The annual initiative, run by the School of Dental Science, will see 22 fourth-year dental students travel overseas this summer to provide voluntary dental care in some of the world’s most impoverished locations.
This year’s destinations include Tanzania, Guatemala, Cambodia, Egypt, India and St Vincent.
Speaking ahead of the 2018 trip, Emma Mulville, DOVE representative, said: ‘DOVE provides an opportunity for us to make a really positive contribution to the communities that we visit. It also allows us to broaden our experience and knowledge in a very different dental setting.
‘Our committee has worked hard throughout the year to raise funds to make it possible, and it is wonderful to have the additional support of Dental Care Ireland.’
Colm Davitt, chief executive of Dental Care Ireland, added: ‘Dental Care Ireland is delighted to support such a worthwhile initiative. The programme has potential to make a real impact on the oral health of those people who need it most.
‘We wish the students every success as they embark on what will no doubt be a rewarding and life-long learning experience.’