Important Notice for 2020 Members

Important Notice for 2020 Members

Due to the present COVID19 pandemic it has been impossible to provide the quality and depth of educational programme that we usually provide and we have made the strategic decision to pause our direct educational provision in the DDUH for the remainder of 2020.

We hope that you understand this difficult decision and wish to thank all our members for your support and commend all for your pursuit of quality training that you can bring to your practice for your patients’ benefit.

All 2020 members shall have their membership extended to the end of 2021 at no additional cost. We shall revert to you with further news and information as available. We hope to return to organising our hands-on courses and popular biannual scientific meetings as soon as circumstances permit.


IFPDC Donation to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA)

In December 2019 the IFPDC made a donation of €3,000 to the IMNDA. The donation will go towards providing specialised equipment such as wheelchairs, beds, hoists, and communication aids, and will help fund much needed home-care hours.

The donation will help  the more than 390 people suffering from Motor Neurone Disease in Ireland to lead active and independent lives in their own homes for as long as possible.

Dr Kevin Dunne, Treasurer IFPDC pictured donating a chque for €3,000 to Ms Jackie Martin, Fundraising Executive, IMNDA

Winter Scientific Meeting Sat 16th November 2019 – Review

The IFPDC Winter Scientific Meeting was held on Sat 16th November 2019 in the Large Lecture Theatre, DDUH. 


The keynote speaker was Dr Andrew Shelley, Specialist Prosthodontist, Manchester, who guided attendees through the different evidence-based approaches to restoring the broken down tooth, the broken down restoration and the broken down mouth.
Dr Caitriona Ahern, GDP and part-time lecturer in Oral Radiology in UCC, gave a practical and informative presentation on radiographic interpretation.
Dr Conor Barry, Consultant Max-Fax surgeon, St James’s Hospital, provided valuable tips on minor oral surgery in general dental practice.
There was excellent evaluation feedback from attendees on the quality and practicality of the presentations.

The OHSRC (UCC) and the General Dentist

Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC) UCC and the General Dentist

The OHSRC needs you

Researchers in the Oral Health Services Research Centre (OHSRC), University College Cork (UCC), working on the HRB funded Fluoride and Caring for Children’s Teeth (FACCT) study ( have secured funding through a Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) award. The award supports the dissemination of the results of the FACCT study to General Dental Practitioners (GDPs) and ultimately their patients.


Why do we need you?

GDP’s are extremely busy and productive with a wealth of ideas, we wish to have this input to develop a meaningful resource for GDPs, with minimum interference with your day-to-day work. Through the FACCT study a wealth of information relevant to children’s oral health and oral health behaviour now exists and we would like to increase awareness of this information.


What do we want to do?

The research team would like to work with a small number of GDPs to ensure that the results of the study are communicated in a way that is appropriate to GDPs and their patients. The researchers wish to collaborate with approximately four GDPs.  


What involvement is required?

The GDPs will form part of a steering group and assist in the development of an educational resource for GDPs to  ultimately benefit patients and oral health.  The dentist group will participate in a structured workshop where the outline content of the resource will be formulated. The FACCT research team will then work towards developing the resource with input from the steering group via email or teleconferences. Although developed for GDPs, the completed educational resource will be freely available to Oral Health Promoters, dental nurses, dental hygienists and the general public.


How to get involved?

The OHSRC UCC would love to work with you and develop a resource what works best for the busy GDP in promoting health and preventing disease. For further information about this project please contact Dr Mairead Harding, Oral Health Services Research Centre, Cork University Dental School and Hospital, Wilton, Cork.
Email tel 021 4901103.