Mrs Ajit Tanday BDS, MJDF RCS, Cert Sedation UCL, MPaed Dent RCS, FDS RCS, FHEA

Ajit Tanday

School of Dentistry
Clinical Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry.

Contact details

Institute of Clinical Sciences
The School of Dentistry
5 Mill Pool Way
B5 7EG
United Kingdom

Ajit is a Clinical Associate Professor and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry. at the School of Dentistry in the University of Birmingham. She is module lead for Paediatric Dentistry Undergraduate curriculum. On appointment in 2017, the module was flagged at being at risk by external body (GDC). In a short period of time Ajit, was able to constrictive align the module and embed innovative teaching methods. The module receives “outstanding” feedback and her success is demonstrated by the number of Undergraduate students who are awarded national prizes.

Her research expertise are developing as she focuses on child oral health and prevention interventions. 



  • 2021 Aurora Leadership
  • 2021 Intercollegiate Specialty Fellowship Examination (Paediatric Dentistry), Royal College of Surgeons
  • 2020 Fellow of the High Education Academy
  • 2020 PGCert Academic Practice Merit, University of Birmingham
  • 2015 MPAED Dent, Royal College of Surgeons 
  • 2014 Certificate in Dental Sedation and Pain Management Distinction, University College London
  • 2010 MJDF Royal College of Surgeons
  • 2008 Certificate of Completion of Vocational Training
  • 2007 BDS University of Birmingham 

Awarded Prizes

  • 2020 Learning from Excellence, BCHC
  • 2013 BSPD Clinical Case Prize
  • 2007 Student Cup, University of Birmingham 
  • 2007 The Sands Cox Society Prize for Elective presentation 

Nominated Prizes

  • 2007 Conservative Dentistry Prize
  • 2007  GDP Phase Prize 
  • 2007 The Dentsply Prize for Elective Report  


Ajit qualified in Dentistry from the University of Birmingham in 2007. She was awarded several undergraduate prizes. After completing vocational training and various senior house officer positions, she commenced her specialist training in Paediatric Dentistry at the Eastman Dental Hospital.

Ajit is currently Head of Teaching in Paediatric Dentistry and Safeguarding lead for course. Ajit is responsible for the OSCEs (Objective Structured Clinical Exam) in Paediatric Dentistry for 4th year BDS students. In addition, Ajit supervises BDS students undertaking treatments on clinic and delivers teaching to BDS, Hygiene and Therapy as well as Nursing students. This teaching takes the form of lectures, tutorials, and small-group teaching.

Ajit has also supported undergraduates and postgraduate students in career development. Inspiring many junior dentists to pursue the speciality as a career choice. Actively involved in widening participation and oral health interventions in local schools and with other allied health staff i.e. Health Visitors.

Ajit completed her consultant training in 2021 and was awarded “outstanding trainee” on completion of her training. She is able to provide all aspects of paediatric care and has a specialist interest in the oral rehabilitation of children with hypodontia. This has resulted in her being invited to talk international on the care of this cohort of patients.



As part of her sedation postgraduate course, Ajit conducted a pilot study looking at the effects of Midazolam on paediatric patients. This was presented at the annual DSTG conference. 

She is currently working on a Cochrane review looking at techniques for increasing acceptance of local anaesthetic in children having dental treatment. 

Other activities

  • External Examiner for Leeds Dental School BDS Year 4, 2021 - Current
  • National teaching collaboration lead, 2020 - Current 
  • Trust Safeguarding lead for Children and adolescents, 2018 - Current
  • BSPD West Midlands Branch: Committee member, 2017 – Current
  • Deputy Chair of Paediatric Dentistry MCN West Midlands, 2017 -2018


Anand, P., Lyne, A., Fulton, A.Tanday. Service evaluation of an intravenous sedation service within a hospital paediatric dentistry unit: ten-year results. Br Dent J (2021). DOI: 10.1038/s41415-020-2596-1

Johnston L, Warrilow L, Fullwood I, A.Tanday. Fifteen-minute consultation: oral ulceration in children. Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice Published Online First: 27 May 2021. DOI: 10.1136/archdischild-2021-321597

J.Monteiro, A.Tanday, P.Ashley, A.Petrie, S.Parekh. Current Techniques for increasing acceptance of local anaesthetic in children having dental treatment (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2020, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD011024. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD011024.pub2

C O’Reilly, A.Tanday. The modified transparent crown:different applications for the conventional cellulose acetate anterior crown former. Dental update 2019 46(9):894-897 DOI: 10.12968/denu.2019.46.9.894

J.Monteiro, A.Tanday, P.Ashley, A.Petrie, S.Parekh. Current Techniques for increasing acceptance of local anaesthetic in children having dental treatment (Protocol). Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD011024. DOI:10.1002/14651858.CD011024

P.Ashley, E.Cole, A.Diorio A.Tanday, Prof I Needleman. Elite athletes and oral health: A review. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 2014 (48): 561-562

J. Dhanda, A.Tanday, S.Mumtaz, S.Visram, The impact of modernising medical careers on the basic surgical training (BST) of oral and maxillofacial higher surgical trainees. British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 2011 Jan; 49(1):62-4.

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