Happy dentists looking at documents of a young patient.

The Chief Scientific Adviser, the Supreme Court, the Annual Conference and terrific clinical and scientific papers feature in this edition.

The Supreme Court has decided that the HSE is entitled to take whatever steps are necessary to live within its budget, even though that budget might be unclear, and external healthcare providers are partners in the provision of services using that budget. Therefore, even though we feel strongly that the treatment of dentists and our patients was reprehensible, it was legal. Our President Dr Twomey comments on the judgement in her President’s Message. It is, however, notable that it was the Association that was willing to fight on behalf of oral healthcare in Ireland.

Chief Scientific Officer
Professor Mark Ferguson is a distinguished scientist who is the Director General of Science Foundation Ireland and Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government. It is a matter of pride to our profession that he is a dentist and a matter of satisfaction that he spoke to our Journal. His thoughts on Ireland’s scientific community and his perspective on dentistry make for fascinating reading.

Awards expanded
We are pleased to note the expansion of the Sensodyne Sensitive Dentist of the Year competition to include the dental team of the year. The dental profession has never before had a formal channel of communication for patients to express their appreciation of dentistry to a third party. The Journal together with GSK, the makers of Sensodyne, has given patients that new means of communication. Our patients have provided the most wonderful testament to the value of the work we do every day. This year’s Awards will be launched at the Annual Conference and will be open to entries from May 1. I urge all of you to register for the pack for the Awards (use the reply-paid postcard from around this edition).

Packed conference
And speaking of the Annual Conference, this year’s event takes place in Galway with the theme ‘Dentistry into the future’. There is a terrific pre-conference programme, and a packed programme of lectures including clinical workshops, the Dr Joe Moloney Award, and the Dr Tony Costello Memorial Medal. Our Journal lecture is being given by Mary Aiken on the psychology of cyberspace, and the social programme gives everyone a chance to catch up.
There is a superb trade show presenting new products and developments in dental technology. And once again, the Editorial Board expresses its gratitude for the excellent advertising support we receive from the trade. We also urge you to support those companies that advertise in the Journal – making it possible for us to continue to improve the Journal – the only Irish-produced publication for Irish dentists.

Importance of articulation
Dr Paul Quinlan has provided an excellent clinical feature on management of articulation in the dentition. It is one of the most important aspects of modern dentistry, with failures resulting in problems for patients. Dr Quinlan outlines the proper use of articulators, face bows and interocclusal records.
We also publish a scientific paper from Dr John Buckley reporting three complex orthodontic cases where a completely customised lingual appliance was used. The context for the paper is research from 2014, which revealed that 51% of GDPs believe that only “simple cases” can be treated with lingual appliances. The paper demonstrates that when properly applied lingual appliances can achieve a high standard of result.
In our other scientific paper, Dr Laura Fee encourages the dental profession to prescribe to optimise the use of antibiotics in oral surgery. Antibiotic stewardship programmes are recommended to help reduce the emergence of infections that are multidrug resistant.

Prof. Leo F. A. Stassen

Prof. Leo F. A. Stassen
Honorary Editor