Swords Orthodontics
17 Main St, Swords, Co Dublin, Ireland


Orthodontic conversations July 2022

I had a patient with neurosensory issues in last week. We were planning to put the orthodontic braces on his teeth - we call that process "bonding" or a "bond-up".

Kid: What are you going to do to me today?

Me: Stick the braces on your teeth.

Is this going to hurt?

Me or you?

Me! Is it going to hurt me?

No, it's not going to hurt. You're going to have to have your mouth open for a while and your jaw muscles will feel a bit stretched, but it's not going to hurt. It's not like standing on Lego.

I'm immune to Lego.


Well, you can't argue with that.


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Baby friendly recipe ideas

Baby friendly recipe ideas


Here are some quick and easy tasty recipes for your little one. I started Harry with these recipes from about 6/7 months old. The finger food lunch ideas are great for their hand eye coordination and to encourage led weaning.


Egg Muffins

Ingredients: 2 large eggs, Handful of spinach, small cherry tomatoes 2-3 copped, ham 2 slices, Cheese 30g

Method: Blend up your ham, cheese, spinach in a food blender for about 10 seconds. Chop up your cherry tomatoes. Crack two eggs into a bowl, add in all the ingredients and mix. Add some oil to a muffin tray. Add the mixture to the muffin tray and ...

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Tips and advice for a Trip to Paris

I recently went to Paris for the first time. I went for five days and really enjoyed my time there. Here is my experience and my tips and tricks if you are thinking about going yourself.

Booking in advance

  • Paris is a very popular tourist spot so even before going on your trip make sure you book what restaurants and attractions that you want to go to and see. E.g When I went to Disneyland, I booked my ticket a month in advance and I’m glad I did as when I attended the park there was signs saying the park is full and you cannot buy a ticket on the day.
  • I also ...

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Homemade water mat sensory toy for babies

Homemade water mat sensory toy for babies

Sensory toys are perfect for both children and adults and their development. Sensory toys offer the opportunity for children to get engaged and explore their surroundings which is essential to their brain development. Children that are involved in sensory play, engage their senses which helps them develop their ability to grasp concepts and retain information, acquire gross motor skills, and enhance social interactions. When I had my little boy in July, we both attended sensory classes every week and I felt it was a huge benefit to both myself and Harry. (I’ll leave her site below for anyone interested in looking into them) ...

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Food to avoid with fixed braces on

There are many hard, crunchy, sticky and chewy food to avoid with braces on as they can cause parts of the brace to break and come off.

These foods include:

  • Hard sweets e.g Toffee, Caramels, Boiled sweets, chewing gum. Alternative option would be chocolate but let it melt in the mouth of break off with your hand and chew using the back teeth.
  • Hard breads e.g French baguette, crust on toast, crust on pizza, garlic bread. Alternative option would be a soft wrap and to avoid as best as you can to eat the crust on toast and pizza or cut it up into small piece and use the back teeth.
  • Apple, pears and ...

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Tips for brushing your Toddler's teeth

Looking after toddlers teeth

We all know how important is it to look after your teeth, but when it comes to toddlers it can be quite a difficult task. Here are some tips to help you and your toddler keep their little teeth clean and cavity free:


  • Buy them a toothbrush with one of their favourite character ( Minnie, mickey mouse, minons) or even something bright that will catch their eye
  • Books or Tv shows that show characters brushing their teeth is always a big hit with my toddler. She loves to copy them and it really helps
  • Get your toddler to practice brushing teeth on their dolly or favourite toy
  • When your toddler is ...

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Are you Going on holiday? This is what you will need!

It can take a bit of time to get used to wearing braces and they may irritate the mouth and gums at first.  However taking care of your own teeth or your child’s teeth and mouth and getting them to care for their braces - whilst you’re travelling should be simple with these handy essentials:

  • A travel toothbrush
  • Dental floss or inter Dental brushes - waxed floss might be easier to get between teeth and less likely to break when working around your braces.
  • Orthodontic wax to help ease irritation inside the mouth - this can be provided by your orthodontist – Its always a good idea to take lots of this with ...

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