The British Fluoridation Society appoints new Council Member

Aiman TahirThe British Fluoridation Society (BFS) is pleased to announce Aiman Tahir is joining its Council.

Aiman graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2020. She completed her foundation training and is currently working in community dentistry as a Dental Core Trainee in the West Midlands.

Miss Tahir is a member of her Local Dental Committee (LDC) in the West Midlands and also devotes her time to mentoring prospective and current dental students, alongside being an ambassador for the Mentors4Dentists network.

Describing her appointment to the BFS Council, Miss Tahir said: “We know that dental caries disproportionately affects those from a lower socioeconomic background.

“If through a simple measure like water fluoridation, we are able to reduce the inequality in dental health, then it should be a priority for everyone.  I have been fortunate to practise in a fluoridated area and see the benefits of water fluoridation first hand.

“The recent support from the Chief Medical Officers is positive and will hopefully be reflected in the Health and Care Bill. I am looking forward to joining the BFS Committee and playing an active role in advocating water fluoridation. It is important that we continue to engage students and newly qualified dentists in this effort.”

Aiman Tahir’s appointment follows Philip Martin BDS MDPH, who joined the BFS Executive Committee in August.

Welcoming Miss Tahir, Dr Barry Cockcroft CBE and BFS chair, said: “It’s crucially important for us to connect with young professionals joining the dentistry community and I’m delighted to welcome Aiman on behalf of the BFS Executive Committee.

“She joins us at an important time. The Society is gearing up to support the Government’s increased focus on getting new fluoridation schemes over the line in the UK, which means we need the dental profession to show its collective support, and today’s generation of new dentists can help by supporting the BFS and championing community water fluoridation in our local communities.”