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The benefits of mentoring

Anneka Guray discusses how mentor training for the IDHA came about, how useful it can be and how mentoring is practised. In late 2023, the Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association (IDHA) began its mentoring programme journey. Our past president Linda Phelan’s concept was four years in the making. Her vision was to empower members, arming them … Continued

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

IDHA poster competition – share, inspire and motivate

Sviatlana Anishchuk and Linda Phelan explain how and why you should enter the poster competition at this year’s IDHA annual conference. As a dental hygienist working in clinical practice, it can be easy to forget that we are capable of much more than scaling all day long.  The Irish Dental Hygienists’ Association (IDHA), in partnership … Continued

IDHA – back to the future!

Olivia Hanley looks ahead to the annual Irish Dental Hygienist Association (IDHA) conference and reveals what’s in store for attendees. As the summer comes to an end, the Irish Dental Hygienist’s Association (IDHA) committee is busy putting the final touches to its 2023 annual conference, sponsored by Haleon.  On 17 and 18 November, the IDHA … Continued

Combatting dental decay in children

Emma Ryan, IDHA Kin Dental Hygienist of the Year 2022, highlights the importance of good oral health in children, and explains what the dental profession can do to help parents prioritise it. Good oral health in children is essential for overall health and quality of life. One in three children under the age of five … Continued

International Symposium on Dental Hygiene – the future is in your hands

Siobhan Kelleher speaks to Barbara Derham and Jeannine Byrne about the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene, which comes to Ireland next year. Congratulations to the Irish Dental Hygienists Association on achieving the honour of hosting the International Symposium of Dental Hygiene (ISDH). Can you tell us a little about the journey? Barbara: In 2004 IDHA … 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