Professor Liz Kay is the new president of the Oral Health Foundation.

She will take on the role for a full two-year term with immediate effect, combining her presidency with her role as Foundation Dean of Peninsula Dental School in Plymouth.

Professor Kay brings with her to the role vast experience and expertise across the dental profession, where she has striven to further the knowledge and education of thousands of dental students during her 35 years within the profession.

During this time she has also played a key role in oral health promotion, where she has acted as an oral health expert for The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Professor Kay commented on how proud she was on her appointment: 'I have supported the Oral Health Foundation for very long time and I am honoured to be elected President. I believe my appointment comes at a time of transition for oral health.

'I sense real possibility of an important shift in the profile of oral disease; it’s possible we are on the cusp of recognising oral health as a window to the rest of the body, a predictor of future general ill health.

'This will be a key time for the Oral Health Foundation, where its role in raising awareness of the importance of oral health will really come to the fore, I hope to see this during my time as president.

'I am really looking forward to working more closely with a fantastic Board of Trustees and I will strive to serve the organisation well.'

The Oral Health Foundation have also released their Impact Report for the last year, outlining the work and achievements of the organisation.

The full report, which is available to download from the charities website, which included significant growth of campaigns like National Smile Month and continued strength in providing educational resources.