- To advance research and increase knowledge for the improvement of oral health in the United Kingdom
- To support and represent the oral health research community in the UK
- To encourage young workers, dentally or scientifically qualified, to become involved in oral and dental research
- To facilitate the dissemination and application of research findings relating to oral health and the interactions between oral and systemic health
- To foster the development of international research collaboration through the International Association for Dental Research and its Federations.