Professor Richard Welbury

Prof. Richard Welbury, CBE

School of Dentistry

Allen Building, AL005

+44 (0) 1772 89 5873

Professor / Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Dentistry.

Research Lead Dental School 

In 2019 Richard was made Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for his services to paediatric dentistry, dental education and safeguarding of children.

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BDS (Hons) University of Newcastle 1978

MB BS University of Newcastle 1984

PhD University of Newcastle 1989

FDS RCS England 1986, FDSRCPS Glasgow 2000, FRCPCH (UK) 2007, FFGDP (UK) 2015

Richard Welbury graduated from Newcastle University with BDS (Hons) in 1978 and MB BS in 1984. He then received a Ph.D. from Newcastle University on ‘An evaluation of composite resins and glass polyalkenoate cements in Paediatric Dentistry’. He gained FDSRCS England in 1986, FDSRCPS Glasgow in 2000, FRCPCH in 2007 and FFGDP in 2015.In 1988 he was appointed Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and in 1991 Regional Consultant / Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Dentistry at Newcastle Dental Hospital. In 2001 he was appointed to the Chair of Paediatric Dentistry at the University of Glasgow Dental School where he was also Deputy Head of the Undergraduate Dental School and Director of Postgraduate Education. In 2001-2002 he was President of the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry and 2006-2008 President of the European Academy of Paediatric Dentistry. Between 2003-2006 he was Chairman of the Standing Advisory Committee in Paediatric Dentistry of the combined Royal Colleges and between 2013-2016 he was Vice –President and Dean of the Dental Faculty, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

Richard Welbury has three main longstanding translational clinical research interests:

1. Safeguarding of children and the role of the dental team in child protection. He has worked in this field for over 30 years and is one of the original authors of the UK guidelines in this area. He also works collaboratively with colleagues in Norway, Denmark Greece, Italy and Croatia to help them build and establish their national policies in safeguarding.

2. Anxiety management in children in the dental surgery and the effects of the drugs used for anxiety management techniques on normal function. Randomised controlled trials have been completed investigating oral, submucosal and intravenous administration of midazolam and nitrous oxide in children and adolescents. Later research in collaboration with the Departments of Psychology and Anaesthesia focused on the cognitive effects to the child and adolescent of general anaesthesia and sedation.

3. Treatment and prevention of traumatic dental injuries to children and adolescents including recent work with the Scottish Rugby Union to ensure mouthguard usage for both training and playing in all Junior Rugby Union clubs in Scotland.

Membership of Professional and Learned Bodies

British Dental Association, British Society of Paediatric Dentistry, European Association of Paediatric Dentistry, International Association of Paediatric Dentistry. Royal Surgical Colleges of London and Glasgow. Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (UK)

Research Activities

Research Lead Dental School


Concussion recognition and protection

Teaching activities and responsibilities

Clinical lead Paediatric Dentistry , Dental School



Narayanan, VK, Ronghe, M, MacGregor, FB, Bradshaw, N, Davidson, R, Welbury, R, Reed, N and Shaikh, MG (2016) Use of Vandetanib in Metastatic Medullary Carcinoma of Thyroid in a Pediatric Patient with Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia 2B. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 38 (2). pp. 155-157. ISSN 1077-4114

Park, CM, Welbury, R, Herbison, J and Cairns, A (2015) Establishing comprehensive oral assessments for children with safeguarding concerns. British Dental Journal, 219 (5). pp. 231-236. ISSN 0007-0610

Cukovic-Bagic, I, Dumancic, J, Kujundzic Tiljak, M, Drvaric, I, Boric, B, Kopic, V, Krupic, I, Bakarcic, D, Budimir, M and Welbury, R R (2015) Croatian dentists' knowledge, experience, and attitudes in regard to child abuse and neglect. International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, 25 (6). pp. 444-450. ISSN 0960-7439

Gillgrass, Toby J, MacDonald, James P, Mossey, Peter A and Welbury, Richard R (2014) The Impact of Alveolar Bone Grafting on Cleft Lip and Palate: a Literature Review. South European Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Research, 1 . pp. 15-22. ISSN 1849-5249



Richard is an invited guest speaker at the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry Annual Scientific Meeting between 15 and 18 September 2018 in Dundee, Scotland.  The title of his presentation is ‘FiCTION Trial – impact on clinical practice and teaching’.