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# Irish Dental Association

This year
# biting back
'Unacceptable': Dentists hit out at lack of public service care for children amid staffing crisis
Two-thirds of job vacancies in the sector remain unfilled, the IDA says.
Last year
# Dentists
Nation's oral health at risk as children not seeing a dentist until their teens
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said not everyone is getting the high-quality dental care they deserve.
All time
# Irish Dental Association
Moving dentists to vaccination programme will cause 'irreparable damage' to children, says IDA
IDA President, Dr Anne O’Neill said that the organisation had “lost faith” in the Department of Health to implement change.
# Irish Dental Association
Dental treatment for medical card holders in 'complete chaos', industry body says
The Irish Dental Association said an unprecedented number of dentists were withdrawing from the official treatment scheme.
# transmission
Irish Dental Association says 'guidance doesn't need to be changed' after WHO advises delay of routine dental work
The World Health Organization has said non-essential dental work should be delayed until Covid-19 transmission rates drop sufficiently.
# Dentists
Dentists seek urgent meeting with Donnelly over claims government failed to deliver promised PPE
In recent months, dentists have warned of the strain their industry is under due to Covid-19.
# Oral Health
Majority of dentists fear Covid-19 poses high risk to 'sustainability' of their practice
The Irish Dental Association carried out a survey of dentists across the country.
# coronavirus crisis
Dentists warn profession is on 'brink of collapse' as many practices face closures
Some are concerned at the lack of clear guidelines being issued to dentists in the current crisis.
# scale and polish
Dentists left 'frustrated' after Minister tells constituents they could get free scale and polish
Richard Bruton corrected his leaflet after a letter from the Irish Dental Association.
# Survey
Dentists claim rise in tooth extractions caused by structure of medical card scheme
The Irish Dental Association has found that 90% of dentists say they are dissatisfied with the level of care they can provide under the scheme.
# lack of staff
Some children wait up to 12 years for first dental screening
The Irish Dental Association says 150 more dentists are needed.
# 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.
# incorrect
Varadkar dismisses claims 10,000 Irish children have teeth extracted in hospital each year
The Irish Dental Association has described the figures as a “national disgrace”.
# open wide
Over half of Irish adults only visit dentist in emergency
Irish Dental Association’s survey finds routine visits drop sharply after the age of 45 years.
# piercings
Warning: Tongue piercings affect speech, sense of taste and cause drooling
Dentists are warning young people about the risks of oral piercings, especially when getting them done abroad or at music festivals.
# Smile
75 per cent of people do not avail of free dental check-ups
The Irish Dental Association has described the slashing of PRSI and medical card schemes and tax reliefs as a “dental health time bomb”.
# Dentistry
Dentists' body expresses concern over illegal teeth whitening
The Irish Dental Association says several businesses could be operating outside of European rules on peroxide content.
# 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
Only one in five entitled people availed of free dental exams last year
Despite 3.3 million Irish adults being entitled to free dental check ups, fewer that 600,000 availed of the scheme last year.