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Navigating the future of dental hygiene

Yvonne Howell looks ahead to the new year, and explores what’s in store for the Irish Dental Hygienists Association. The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) had another strong year in 2023. We hosted a successful annual conference in the Midlands Park Hotel in Portlaoise, which had a strong hands-on programme.  We hope to ensure that … Continued

The hygienist in the cupboard

I recently heard a story about a dental practice where the hygienist’s ‘surgery’ was carved out and located in the cubbyhole under the stairs. Picture a triangular room, a slanting ceiling and the ‘thud, thump’ of footsteps providing a soundtrack to a relaxing treatment procedure. A ‘genius’ dentist saving a few pennies and investing wisely … Continued

IDHA to develop oral health programme in Ireland

The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) has been tasked with developing a new social responsibility oral health programme for Ireland. Plans began at the International Federation of Dental Hygienists’ (IFDH) Global Oral Health Strategy Session, Social Responsibility Conference in Florence, Italy on 7 and 8 July 2017. The two-day conference was the second phase of … Continued

Dublin to host global dental hygiene meeting in 2021

The Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) has won the bid to host the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene in 2021 in Dublin. The news came in June at the 20th International Symposium on Dental Hygiene in Switzerland, as IDHA members fought to secure votes for Ireland facing ‘stiff competition’ from Australia and Italy. Louise Fleming, … Continued

Study shows dental hygiene patients most anxious

A study has shown that a third of patients awaiting dental hygiene appointments have pretreatment anxiety. Dental procedures usually associated with pain, such as root canal treatments or implant placement, were found to be unrelated to dental anxiety. Gingivitis and age were high on the list of dental anxiety factors. ‘Fear of the unknown, perceived … Continued

Training and competency in dental hygiene

Joe Ingham looks at expanding your horizons as a dental hygienist in training and competency From the comfort of the front passenger seat, anyone who doesn’t have a driving licence might reasonably observe that driving is a fairly straightforward process. The wheel is turned in the required direction of travel and the feet operate pedals … Continued

Dublin, Cork host World Oral Health Day activities

World Oral Health Day 2016 (WOHD) kicked off to a bright start on 20 March as the Irish Dental Hygienists Association (IDHA) promoted oral health across Ireland. Dental hygienists and IDHA members manned stands at Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre in Dublin and Wilton Shopping Centre in Cork, offering oral health advice to the public with … Continued