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Why don't people go to the dentist?

This is a quick blog post today about regular dentistry, not so much specialist orthodontics. I read an interesting article here, about huge numbers of people in the UK not going to the dentist. About half of adults, and 40% of children, haven't been to the dentist in a couple of years.

half of UK adults haven't been to a dentist in 2 years.

Now you might say that this is no big deal, but here's the thing. It was widely reported earlier in the year that the main reason young children are admitted to hospital is tooth decay. Now tooth decay is a preventable ...

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Two Stephen Murrays and an International Poetry Team, please. To go.

How many Stephen Murrays are too many? Indeed, what actually is the plural of Stephen Murray - is it Stephen Murrays, or Stephens Murray? And how did Swords Orthodontics end up sponsoring an international slam poetry team?

It sort of started when I got an email asking me to perform my poetry at a festival in Galway. I didn't have any poetry to perform. Now it might have been fun to bluff my way onto the bill, but I might have been caught out relatively soon.

I discovered the basis for the error when my internet connection needed technical support and the guy on the phone advised me to type my own ...

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San Francisco to Germany via Indiana Jones

Stephen Murray from Swords Orthodontics visited more movie locations at AAO 2015 in San Francisco

Just a brief blog today on some more movie connections that I found while at the American Association of Orthodontists meeeting AAO 2015 in San Francisco. I took a bus tour from Union Square and there was a statue dedicated to Yoda with the message "Do or do not. There is no try". 

Stephen Murray finds the Yoda sign at San Francisco's Union Square


Stephen Murray visits the Yoda sign in Union Square San Francisco

On the tour we encountered part of the studio facilities of George Lucas, the guy who invented Star Wars, right in the middle of San ...

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San Francisco - Orthodontics and the movies

Dr Stephen Murray looks at some movie locations in San Francisco ahead of his attendance at AAO 2015

San Francisco at the movies!

Sorry for anyone looking for orthodontics in this blog entry - there isn't much about teeth, just movies....

As a kid, I used to see the start credits of The Streets of San Francisco on TV, then it was time for bed as the show wasn't nearly as much fun as the opening titles. It was the test transmission when RTE 2 TV was about to start, and it was a legendary show in one channel Ireland. There was a voice over at the start, which you don't really have these days: "The Streets of San Francisco, a Quinn Martin Production. Starring Karl Malden and Michael Douglas. ...

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Out and about in San Francisco

Dr Stephen Murray takes a look at San Francisco, the venue for this year's AAO meeting

If you're going to San Francisco...

I tend to get wiped out by jet lag, so if I am travelling any distance for a conference or course, I try and get in a day or two beforehand to get on local time so that I can get the best out of the event. Since the American Association of Orthodontists 2015 meeting is in a city with an 8 hour time difference, I took a bit of time out to get used to things and had a look around the city.

The most famous things there are probably The Golden Gate bridge and Alcatraz, but it is also the location for many famous ...

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AAO 2015 in San Francisco

Dr Stephen Murray and his team headed to San Francisco for AAO 2015

AAO at San Francisco 2015

The American Association of Orthodontists move their conference around the USA and this year it was in San Francisco. When I was a kid, there was a TV show called The Streets of San Francisco which is where I heard of it first. I remember finding it on my light up globe of the world bedside light, and noticing it was "near" Los Angeles which was one of the other cities I knew in American, but not very near New York or Washington.

George Moscone Center, the venue of AAO 2015

The conference was at the San Francisco Moscone Center. If you ...

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AAO 2015 - the greatest show on earth (for straight teeth)

Swords Orthodontics Team attends the biggest orthodontics conference in the world, AAO 2015

Let's Go to San Francisco!

Yep, destination for the hippies of the world in the summer of love back in the 1960's, San Francisco is now the convergence points for orthodontists from every corner of the globe for the biggest orthodontics conference on the planet, the American Association of Orthodontists' annual meeting, AAO 2015.

As you know, Swords Orthodontics likes to stay up to date with what is going on in the specialty of orthodontics and what new ideas and equipment and materials are available, so Dr Murray and his three nurses attended the event.

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