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The National Oral Health Policy and the Irish Dental Association

The Department of Health released its new National Oral Health Policy a few weeks ago. Smileagusslainte is the hashtag they're using. There was an announcement, a public appearance from the Minister of Health, Simon Harris, some tweeting and then everyone went back to whatever they were doing beforehand. I made a few comments directed at the Department of Health and none of them were answered. If you go through the coverage on twitter, the social media often used for news and reportage there is very little obvious threading on it.

I know it's not a hot topic, but it does or it will actually involve practically all of the population in ...

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Hello Yokohama! Getting ready for the 9th International Orthodontic Congress

The Orthodontic Society of Ireland (OSI) was invited to send a representative to an evening event hosted by the Japanese Orthodontic Society to promote the forthcoming 9th International Orthodontic Congress (IOC), which will be held from 4th to 7th of October 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. As I was president up until last November and neither our current or future president was able to attend, I was representing Irish Orthodontists at the event.

The IOC only takes place every 5 years, a bit like the Olympics of Orthodontics (without the competition, medals and boycotts), and indeed this one will be happening just after Japan has hosted the Olympics in nearby Tokyo. This ...

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Report on the 2019 Annual Meeting of National Presidents in the World Federation of Orthodontists

This year’s meeting took place on Sunday morning, 5th of May, 2019 at JW Marriott meeting rooms in Los Angeles. As usual, it’s organised to be part of the annual meeting of the American Association of Orthodontists, who appear to do a disproportionate amount of work in the WFO – not unlike NATO. The current WFO president, Allan Thom, welcomed the attending presidents. I’m no longer the president of the Orthodontic Society of Ireland, but I was representing Ireland at the event since neither the president or deputy president was able to attend.

Dr Thom invited all the attendees to introduce themselves. When the WFO was set up, 25 years ago, ...

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Famous Belgians and the Rock Stars of Orthodontics

I'm in the departure lounge at Dublin airport, headed out to the Annual Session of the American Association of Orthodontists. It's probably the biggest gathering of orthodontists in the world.

We'll be listening to speakers talking about their most up to date research, looking at new products made by companies from all over the world to do the best work for our patients, and finding out what will be shaping the future of orthodontics.

Two seats away from me is a Belgian orthodontic professor Hugo de Clerck. He's probably the world expert on using small metal plates attached the jawbone under the gum to treat really difficult orthodontic problems. I have been ...

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Sensitive Dentist Awards

Swords Orthodontics wins tweet of the night at Sensodyne Senstive Dentist Awards

Well Swords Orthodontics started the year at an awards ceremony, and we ended the year at another. This time it was the IDA-Sensodyne Sensitve Dentist awards. This is voted for by patients of a particular dentist, and there are two awards - one for Ireland's most sensitive dentist and one for the most sensitive dental team.

Swords Orthodontics with their prize champage at the Senstive Dentistry Awards.Right to Left: Bogdan, Donnchadh, Martina, Michelle, Brenda, Courtney, Gemma
 

Swords Orthodontics was a finalist for the most sensitive team, and Stephen Murray was a finalist for the most sensitive dentist. Although we didn't win, the ultimate ...

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