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Dentists to Brief Patients on Ireland’s ‘Dental Crisis’ During General Election

The Chief Executive of the Irish Dental Association (IDA) has said dentists will draw attention to the country’s “dental crisis” during the general election campaign. Mr. Fintan Hourihan was speaking today as the IDA released its general election manifesto. He said that, for the first time, the IDA would be calling on dentists to use the three weeks before the general election on Saturday, February 8th to discuss the association’s key campaign messages with patients.

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Dental Clinics Remain Open as an Essential Service During Level 5 Restrictions

Dental care remains an essential service as designated by the Government and therefore dental clinics will remain open to provide care during the current Level 5 restrictions. Patients and staff are entitled to travel more than 5km from home to see the dentist / attend for duty.

Patients reminded not to defer dental appointments in event of tighter Covid-19 restrictions

‘Oral health is an essential part of a person’s overall health’. IDA launches pre-Budget submission today (Monday). 22% fall in dentists providing medical card treatment over five years, affecting 300,000 patients. Up to 40% of public service dentists redeployed for testing and contact tracing for Covid-19 – and not replaced.

Kilkenny native Dr Anne O’Neill appointed Irish Dental Association President

Kilkenny native Dr. Anne O’Neill has been appointed as the Irish Dental Association (IDA) President, following the Association’s AGM today. Dr. O’Neill is Assistant National Oral Health Lead in the HSE’s National Oral Health Office, working in the areas of Dental ICT, Epidemiology and Dental Public Health.

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