Arif Sadikot graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Dental Surgery from King's College London in 1998 and initially worked as an assistant for six months before completing vocational training in London in January 2000. He continued to work as an associate for two years in general practice before moving to Leicester in March 2002. He continued working in general practice and became a partner in a mainly NHS practice in April 2008, taking over clinical governance duties within the practice. During this time he has completed a Diploma in restorative dental practice awarded by Eastman Dental Institute London In 2009 and gained his Membership of the Joint Dental Faculties of the Royal College of Surgeons of England in 2011. He has developed a keen interest in dental education and has been an approved Foundation Dental trainer since 2012 currently in the Leicester Scheme. He has also completed a postgraduate certificate in medical education from Sheffield Hallam University.