About Us

The aim of the society is to protect, maintain and improve the oral health of older people.

This is achieved by providing a forum to further knowledge and increase awareness relating to the oral health, dental needs and treatment of older adults.

The society holds two meetings per year when members of various dental specialities and professionals complementary to dentistry come together to consider and exchange information on the oral health care of older adults.

We work with other aligned societies – dental, medical , and others including third sector groups to further these aims

We collaborate  with the Faculty of Dental Surgey at RCSE to  co -fund priming grants for Gerodontology research

We  contribute  to   and comment  on  national guidance relevant to  older people’s health, and oral health/oral care

We engage with the various strands of the dental profession on relevant guidance

We support dental trainees  in dental care for older people

BSG submits a report annually  to the UK Charity Commission ,in line with its charitable  status obligations

BSG has its Annual General Meeting in December of each year, usually after its winter conference


Click here for a short History of The British Society of Gerodontology , and a list of  Past Presidents

Committee Members

Adele Cunningham


Professor Gerry McKenna

BSG Past President 2023
Gerry McKenna
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Centre for Public Health

Mili Doshi

Chair , BSG
Mili qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 2001 and is a Consultant in Special Care Dentistry at Surrey and Sussex Health Care NHS Trust and the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability. Mili has always been very committed to dental training and improving oral health services for adults with disabilities. Mili has a special interest in sedation and general anaesthesia in Special Care dentistry. In 2015, Mili developed the Health Education England national initiative ‘Mouth Care Matters’ to improve the oral health of adults in hospitals that was rolled out across England. Mili is the past president of the British Society of Gerodontology and is the current chair. She is the author of several articles in peer-reviewed journals and is the editor of a book on the oral health of older people. Mili was awarded an MBE in 2018 for service to NHS dentistry

Jodie Bustin


Rebecca Wassall

President-elect, Research Lead BSG
Dr Becky Wassall is a practising clinical specialist and expert in Special Care Dentistry.

Qualified in 2000, she worked across NHS hospital, GP and community dentistry, going on to complete a PhD (2011) and clinical Specialist Training (2019).

As a Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University, she was awarded an NIHR Transitional Research Fellowship to undertake postdoctoral research into the organisation and delivery of person-centred dental services for older people living and dying in care homes.

Her work seeks to celebrate and promote the humanistic aspects of dental care for older people with significant health and care needs while also embracing the opportunities of research and innovation to change everyday practice and improve oral health and wellbeing.

As an enthusiastic and committed teacher she is always willing to share skills, knowledge and practise with more junior colleagues. Under her supervision, two early career researchers have now secured NIHR fellowships within the field of Special Care Dentistry. More recently, she was recognised by the Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University, for her efforts in supporting student’s pastoral and wellbeing needs.

Ros Davies

OHP Lead

Michael Butler

Website Editor

Loraine MacIntyre

Committee Member, DCP Representative

Loraine is a qualified specialist registered dental nurse with many years of experience within the dental profession and is a DCP representative for BSG.

She was part of the original Mouthcare Matters Team ,an initiative to improve the oral health of hospitalised patients through training and education. Currently she is the permanent Mouthcare Lead in an acute Trust, supporting staff and patients with all aspects of mouthcare. With an ageing population within hospital her duties range from presenting training sessions for staff to tracking lost dentures!

Camila Boynton

Sponsorship Secreary

Rakhee Patel

Rakhee is a clinical academic working as a Senior Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant at Kings College London and a Consultant in Dental Public Health at NHS England, London region.

Rakhee completed her master’s in dental public health in 2010 and commenced an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship and Specialist Training post in Dental Public Health training in Bristol / London. In 2014, she was awarded a prestigious NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship Grant and undertook one of the first CTIMP clinical trials in social care, titled ‘Fluoride interventions to prevent dental decay in care home residents: A randomised feasibility study’. She completed this part time, alongside her consultant role. In 2023, Rakhee was awarded a PhD in Health Services Research, and having published and presented the work nationally and internationally, she was awarded the International Association Dental Research (IADR) Geriatric Oral Health Research Prize.
Rakhee has a strong focus on education. She is a specialty training educational supervisor, supervises masters projects and is undergraduate module lead at KCL. Nationally, she is an examiner for the Oversees Registration Examination and the Royal College of Surgeons England Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination, and a member of Specialty Advisory and Dental Public Health National Recruitment Committees.
Rakhee is impact driven, and her chief areas of interest academically and in service are prevention of oral disease, innovation in care delivery and the integration of oral across health and social care for an ageing population.

Kate Mortiboy

STR Representative
Kate graduated from University of Leeds in 2018 and has worked across a variety of community dental services in North Wales and Leicestershire. She has completed a PGCert in Medical and Healthcare Education and has been published in Dental Update and SAAD Digest. She is currently working as a STR in Special Care Dentistry for Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust

Yvonne M. Rooney

Yvonne is the honorary treasurer for the British Society of Gerodontology.

She qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 2008. She is a Consultant in the Department of Sedation and Special Care Dentistry, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London. Yvonne completed her specialty training having worked across community and hospital dental services. In 2015 she completed a Masters in Sedation and Special Care Dentistry with King's College London (KCL). Her MSc project investigated methods of diagnosing dental pain in patients with moderate to severe dementia, and her continued research interest is the oral health of older people. Yvonne is involved in training in special care dentistry and conscious sedation for postgraduate dentists at KCL and special care dentistry specialty registrars. She is the Chair for the Special Care Dentistry Managed Clinical Network for London, is a member of the Specialty Advisory Board for Special Care Dentistry and examiner for the Diploma in Special Care Dentistry in the Royal College of Edinburgh.

Kiran Singh

Kiran currently works as a speciality registrar in Special Care Dentistry in Bristol. Prior to this, she worked as a Dental Officer in the Community Dental Service across the South West of England and completed DCT 1-3 roles in London and Birmingham. Kiran has been published in the British Medical Journal Case Reports, Dental Update and the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry. She is a member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow) and has a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Education. She is passionate about promoting the oral health of older adults as well as addressing their treatment needs.

Thea Dickens

Thea qualified from Leeds Dental Institute in 2016 and is a Specialist in Special Care Dentistry at Sheffield Teaching Hospital Trust. She is committed and enthusiastic in developing services and improving oral health for adults with disabilities across many vulnerable groups. Thea’s current role in Sheffield involves leading a specialist domiciliary service. She also has a special interest in anxiety management for patients, including sedation in combination with CBT

Daniel Gillway

Website Editor
Daniel works in special care dentistry across Oxfordshire in the community dental service. Prior to this he has worked in dental core training posts across London and Surrey, and supported undergraduate students in a clinical tutor role at Kings College London. He has completed a Diploma in special care dentistry at the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh and was awarded a research grant from the British Society of Gerodontology in 2021 to investigate the feasibility of 3D scanning and printing dentures in care homes