Latest News & Press Releases

Latest News & Press Releases

Two people every week die from mouth cancer

Mouth Cancer Awareness Day is Thursday September 20th 2017. Two people die every week in Ireland from the ‘silent killer’. This year the focus will be on the homeless and socially excluded groups. Dentists are volunteering to work with Simon, Peter McVerry and the Capuchin Centre.

Major recruitment drive and tax reliefs needed to adddress oral health crisis

IDA calls for 150 extra dentists to prevent collapse of service for children and special care patients and tax relief for dental costs to encourage regular visits to family dentists.

HSE funded treatments under the Dental Treatment Service Scheme fall by over 16% between 2013 and 2016

Shocking impact of cuts in state funding for dental care as Ireland faces oral health crisis. Irish Dental Association calls for urgent action.

Dental Complaints Resolution Service handles 102 complaints in 2016

57% of cases resolved within the calendar year. Warning on DIY orthodontic care.

Dental extractions increase as State support for treatment falls

The Irish Times reports that state support for dental treatment, through PRSI and medical card schemes, has fallen from a high of almost €150 million in 2009 to less than €75 million last year.

Dentists express alarm over collapse in dental care spend

CSO figures show 57% reduction in household spending over past 5 years.

New President of Dental Association says it's time to end decades of neglect

New IDA President calls for: Urgent publication of new oral health policy. Appointment of a full time Chief Dental Officer. Proportion of revenue from sugar tax to go to oral health programmes. Ring fenced funding of dental care following cuts of €500m. Staff shortages in the public dental service to be addressed.

Leading dental expert calls for introduction of a ‘Use it or lose it voucher’ for first dental visit

Visit should happen before the 1st birthday. Call for schools and sports teams to stop distributing sugar containing drinks and treats. Sugar tax revenue could finance new children’s ‘first tooth, first visit’ programme.

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