About the ISDH

ISDH Vision

“Equal access, oral health for all”


ISDH Mission

 “Empowering people with special healthcare needs and those who support them to achieve oral health through advocacy, community and education.”


See more about the ISDH Vision and Mission here.


History of the ISDH

The Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health (ISDH) was established voluntarily in 2002 by a number of Irish dentists with an interest in Special Care Dentistry (SCD). Since its establishment as a national society, the ISDH has taken up its membership of the International Association of Disability and Oral Health (IADH), with a member sitting on the IADH council. Originally, the ISDH aimed to promote, preserve and protect the oral health of people with disabilities. The ISDH constitution is available by clicking here.

Original Aims of the Society

  • To promote links with organisations representing people with disabilities.
  • To consult with disability groups to identify their needs and the demands of people with disabilities.
  • To study the barriers relating to the provision of oral healthcare for people with disabilities.
  • To encourage Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching, and training of the dental team, in the subject of oral health care for people with disabilities.
  • To encourage research in the field of oral healthcare for people with disabilities

Committee and Membership

The ISDH is a large community of dentists with specialist training in SCD, general and community dentists with an interest in SCD, dental care professionals and a small number of non-dental healthcare providers. The ISDH is normally constituted as a society with a president, immediate past-president, president-elect, honorary secretary, honorary membership secretary and honorary treasurer. These officers, along with a number of general members, make up the ISDH committee, which manages the business and running of the society.  

Among other actions, the officers and other committee members meet four times per year to manage the business and running of the society and also to organise  a summer conference on a multi-disciplinary topic related to oral heath and disability for the whole dental team.

Members views and involvement in the running of the society are very important to ISDH and we would encourage interested people to apply to be members of the  committee. Elections take place once a year during the month of June      

See the current committee here