ISDH SMILE agus SLAINTE Briefing Statement

The Irish Society for Disability and Oral Health (ISDH) welcomes the additional support for vulnerable people to access oral healthcare and improve their oral health outlined in the national oral health policy.

Vulnerable children and adults have more untreated oral disease, missing teeth and total tooth loss compared to the general population in Ireland. Their access to appropriate oral healthcare services is inadequate. These oral health inequalities are unfair, unjust and unnecessary. The ISDH believe that it is time for radical change.

After many years of outdated policy, Smile agus Slainte brings oral healthcare in Ireland up to date. This policy highlights gaps in services for vulnerable groups, like those with disabilities and older adults, and outlines major change in how oral healthcare is delivered to ensure health and equity.

Page 1 of our Policy Briefing
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