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Professor Blanaid Daly
Professor in Special Care Dentistry and , Dental Science


Professor Blánaid Daly, BA BDentSc FFGDP (UK) PhD FFPHM FHEA

Blánaid Daly qualified from Trinity College Dublin in 1983, and first worked in the Health Board Services in Ireland, followed by six years in the Dept of General Dental Practice and Community Dentistry at the Dublin Dental Hospital . She moved to London in 1990 joining King's College London as a research assistant to set up, deliver and evaluate a targeted dental service for homeless people in central London. She completed her PhD on the oral health needs of homeless people and worked as a Clinical Lecturer and Clinical Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health . She was programme organiser for the MSc in Dental Public Health and MSc in Community Dental Practice at King's up until 2010. She completed the FFGDP (UK) in 2009 and is on the UK GDC specialist list in Special Care Dentistry and in Dental Public Health . In 2010, Blánaid was made academic/discipline lead for Special Care Dentistry at King's College London Dental Institute . She is lead for research at the British Society of Disability and Oral Health. She is a member of the Cochrane Oral Health Group, and a member of the UK Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) in Special Care Dentistry. She is an assistant editor of the Journal of Disability & Oral Health and member of the scientific committee of the International Association for Disability and Oral Health (iADH) She is a member of the International Collaboration of Health Research (ICOHIRP). In August 2016 Blánaid returned to the Dublin Dental University Hospital as Professor/Consultant of Special Care Dentistry. She is also visiting Professor in Special Care Dentistry at King's College London.

Clinical Specialist Interest Special Care Dentistry; specifically evaluating the outcomes of care to vulnerable groups eg homeless people, substance users, prisoners, frail older people including dementia.

Dental Public health: specifically risk communication, adherence and oral health promotion with vulnerable groups. Oral health inequality.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Brenda McManus, Blánaid Daly, Ioannis Polyzois; Pauline Wilson; Gráinne I Brennan; Tanya E Fleming; Liam D Grealy; Marie Louise Healy; David C Coleman., Comparative Microbiological and Whole-genome Analysis of Staphylococcus aureus Populations in the Oro-nasal Cavities, Skin and Diabetic Foot Ulcers of Patients with Type II Diabetes Reveals a Possible Oro-nasal Reservoir for Ulcer Infection. , Frontiers in Microbiology, 30, (11 (April)), 2020, p748 - 757 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Prasad R, Daly B, Manley G., The impact of 0.2% chlorhexidine gel on oral health and the incidence of pneumonia amongst adults with profound complex neurodisability., Special Care Dentistry, 39, (5), 2019, p524 - 532 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Peres MA, Macpherson LMD, Weyant RJ, Daly B, Venturelli R, Mathur MR, Listl S, Celeste RK, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Kearns C, Benzian H, Allison P, Watt RG., Oral diseases: a global public health challenge., Lancet, 394, (10194), 2019, p249 - 260 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Mac Giolla Phadraig C, Asimakopoulou K, Daly B, Fleischmann I, Nunn J., Nonpharmacological techniques to support patients with intellectual developmental disorders to receive dental treatment: A systematic review of behavior change techniques., Special Care Dentistry, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Abed H, Reilly D, Burke M, Daly B., Patients with head and neck cancers' oral health knowledge, oral health-related quality of life, oral health status, and adherence to advice on discharge to primary dental care: A prospective observational study., Special Care Dentistry, 39, (6), 2019, p593 - 602 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Abualfaraj RJ, Mcdonald F, Daly B, Scambler S., Patients with cleft: Experiences, understanding and information provision during treatment., Orthodontic Craniofacial Research, 22, (4), 2019, p289 - 295 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Dougall A, Apperley O, Smith G, Madden L, Parkinson L, Daly B., Dougall A, Apperley O, Smith G, Madden L, Parkinson L, Daly B., Haemophilia, 25, (2), 2019, p270 - 275 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Pushpass RG, Daly B, Kelly C, Proctor G, Carpenter GH., Altered Salivary Flow, Protein Composition, and Rheology Following Taste and TRP Stimulation in Older Adults., Frontiers Physiology , 31, (10), 2019, p652- Journal Article, 2019 URL

Rahman A, Nizarali N, Dougall A, Daly B., U.K. hemophilia treaters' knowledge of risk assessment for prolonged bleeding associated with dental procedures., Special Care Dentistry, 39, (2), 2019, p173 - 179 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Watt RG, Daly B, Allison P, Macpherson LMD, Venturelli R, Listl S, Weyant RJ, Mathur MR, Guarnizo-Herreño CC, Celeste RK, Peres MA, Kearns C, Benzian H., Ending the neglect of global oral health: time for radical action., Lancet, 394, (10194), 2019, p261 - 272 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Watt RG, Venturelli R, Daly B., Understanding and tackling oral health inequalities in vulnerable adult populations: from the margins to the mainstream., British Dental Journal, 227, (1), 2019, p49 - 54 Journal Article, 2019 URL

Clough, S., Burke, M., Scambler, S, Daly, B, The Impact of Pre-Radiotherapy Dental Extractions on Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Qualitative Study., British Dental Journal, 225, 2018, p28 - 32 Journal Article, 2018

Dougall A, Martinez Pereira F, Molina G, Eschevins C, Daly B, Faulks D , Identifying common factors of functioning, participation and environment amongst adults requiring specialist oral health care using the International Classification of Functioning, disability and health, PLoS One, 13, (7), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Abualfaraj R, Daly B, McDonald F, Scambler S, Cleft lip and palate in context: Learning from, and adding to, the sociological literature on long-term conditions., Health, 22, (4), 2018, p372 - 388 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Arrangements and procedures for the prevention of oral and dental diseases in, Wilson N & Dunne S , Clinical Prevention, Wiley, 2017, [Daly B & Asimakopoulou K] Book Chapter, 2017

Faculty of General Dental Practice, 'Dementia-Friendly Dentistry: Good Practice Guidelines ', Faculty of General Dental Practice, 2017, - Protocol or guideline, 2017

Faulks D, Dougall A, Ting G, Ari T, Nunn J, Friedman C, John J, Daly B, Roger-Leroi V, Newton JT , Development of a battery of tests to measure attitudes and intended behaviours of dental students towards people with disability or those in marginalised groups, European Journal of Dental Education, DOI: 10.1111/eje.122, (DOI: 10.1111/eje.122), 2017, pDOI: 10.1111/eje.12292 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Dougall A, Hayes M, Daly B , A systematic review of the use of local analgesia in medically compromised children and adolescents, European Archives of Paediatric Dentistry, 18, (5), 2017, p331 - 343 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Al-Khamis S, Asimakopoulou K, Newton T, Daly B , The effect of dental health education on pregnant women's adherence with toothbrushing and flossing - a randomised control trial., Community Dentistry & Oral Epidemiology, 45, (5), 2017, p469 - 477 Journal Article, 2017

Daly B, Thompsell A, Sharpling J, Rooney YM, Hillman L, Wanyonyi K, White S, Gallagher JE, Evidence Summary : the relationship between oral health and dementia, British Dental Journal, 2017 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Al Khamis S, Asimakopoulou K, Newton JT, Daly B, Oral Health Knowledge, Attitudes, and Perceptions of Pregnant Kuwaiti Women: A Qualitative Study, JDR Clinical & Translational Research, 1, (3), 2016, p211 - 217 Journal Article, 2016

Asimakopoulou K, Rhodes G, Daly B, Risk communication in the dental practice, British dental journal, 220, 2016, p77 - 80 Journal Article, 2016

McCarthy C, Daly B, Asimakopoulou k, Risk communication for the dental team, Faculty Dental Journal, 7, (4), 2016, p144 - 149 Journal Article, 2016

Prasad R, Daly B, Manley G , Oral health and the prevalence of chest infections in adults living with neuro-disability, Journal of Disability and Oral Health , 17, (12), 2016, p112 - 120 Journal Article, 2016

Prasad R, Daly B , Ethical approval considerations for patients who lack capacity, Journal of Disability and Oral Health , 17, (3), 2016, p105 - 111 Journal Article, 2016

Bould K, Daly B, Dunne S, Scott S, Asimakopoulou , A systematic review of the effect of individualized risk communication strategies on screening uptake and its psychological predictors: the role of psychology theory, Health Psychology Research , 4, 2016, p6157- Journal Article, 2016

Adherence and Health Behaviour Change in, editor(s)Scambler S, Scott S, Asimakopoulou K , Social and Behavioural Sciences and Dentistry , London, Routledge, 2016, pp1 - 306, [Asimakopoulou K, Daly B] Book Chapter, 2016

Kani E, Asimakopoulou K, Daly B, Hare J, Lewis J, Scambler S, Scott S, Newton JT, Characteristics of patients attending for cognitive behavioural therapy at one UK specialist unit for dental phobia and outcomes of treatment, British dental journal, 219, (10), 2015, p501 - 506 Journal Article, 2015

Moore S, Shiers D, Daly B, Mitchell AJ, Gaughran F , Promoting physical health for people with schizophrenia by reducing disparities in medical and dental care, Acta Psychiatr Scand , 2015, p1 - 13 Journal Article, 2015

Moosajee S, Rafique S, Daly B, Dental Management of Patients with Dementia in Primary Dental Care., Primary dental journal, 4, (2), 2015, p55-60 Journal Article, 2015

Disability and oral health in, editor(s)Watt, R , Social Inequalities in oral health from evidence to action, London, International Centre for Oral Health Inequalities, Research & Policy, UCL, 2015, [Daly B, Hakeburg M, Scambler S ] Book Chapter, 2015

Asimakopoulou K, Newton JT, Daly B, Kutzer Y, Ide M, The effects of providing periodontal disease risk information on psychological outcomes - a randomized controlled trial., Journal of clinical periodontology, 42, (4), 2015, p350-5 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

Daly B, Smith K, Promoting good dental health in older people: role of the community nurse., British journal of community nursing, 20, (9), 2015, p431-6 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

B Daly, P Batchelor, E Treasure, R Watt, Essential Dental Public Health, 2nd, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, 1 - 264pp Book, 2013

Moosajee SHY, Rafique S, Nizarali N, Newton T, Daly B, Bevan D , Oral Health Status and Oral Health Related Quality of Life in Patients with Congenital Bleeding Disorders, Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 14, 2013, p135 - 144 Journal Article, 2013

Rafique S, Fiske J, Palmer G, Daly B, Special care dentistry: part 1. Dental management of patients with inherited bleeding disorders., Dental update, 40, (8), 2013, p613-6, 619-22, 625-6 passim Journal Article, 2013

Molete MP, Daly B, Hlungwani TM, Oral health promotion in Gauteng: a qualitative study., Global health promotion, 20, (1), 2013, p50-8 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Misra S, Daly B, Dunne B, Millar B, Packer M, Asimakopoulou K, Dentist-patient communication: what do patients and dentists remember following a consultation? Implications for patient compliance, Patient preference and adherence , 7, 2013, p543 Journal Article, 2013

Lisowska P, Daly B, Vagus nerve stimulation therapy (VNST) in epilepsy-implications for dental practice, British Dental Journal, 212 , (2), 2012, p69 - 72 Journal Article, 2012

Newton JT, Asimakopoulou K, Daly B, Scambler S, Scott S, The management of dental anxiety: time for a sense of proportion?, British Dental Journal , 213, (6), 2012, p271 - 274 Journal Article, 2012

Bin Saeed M, Daly B, Newton JT, Knowledge and practice of behavioral management principles among dentists treating adults with learning disabilities., Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, 32, (5), 2012, p190-5 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Daly B, Sharif MO, Newton T, Jones K, Worthington HV, Local interventions for the management of alveolar osteitis (dry socket)., The Cochrane database of systematic reviews, 12, 2012, pCD006968 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Daly B, Newton JT, Fares J, Chiu K, Ahmad N, Shirodaria S, Bartlett D, Dental tooth surface loss and quality of life in university students., Primary dental care : journal of the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners (UK), 18, (1), 2011, p31-5 Journal Article, 2011

Daly B, Clarke W, McEvoy W, Periam C, Zoitopoulos L, Child oral health concerns amongst parents and primary care givers in a Sure Start local programme., Community Dental Health, 27, (3), 2010, p167 - 171 Journal Article, 2010

Jin EY, Daly B, The self-reported oral health status and behaviors of adults who are deaf and blind., Special care in dentistry : official publication of the American Association of Hospital Dentists, the Academy of Dentistry for the Handicapped, and the American Society for Geriatric Dentistry, 30, (1), 2010, p8-13 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Daly B, Newton JT, Batchelor P, Patterns of dental service use among homeless people using a targeted service., Journal of public health dentistry, 70, (1), 2010, p45-51 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Daly B, Newton T, Batchelor P, Jones K, Oral health care needs and oral health-related quality of life (OHIP-14) in homeless people., Community dentistry and oral epidemiology, 38, (2), 2010, p136-44 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Asimakopoulou K, Daly B, Adherence in dental settings., Dental update, 36, (10), 2009, p626-30 Journal Article, 2009

Jaafer NA, Izadi M, Daly B, Newton JT, The social validation of pharmacological approaches to the management of dental anxiety in adults: Impact of treatment urgency, method of intervention and treatment outcome, Social Behavior and Personality: an international journal, 35, (3), 2007, p375 - 386 Journal Article, 2007

FA Ashley, B Gibson, B Daly, S Lygo Baker, JT Newton, Undergraduate and postgraduate dental students''reflection on learning': a qualitative study, European Journal of Dental Education , 10, (1), 2006, p10 - 19 Journal Article, 2006

Watt RG, Harnett R, Daly B, Fuller SS, Kay E, Morgan A, Munday P, Nowjack-Raymer R, Treasure ET, Evaluating oral health promotion: need for quality outcome measures., Community dentistry and oral epidemiology, 34, (1), 2006, p11-7 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Daly B, Oral Health Promotion Outcome indicators, Journal of the Oral Health Promotion Research Group, 1, 2004, p9 - 14 Journal Article, 2004

Gibson B, Huang Q, Daly B, Gregory J, Forms of meaning in homeless people's responses to the OHIP-14 questionnaire: an exploratory qualitative study, Journal of Sociocybernetics , Fall/Winter , 2004, p4 - 22 Journal Article, 2004

Watt R, Daly B, Kay E, Smoking Cessation , British Dental Journal, 185, 2004, p2001 - 2005 Journal Article, 2004

Daly B, So what changes are taking place? Preliminary results of a survey of oral health promotion research group (OHPRG) members, Community Dental Health, 19, (2), 2002, p551 Journal Article, 2002

B Daly, R Watt, P Batchelor, E Treasure,, Essential Dental Public Health, First, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2002 Book, 2002

Beighton D, Ludford R, Clark TC, Brailsford SR, Pankhurst CL, Tinsley GF, Fiske J, Lewis D, Daly B, Khalifa N, Use of CHROMagar Candida medium for isolation of yeasts from dental samples., Journal of clinical microbiology , 33, (11), 1995, p3025 - 3027 Journal Article, 1995

Daly B, Hobdell MH ,Sadlier D, Jennings N, The Kilkenny Integrated Oral Health Project. Irish Journal of Medical Science, Irish Journal of Medical Science , 1991, pSuppl 9 Journal Article, 1991

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Crane, M., Cetano, G., Joly, L., Coward, S., Daly, B., Ford, H., Cage, H., Manthorpe, J. Willimas, P, Mapping of Specialist Primary Health Care Services in England for People who are Homeless: Summary of findings and considerations for health service commissioners and providers, London, UK, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, King's College London, February, 2018 Report, 2018 URL

Daly, B, Special Care Dentistry- a specialty or a need for more caring dentists? , Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 5, 2014, p2 - 3 Journal Article, 2014

Daly B, Summary of: developing dental services for homeless people in East London., British dental journal, 213, (7), 2012, p360-1 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Daly, B, Research in Special Care Dentistry, Journal of Disability and Oral Health, 2, 2011, p7- Journal Article, 2011

Watt, R.G., Harnett, R., Daly, B et al , Oral Health Promotion Outcome Indicators., London, Stephen Hancock Publications, 2004 Book, 2004

J Hogan, B Daly, Homelessness and political will--a professional perspective., British dental journal, 178, (6), 1995, p200 - 200 Journal Article, 1995

Daly B, Hogan J, Hogan J.J. & Daly, B. (1994) Dental requirements of Single Homeless People-A practical approach. , The Probe, 1994 Journal Article, 1994

B Daly, Dental care for the homeless over Christmas 1990., British dental journal, 171, (10), 1991, p330 - 330 Journal Article, 1991

Research Expertise


People with disabilities and marginalised groups experience greater levels of oral disease compared to the general population. They are more likely to have unmet dental needs and to be underserved. While this inequality is acknowledged, there is an information gap in understanding how this inequality might be reduced. My research is therefore focused in two areas which aim to increase understanding and help deliver interventions to reduce oral health inequality Disability & Oral Health a) Theoretical definitions and models of disability informing b) and c) below. b) Development of measures to describe disability and oral health c) Quality of life in the context of disability Access to oral health & oral health care for people with disabilities and vulnerable group (a) Access to care for vulnerable populations (b) Care pathways: Haemophilia, Head & Neck Cancer, Cleft lip and palate, Dementia (c) Health promotion and risk communication research Key papers Asimakopolou K, Newton J, Daly B, Kutzer Y, Ide M (2015) The effects of providing periodontal disease risk information on psychological outcomes - a randomized controlled trial. J Clin Periodontol. 2015 Apr;42(4):350-5 Moore S, Shiers D, Daly B, Mitchell AJ, Gaughran F (2015). Promoting physical health for people with schizophrenia by reducing disparities in medical and dental care. Acta Psychiatr Scand 2015: 1-13 Daly B, Newton JTN, Batchelor P (2010b) Patterns of dental service use amongst homeless people using a targeted service. Journal of Public Health Dentistry 70:45-51 Daly B, Newton JT, Batchelor P, Jones KJ (2010c). Normative need and oral health related quality of life in homeless people. Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology 38:136-144 Jin E & Daly B (2010) The oral health concerns of deaf blind people. Special Care Dentistry 30: 8-13