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Irish Dental Association condemns dental school U-turn

The Irish Dental Association (IDA) has criticised the decision to scrap plans for a ‘badly needed’ new dental school in Cork. University College Cork (UCC) was given permission in 2019 for a new five-storey building in Curraheen, which would replace Cork University Dental School’s current campus, which it shares with Cork University Hospital. The plans … Continued

Talks begin over extra places for dental students in Ireland

Discussions over how many additional places will be available to medical and dental courses this autumn took place this week. According to, representatives from universities and the Departments of Higher Education and also Health have come together to discuss plans. This comes in anticipation of results inflation associated with calculating grades this summer following the … Continued

Dentists quit medical card scheme following COVID-19

A significant amount of dentists are dropping out of a scheme to treat medical card patients.  This is according to new figures which were unveiled during a parliamentary question. The data suggests 250 dentists have stopped treating patients with a medical card. Additionally, there are 600 fewer dentists operating in the scheme. Cut numbers A … Continued

Irish Dental Association appoints new president

Dr Clodagh McAllister has been appointed as the new president of the Irish Dental Association (IDA). At the association’s AGM, the Dublin-based practitioner credited her mother for her IDA involvement. ‘She knew and saw first-hand the positive impact of professionals working together for the betterment of a sector and those most reliant upon it,’ she said. … Continued

COVID-19 – dentists in Ireland report spike in bruxism

Dental teams in Ireland are reporting increased cases of bruxism in the face of pandemic-related stress. According to the Irish Times, the Irish Dental Association (IDA) says the profession has increasingly experienced conversations with patients relating to COVID-19 anxieties. And alongside this, cases of damaged teeth as a result of teeth grinding have also spiked. Due to a lack … Continued

Medical card scheme in Ireland ‘on the brink of collapse’

  The dental profession is calling for a ‘fundamentally new approach’ to dentistry from the government.  This follows fears lower income groups are being affected by the current model. The Irish Dental Association (IDA) is urging for the dental needs of the more disadvantaged to be addressed. It argues that the Dental Treatment Services Scheme (DTSS) is no longer … Continued

Demand for cosmetic dental treatment grows in Ireland

Demand for cosmetic dentistry in Ireland has boomed since the start of the pandemic.  This is according to Caroline Robins, chair of the GP committee of the Irish Dental Association. Reported by, Ms Robins said demand had gone ‘off the Richter scale’, adding that Zoom is a key reason why interest may have spiked. … Continued