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Homeless angry and anxious about dental care

A new study shows the difficulties homeless people have coping with dental care. In a stream of open-ended interviews with homeless people in Vancouver, Canada, it was found that most believe dentistry is ‘frightening, humiliating and expensive’. The interviews also found that they believe governments are neither sympathetic to their disability nor willing to provide … Continued

Dental care not an ‘optional expense’, says IDA

Concerns over new figures showing a drop in dental cuts have reached media outlets. The Irish Dental Association (IDA) is ‘shocked’ at the 57% reduction in dental care spending over the last five years, equating to the lowest amount of spend in 10 years. According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the total annual spend … Continued

Dental students to host CPD night in Dublin

Fourth-year dental students will host a CPD night on 17 May to raise funds for DOVE (Dental Overseas Voluntary Elective). The night will take place at the Dublin Dental Hospital and will feature a lecture on the fundamentals of paediatric dentistry for the GDP, delivered by Dr Kirsten Fitzgerald. Dr Una Lally and Dr Michael … Continued

Elderly need better dental care in Ireland

Ireland needs more accessible dental services for the elderly, says Dr Grace Kelly, specialist in special care dentistry. Speaking at the Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) Annual Winter Conference last weekend, Dr Kelly argued that domiciliary dental care for the elderly is ‘an area that needs good regulation’ as services in Ireland are currently limited. … Continued