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News / February 21, 2017

ISDC joins Irish Dentistry’s child oral health campaign

by Guy Hiscott

Photo: All smiles for the team at Dunmurry Dental Practice as they
show their support for Keep Kids’ Teeth Clean 2017

6-14 IR Feb News .inddSince launching our new campaign – Keep Kids’ Teeth Clean 2017 – we’ve been in awe at the amount of support for child oral health in Ireland.

What’s more, Keep Kids’ Teeth Clean 2017 will also be supported by the Irish Society of Dentistry for Children (ISDC).

Jennifer McCafferty, president of the ISDC, spoke about the society’s involvement: ‘Since 1961, our society has been dedicated to promoting good oral health among children and teenagers in Ireland. This campaign will provide the entire dental team with lots of practical advice for managing and treating children in their practices.

‘The ISDC is delighted to support Keep Kids’ Teeth Clean. A number of members will be contributing to the campaign with advice and articles over the coming months.’

A number of ISDC members will be contributing to the campaign with advice and articles over the coming months

The ISDC has more than 100 members representing dentists and their teams working in universities, hospitals, the community (HSE) and private practice settings. It holds regular scientific meetings, providing a forum for exchange and discussion of information and research in paediatric dentistry.

In every issue this year, Irish Dentistry will focus on a different topic within child oral health, including diet and sugar, weak teeth, behavioural traits and more. The ISDC will contribute alongside the campaign throughout the year.

ISDC Annual Scientific Meeting 2017

This year’s Irish Society of Dentistry for Children’s (ISDC) Annual Scientific Meeting will take place on 18 May in Portlaoise, focusing on weak teeth.

The theme for this year’s meeting is ‘Common enemies: weak teeth, discoloured teeth and sweet teeth,’ and will feature leading paediatric dentists and orthodontists, such as Dr Kathryn Harley and Dr Dan Counihan.

Topics include the management of discoloured anterior teeth, the restorative management of enamel defects and compromised first permanent molar treatment, as well as the pitfalls of sugar in children’s diets. Short presentations will also be given for the ISDC’s O’Mullane Prize, covering various aspects of paediatric dental care. Winners will be announced on the day.

Find out more in the February issue of Irish Dentistry ( To attend the ISDC ASM, visit