About Us

About Us

The Irish Dental Association was established in 1922. The Association offers a wide range of educational and scientific services including publication of the Journal of the Irish Dental Association as well as organising two major educational conferences nationally each year plus as numerous regional CPD events. The Association also actively advocates for better oral health for the Irish population.

The Irish Dental Association exists to promote the interests of the dental profession and to promote the well-being of our country's population through the attainment of optimum oral health. 

We are a trade union which  exists to represent the honour and integrity of the profession. It represents dentists in all dealings and negotiations with government and other relevant bodies, and seeks to maintain just and reasonable terms of employment and proper remuneration for dentists. 


Our mission is to represent, advocate and educate in supporting sustainable health.


Our vision is a sustainable oral health care system in Ireland.


There are over 1,800 members of the Irish Dental Association. The Association is governed by a Management Committee.  


Membership is open to any individual who is currently on the Register of Dentists in Ireland. 

Affiliate membership is open to any individual who is not on the Register of Dentists in Ireland and who is not in practice in Ireland but who is a regsitered dentist with the relevant authorty in another jurisdiction.


IDA Membership Service Charter

Rules of the Irish Dental Association