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17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland

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Gumshields

Do you play sports?....... YES, therefore, you will want to take effective measures to protect your teeth. 

With sports, especially contact sports such as rugby, hurling and boxing mouth injuries are a high risk – chipped or broken teeth are a high risk. It is so important for anyone who plays contact sport whether you wear braces or not to wear a gum shield.

 

Do you need a special gumshield for braces?

Yes. It’s important that you don’t pick up a regular gumshield if you wear braces. You should consult with your Orthodontist who will advise you on the correct gumshield for your needs.

We offer our patients who have just got their ...

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Hiking in Ireland

Ireland is a small country with some beautiful landscapes. Hiking is an excellent way of working out and enjoying the scenery along with it. Going on a hike you should;

 

  • Start small; Beginners who start off hiking should always start off walking a shorter distance and then gradually build it up. You will soon get an idea of what distance you can walk.
  • Look up the route; The best thing to do when going on a hike is to know where you are going and to give you an indication of the trail. Have a look of it on the may – screenshot it and save it to your images as a ...

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Conversations: week 36 Information Technology. And parsley sauce

Steve: This computer isn’t working well, can we call iPing for some IT help?

Later…

Team member:  Can you work on the other computer? The guys at iPing are going to look into the slow computer.

Steve: Excellent

Later...

Team member: Stephen, did you record Masterchef on this computer?

Steve: huh?

Team member: Well, it turns out that the computer wasn’t working well because it was full of old episodes of Masterchef, and that was filling up the memory and slowing it down.

Steve: and the obvious suspect was….me? How old? When did this happen?

Team member: 2011

Not guilty (though I did have a meal at a wedding in 2007 at a restaurant run by a Masterchef finalist), but ...

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Read the instructions

Instructions...

A couple of weeks ago, I got a pair of Bluetooth earphones. This is my fourth pair in about 2 months, as I’m still trying to find a balance between what stays in my ears and functions well and doesn’t break easily. I had started using them straight away, and it was only a couple of days ago I got around to reading “the instructions”.

The Instructions are made in several different languages, which have to be printed in very small font so that they all fit into the same tiny booklet. That saves the company the hassle of printing separate booklets in each language and putting them in the right ...

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BLS - CPR Training

Yesterday at Swords Ortho we completed a refresher BLS ( Basic life support ) course.

BLS (Basic life support) is a level of medical care which is used for victims of life threatening illnesses or injuries until they can be given full medical care at a hospital.

As we work in healthcare we are required to be certified in Basic Life support. 

We had a certified trainer call out to the practice and teach us about the changes which had been made to the basic life support guidelines and run through everything again with us as it had been two years since we had our last one. This was provided through practical and ...

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Orthodontics Conversations Fortnite 17: When a dentist realises he's older than he thought

Stephen: Did you see that kid’s T-shirt?

Nurse: No

Stephen: It said “Floss like a boss”

Nurse: Oh. OK

Stephen: I think it’s great that they have T-shirts for 10 year olds with oral hygiene slogans. I think they wore that in specially because they were coming to orthodontist.

Nurse: Oh Steve. Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve. You are so not with it, aren’t you?

Stephen: So this had nothing to do with teeth, never mind interproximal, subgingival plaque removal?

Nurse: Steve, Steve, Steve. There are no words.

That’s how old I am. Plus I can remember Smokey and the Bandit on VHS.

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The Honest Dentist - Advertising in Dentistry in Ireland

Yesterday, I was talking about advertising salads and today I thought I'd briefly compare that to Advertising in Dentistry, in Ireland at least.

I guess both sets of adverts are subject to the regulation by Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland, but dentists are also regulated by The Dental Council of Ireland for most aspects of what they do - even extending beyond dentistry.

Up until fairly recently, advertising wasn't done by dentists. It was only starting to be permitted in the UK around the time I qualified, and I think in Ireland it was more recent than that. This is generally traced back to a report by the competition authority which recommended ...

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