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# Dental care

Last year
# Dentists
Exodus of dentists from medical card scheme leaving vulnerable households without dental care
Figures from the start of this year showed just 660 dentists were actively treating medical card patients.
# Dental care
Calls for dental vouchers to replace medical cards as dentists warn scheme nears 'total collapse'
A raft of dentists have exited the medical card scheme over difficulties with the fee structure.
All time
# budget 2020
Free dental care for under-6s and free GP visits extended to under-8s from September 2020
The changes will be brought in from next September.
# Smile
Harris smooths out rift with dentists over how to roll out free dental care for kids
Harris has said free dental care for children will begin to be rolled out from next year
# Tourism
The pound's plunge is sending Irish 'tooth tourists' north of the border
The hotels lobby says it’s an example of how Brexit is disrupting the industry’s trade.
# Lisa Needs Braces
There has been a big drop in people getting HSE-funded dental treatments
New CSO figures show a 16.4% drop in HSE-funded dental treatments between 2013 and 2016.
# preventable measures
Dentists call for regular teeth screenings in schools to avoid 'traumatic' extractions
Thousands of children have teeth extracted under general anaesthetic each year.
# untold damage
Lack of dental care sees nursing home patients needing up to 20 teeth extracted at once
One of country’s senior dentists reveals some nursing homes neglecting duty of care to elderly.
# Your Say
Poll: Have you visited the dentist in the last year?
Experts say you should go once a year, but it is a cause of anxiety for some people.
Opinion: Water fluoridation is controversial, but trust evidence over scaremongering
Scare tactics and misinformation should have no place in deciding public health policy.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you put off going to the dentist?
Nearly one third of people are putting off going to the dentist because of the cost. Do you put off going?
# Dental care
HSE underspent on dental care by €11.5m last year
Dentists are furious at new figures which showed that the HSE had budgeted €63m for dental care, but only spent €51.5m.