Dr Ian Mills

Dr Ian Mills

Honorary Associate Professor

Faculty of Health

Ian can be contacted through arrangement with our Press Office, to speak to the media on these areas of expertise.
  • Dentistry
  • Primary care dentistry

Dental surgeon with over 30 years experience across a wide range of dental disciplines including general dental practice, secondary care, education and research. Currently a partner at Torrington Dental Practice, Honorary Associate Professor at Peninsula Dental School and Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK ).


PhD               Doctor of Philosophy, Peninsula College of Medicine & Dentistry (2018)

FHEA              Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

MJDF RCS          Membership of Joint Dental Faculties, Royal College of Surgeons of England (2013)

MFDS RCPS (Glasg)  Membership of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2013)

FDS RCPS (Glasg)    Fellowship of the Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow (2013)

FFGDP (UK)         Fellowship of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (2012)

Adv Cert Imp Dent   Certificate in Advanced Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of England (2008)

Dip Imp Dent RCS   Diploma in Implant Dentistry, Royal College of Surgeons of England (2008)

BDS              Bachelor of Dental Surgery, University of Glasgow (1987) 

Professional membership

Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)

Faculty of Dental Surgery, Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

College of General Dentistry 

British Dental Association

Association of Dental Implantology

British Society for Oral and Dental Research

International Association for Dental Research

Roles on external bodies

2018 – 2021       Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)

2018 – date       Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England

2018 – date       Trustee of the College of General Dentistry

2013 – date       Examiner for the Fellowship of FGDP (UK)

2013 – 2016       Chair of Examinations of FGDP (UK) at Royal College of Surgeons of England

2015 – date       National Representative on Care Quality Commission Dental Review Group

2006 – 2018       Elected Representative on General Dental Practice Committee of the BDA

1998 – date       Elected Representative on Devon Local Dental Committee

Current committees include:

Joint Committee of Postgraduate Training in Dentistry

COVID-19 National Stakeholders Group

COVID-19 Forward Planning Group for Dentistry

Advancing Dental Care Stakeholders Group

Improving Oral Health in Children & Young People with Additional Needs 

Oversight Committee for Delivering Better Oral Health

Teaching interests

2018 - 21 Partial sabbatical from teaching in view of role as Dean of FGDP(UK)

Previously contributed to undergraduate training as:

  • Clinical Supervisor for final year dental students
  • EBL Facilitator(3rd year dental students)
  • Workshop lead on Shred Decision Making for dental students
  • Honorary Lecturer delivering plenaries on variety of topics 

Research interests

Focus on primary care based research with particular experience in the use of qualitative methods:

Research interests in:

  • Person-centred care in general dental practice
  • Shared decision making
  • Environmental sustainability with particular focus on waste management in general dental practice 


1.  Mills, I. J.  Equality and Leadership in Dentistry - Primary Dental Journal (2020), accepted for publication (due to be published September 2020)

2.   Trivedy, C., Mills, I. J., Dhanoya, O.   Impact of covid-19 on BAME members of the dental profession – Br Dent J. (2020) – accepted for publication (publication date 26 June, 2020)

3.   Wilson, Nairn HF, and Ian J. Mills. Dentistry: Time for a New Meaning? Primary Dental Journal 9.1 (2020): 19-20.

4.   Mills I. J. A never event case scenario – BDJ Accepted for publication April 2020  

5.   Mills I. J. A never event case scenario – BDA Indemnity supplement, February 2020

6.  Bartlett, D., Dattani, S., Mills, I. et al. Monitoring erosive toothwear: BEWE, a simple tool to protect patients and the profession. Br Dent J 226, 930–932 (2019).

7.  Robinson, P., Anwar, S., Boards, R., Charles, D., Clarkson, J., Cowan, K., Daly, B., Delaney, P., Dhanoya, O., Deery, C., Glenny, A-M., Godson, J., Hurley, s., Lin, y., McEachan, R., Mills, IJ., Moazzez, R., Pacey, E., Pavitt, S. Research priorities for oral and dental health: A UK priority setting partnership with the James Lind Alliance. IADR Accepted for Publication 2019

8.  Mills IJ. Through the patient’s eyes – the importance of person-centred care in oral cancer. Br Dent J. 2018 Nov 9;225(9) 889–891

9.  Grose J, Burns L, Mukonoweshuro R, Richardson J, Mills I, Nasser M, Moles D. Developing sustainability in a dental practice through an Action Research approach. Br Dent J. 2018 Sept 14;225(5) 409–413

10. Mills IJ. A person-centred approach to holistic assessment. Primary Dental Journal. 2017 Aug 31;6(3):18-23.

11. Mills IJ, Barker S, Renton T. The importance of recording mental health history–a case report. Dental Update. 2017 Nov 2;44(10):922-34.

12. Tanja-Dijkstra K., Pahl S., White M.P., Andrade J., May J., Stone R.J., Mills I., Auvray M., Moles D.R. The soothing sea: A virtual coastal walk can reduce experienced and recollected pain. Environment and Behavior Volume 50 Issue 6, July 2018.

13. Grose J, Richardson J, Mills I, Moles D, Nasser M. Exploring attitudes and knowledge of climate change and sustainability in a dental practice: A feasibility study into resource management. Br Dent J. 2016 Feb 26;220(4):187-91. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.136.

14. Richardson J, Grose J, Manzi S, Mills I, Moles DR, Nasser M, Nichols A. What's in a bin: A case study of dental clinical waste composition and potential Green House Gas emission savings. Br Dent J. 2016 Jan 22;220(2):61-6. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2016.55.

15. Mills I, Frost J, Kay E, Moles DR. Person-centred care in dentistry--the patients' perspective. Br Dent J. 2015 Apr 10;218(7):407-12; discussion 413. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2015.248

16.  Mills I., Frost, J., Moles D.R., Cooper C., Kay, E.J. Patient-Centred Care in General Dental Practice – A Systematic Literature Review BMC Oral Health.2014, 14:64 DOI: 10.1186/1472-6831-14-64

17. Tanja-Dijkstra, K., Pahl, S., White, M.P., Andrade, J., May, J., Stone, R.J., Bruce, M., Mills, Auvray, M., Gabe, R., Moles, D.R. Can virtual nature improve patient experiences and memories of dental treatment? A study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 03/2014; 15(1):90. DOI:10.1186/1745-6215-15-90

18. Kay, E.J., Mills I., Tredwin, C., Lambe, P., Nassani, M. Comparison of Utility Weighted DMFT with Patient Reported Oral Wellbeing. Journal of Oral Rehabilitation. 12/2013; DOI:10.1111/joor.12117

19. Mills I., Frost, J., Moles D.R., Kay, E.J. Patient-Centred Care – Sound Sense or Sound Bite? Br Dent J. 2013 Jul;215(2):81-5. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2013.68

20. Mills I, Batchelor P. Quality indicators: the rationale behind their use in NHS dentistry. Br Dent J. 2011 Jul 8;211(1):11-5. doi: 10.1038/sj.bdj.2011.521