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P171 Talking Fluoridation

Speakers:Dr Ray LowryDr Michaela GoodwinDr Barry Cockcroft CBE, BDSProf. Sondos Albadri BDS, PhD, MFDS RCS Eng , MFDS RCS Edinburg, MPaedDent RCS England, FDS (Paed Dent) RCS England, FHEA

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Webinar Details

This webinar aims to raise the profile of community water fluoridation amongst all of the dental team, explaining the evidence base simply and comprehensively. We have experts with extensive knowledge around fluoridation research and the potential impact of schemes across the life course. We also hear from members of the dental team on advocating for the public health measure and how this can make a difference. The 2022 Health and Care Act includes proposals on fluoridation and we describe what these are and next steps.

Learning Outcomes


  • To understand the evidence base around fluoridation
  • To understand the impact on health and health inequality
  • To learn about the benefits for children and adults
  • To be aware of the proposals in the 2022 Health & Care Act and what this may mean for schemes and implementation


On completion of this webinar you will understand and be able communicate the science around community water fluoridation, and the critical role of the dental team in communicating the science-based facts and benefits.

The Speakers

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Dr Ray Lowry

Secretary of the British Fluoridation Society

Ray Lowry, a qualified doctor and dentist, completed formal training in public health and became an NHS consultant in 1990. Until he retired in 2010 he was a senior lecturer in dental public health at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He was on the specialist registers for medical and dental public health and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. He has published over 50 articles in the learned press. He was the training director for public health in the Northern Region and  an examiner for the Faculty of Public Health. He is secretary of the British Fluoridation Society.

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Dr Michaela Goodwin

Lecturer in Dental Public Health & PGR Tutor

Dr Michaela Goodwin is a Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Manchester. She has been primarily involved in research concentrating on a water fluoridation. The latest project was carried out across Cumbria (called the CATFISH study) which is due to be published later this year. Michaela has previously been involved in studies examining both caries and fluorosis prevalence across England and the use of images and remote scoring in these types of epidemiological studies.

Michaela is also involved in projects looking at dental general anaesthetic, child dental health and bedtime routines, behaviour change and dental health.

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Dr Barry Cockcroft CBE, BDS

Chair of the British Fluoridation Society

Barry Cockcroft was born in Monton in Lancashire but moved to the midlands in 1969 where he qualified from Birmingham Dental School in 1973. After one year working in hospital he pursued a career in mainly NHS general dental practice.

He joined his local LDC in 1980 and represented Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull on the General Dental Services Committee of the BDA from 1990 until he joined the Department of Health in 2002. At the time of his move to the DH he was the vice chairman of the GDSC and had just written the section of the Options for Change policy document on how NHS dental services should be reformed.  

Barry initially joined the DH as Deputy CDO and was appointed CDO in 2006.

He retired as CDO in February 2015.

Barry is proud of the fact that he was the first (and to this day only) general dental practitioner to hold the CDO post

He has been awarded honorary fellowships by the University of Central Lancashire, the Faculty of Dental Surgery of England and the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK). He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate in Dental Science by the University of Plymouth.

He was awarded a CBE in the New Year’s honours list in 2010.

Barry has long been an advocate for making greater use of the whole dental team as a way of improving the health of the nation and instigated the production of the evidence based guide to prevention in primary care, Delivering Better Oral Health, the first edition of which was published in 2007.

He joined Mydentist as a Non Executive Director in June 2015 and stepped down in August 2021. He is a member of the Alumni Leadership Mentoring Programme at Birmingham University and was elected Chair of The British Fluoridation Society in 2020.

Away from dentistry Barry is a Non Executive Director of the Diocese of Coventry Multi Academy Trust and is kept busy helping with eight grandchildren.

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Prof. Sondos Albadri BDS, PhD, MFDS RCS Eng , MFDS RCS Edinburg, MPaedDent RCS England, FDS (Paed Dent) RCS England, FHEA

President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry

Sondos is the president of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry. She is a Professor and Honorary consultant in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Liverpool and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She is the vice dean for research and postgraduate studies.  Sondos is a founding member of a Managed Clinical Network for Paediatric Dentistry in Cheshire and Merseyside. Alongside her clinical work she is an active researcher and her research is focused on clinical and patient reported outcomes, health inequalities and behaviour change. Sondos is the academic representative on the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Speciality Advisory Board (SAB) in Paediatric Dentistry. 


June 2022