In recent times, celebrating anything has been unlikely. However, planning is underway for a return to celebrating dentistry in Ireland with the Colgate Caring Dentist Awards.
The IDA, in association with sponsors Colgate, has announced that the Caring Dentist and Dental Team of the Year Awards for 2021 are to proceed. An awards ceremony will take place in the latter part of 2021 subject, naturally, to all elements of the Awards being in accordance with HSE guidance regarding Covid-19.
Dental teams all across the country will be ready to party and enjoy all their achievements by December, and we hope that we can celebrate in style at a major awards ceremony in Dublin. While the date is to be confirmed, the Awards Gala Ball is normally staged in late November or early December at a major city venue.
Once again, patients will be invited to nominate their dentist or the dental team through the Awards’ online presence at www.colgatecaringawards.ie. Over more than a decade now, in a series of guises, this programme has highlighted outstanding healthcare provided to dental patients in Ireland. Every year, the judges are struck by the outstanding acts of care and compassion carried out by dentists and their teams. The judges have seen and commended lives saved by the spotting of cancer, children with special needs helped in ways that their parents couldn’t believe was possible, and a victim of domestic violence given safe haven. Then there is the enormous appreciation evident in so many entries of the gratitude of patients for what they consider to be the exceptional care received – but which so many dentists consider normal.
In recent times, dentistry has faced the new and entirely unexpected challenge of providing oral healthcare in a global pandemic. In the extraordinary circumstances of the last year, the Association and Colgate are confident that patients will, once again, tell us the stories of how their dentist and local dental team cared for them or their loved ones. Watch out for more information from the Association and Colgate in the near future.