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Tooth decay is on the increase

Just a brief blog today - I read in Irish Independent this week that there is an increase in the rate of tooth decay in children since the cutbacks to the HSE and dentistry began a few years ago. Previously, there were routine dental examinations in second, fourth and sixth class, and now it's often only in sixth class. 

This can mean things are too late for preventive dentistry and the patient with tooth decay is more likely to have restorative treatment instead, or even emergency treatment for relief of pain. And if that's the first time you meet your dentist, it's unlikely to lead to a positive association with dentists ...

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I want to be elected! What difference does a smile make to voting?

"I wanna be elected" was a song by Alice Cooper, who's one of the few rockers of his time that I enjoy listening to but never actually have seen in concert. When I was studying orthodontics in the UK, he came to my town, but was sold out before I could get a ticket. I have a cousin in Arizona who has played golf with him, though!

I digress. This week we had European and local elections in Ireland. I didn't want to blog about the dental dimension to it until after the event, and hopefully there'll still be some posters up to illustrate my thoughts so I can take a ...

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€500 off Invisalign until the end of May 2014

Yes it's true.

Invisalign is a great new way to give patients a better smile. It uses a removable plastic sleeve around the teeth that's practically transparent so most people don't notice you're wearing it. And since it's removable, you can take it out for special occasions as well as everyday things like eating and cleaning your teeth.

It might be that you have always been interested in improving your smile, or it might be that you had orthodontics when you were younger and the result has slipped a bit and you'd like it back to its best. Either way, we can probably help you, ...

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From Swords to New Orleans to learn new Invisalign techniques

So once the American Association of Orthodontists' conference (AAO 2014) got underway in New Orleans, we were presented with a great opportunity - to meet the area's top Invisalign operator, Dr Gotsegen. The Swords Ortho team and another Irish orthodontist (who's also a member of the Smile Revolution specialist group) met up with the local Invisalign team who were also at the AAO at their own exhibition stand and we headed out to Dr Gotsegen's practice.

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Apart from Orthodontics Conferences, what can you do in New Orleans?

New Orleans is the main city in the state of Louisiana, and surrounded by water – Lake Ponchtrain to one side and the Mississippi river to the other, and much of it is barely above sea level (hence the flooding when Hurricane Katrina struck). Once you get out of the city centre, there’s this expanse of very low lying land and marsh mixed with stretches of very shallow water, and trees and bushes and vegetation as far as the eye can see blurring the distinction between land and water. And for the tourists like myself, there’s lots and lots of alligators.

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Welcome to New Orleans, location of AAO 2014, the American Orthodontists' Conference

When you fly into New Orleans, you arrive at Louis Armstrong International Airport. Strangely enough, there’s a Louis Armstrong Stadium in the Queen’s district of New York because that’s where he actually lived for much of his life, but the association of New Orleans, Louis Armstrong and Jazz is clearly too good to pass up, so Louis Armstrong Airport it is.

It’s a bit like the airport in Liverpool getting named after John Lennon, even though he lived in New York for about half his adult life. On the other hand, the airport actually in New York is named after John F Kennedy, who was from a different place altogether.

Along with ...

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