s fastest increasing cancers, with cases up by almost 40 per cent in the last decade alone.  Being on the frontline in the fight against mouth cancer, your support and participation remains instrumental in helping us combat a disease which kills more people every year than testicular and cervical cancer combined.

“Survival rates for those with mouth cancer have not improved in the last 20 years, but, as well as offering resources to support your event, our website provides all of the information required which allow everyone to be ‘Mouthaware’ and help to stop Mouth Cancer in its tracks. By spotting mouth cancer early enough, we will give patients the best possible chance to be successfully treated and have a good quality of life.” added Dr Carter.

“Last year, more than 1,500 of you supported Mouth Cancer Action Month by informing patients and local people about this rapidly increasing disease, the benefits of good oral health for our overall health and spreading the message that when mouth cancer is picked up earlier, treatment is more likely to be successful. This year we hope to go even bigger and by making everything available online we can all work together to beat Mouth Cancer.

“We remain enormously thankful and humbled by the continued support shown for an increasingly important cause.”

To support Mouth Cancer Action Month please visit for all the information you need to get involved.

26 June 2015

BDHF hopes to recruit new trustees

Much respected dental charity  BDHF is hoping to recruit volunteers to play a key role in driving it forward into the future.

The British Dental Health Foundation is looking to recruit up to four new people to join its Board of Trustees, which oversees the development and continuing strategy of the charity and its work.

The long-standing charity is devoted to improving people’s lives by reducing the harm caused by oral diseases, many of which are entirely preventable. The charity’s annual campaigns such as National Smile Month and Mouth Cancer Action Month raise important health issues and reach millions of people while its voice on tobacco, alcohol and sugar as well as on the rise of HPV, has had helped form major nationwide health policies.

The charity is looking for a number of trustees with specific skills and experience in financial reporting, marketing, fund raising, social media and education.

Dr Newton says: “We’re looking to recruit new trustees who can become the next generation of governance for an organisation that for over forty years has educated the public, parliament and the media about oral health issues including HPV, tobacco, alcohol, mouth cancer and tooth whitening, as well as the more everyday topics of tooth decay, gum disease and wisdom teeth.

“We particularly encourage interest from those who are looking to become a trustee for the first time, but who might have been put off applying for such a role because of their lack of governance experience: we all have to start somewhere, and we’ll provide all the training you need in return for the relatively small time commitment of between six and ten days a year.

“Having been a trustee of the British Dental Health Foundation on and off for some thirty years, I can tell you that it can be both challenging and hugely rewarding. If you feel you might have something to offer, please do get in touch with us to find out more.”

For more than 40 years the charity has had a reputation for educating, motivating and communicating the importance of good oral health to millions of people, not only throughout the United Kingdom but around the world.

If you are interested in becoming a trustee of the British Dental Health Foundation, a candidate briefing pack containing more information can be found on the charity’s website, where an application form can also be located.

For informal discussions about the role, you can contact the British Dental Health Foundation’s Director of Operations, Sharon Broom by telephone on 01788 539 781 or email

The British Dental Health Foundation is an independent charity (not for profit) dedicated to improving oral health and wellbeing around the world. For more than 40 years they have continued to provide expert, independent and impartial advice on all aspects of oral health directly to those who need it most.

The BDHF work closely with UK and European governments, dental and health professionals, manufacturers, the dental trade, national and local agencies and the public, to achieve their mission of addressing the inequalities which exist in oral health, changing people’s lives for the better.

As a charity, we provide high quality information and oral hygiene products to health professionals everywhere. We have over 7,000 customers from dental surgeries, health centres, hospitals and education centres, offering a range of more than 500 products which offer value and quality to professionals seeking oral health education and motivational materials for their patients and their local community.”

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