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The Last Normal Photo

There was a phrase trending on twitter recently: #lastnormalphoto. The idea was that you’d share the last picture you took before lock down. At first I thought they meant any photo not dealing with teeth, because it’s not normal to take photos of teeth…..is it? But they meant photos taken before lockdown all kicked off.

Strangely, my last “normal” photo was teeth related. By coincidence it was taken on February 29th, an unusual day at the best of times, and on this particular February 29th, the first Covid case was reported in Ireland. I was unaware of that at the time, as I’d spent the day at an Invisalign course and ...

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Swords Orthodontics is Reopening Part III: You

Hi there

First of all, a big thanks from me and everyone here at Swords Ortho for your patience and understanding at what’s been going on over the last 9 weeks....and more importantly, what wasn’t going on – specifically regular orthodontic treatments.

Two weeks after the first recorded coronavirus case in Ireland, on the day before St Patrick’s Day, I made the decision that it was the safest thing for our patients to stop performing routine orthodontics at the practice. We’ve been seeing patients every week since if they had ortho emergencies and problems that couldn’t wait until we reopen and we couldn’t manage with phone advice, but by and large it ...

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Swords Orthodontics Getting Ready to Re-Open Part II: The Virus and the Nation

It’s over a month since the government brought in the serious lockdown measures and last Friday, it announced its plan to gradually lift the restrictions in 5 phases. For our part, Swords Orthodontics has been seeing patients in pain or distress  but we haven’t been conducting regular orthodontics. We’re looking forward to getting back to treating people and we’ve been spending the time getting ready for it. 

We don’t have the information from the government as to when and how dentistry resumes but that will be one of the last bits of the jigsaw to go in. I can imagine that everyone is looking forward to the restrictions easing - at ...

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Swords Orthodontics Getting Ready to Re-Open Part 1: Us

It’s about 6 weeks since I took the decision to postpone seeing patients for routine orthodontic treatment at Swords Orthodontics. I did this because I felt it was the safest thing to do for my patients and my team, given that Ireland was heading into its coronavirus challenge.

We didn’t really close but it’s certainly not normal service at the practice. My team are busy working from home, still staying in touch with patients, helping and advising patients with their enquiries and directing others to me for specific clinical advice. We have arranged to see a few patients with serious problems that can’t be sorted out over the phone.

It’s strange when ...

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Will any good come out of the coronavirus?

I think it may be like a war or other drivers of innovation. Every day I on my news feed, I see reports of clothes manufacturers diverting their activity to making surgical scrubs but also companies, individuals, schools coming up with ideas for 3D printing devices to help make protective visors or components for ventilators or equipment.

One upon a time our tools were stones and bones and sticks, then we moved on to bronze then iron. Wood can be put to a lot of purposes but it requires its own tools depending on what you want to do with it. Metals require even more complicated tools and equipment to work ...

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Thoughts on Dracula and the corona virus

This week I am reading Dracula by Bram Stoker.

I loved the movie by Francis Coppola (anything that involves Winona Ryder assuming the surname Murray gets my attention without delay) - and bought the book shortly afterwards, but never got around to reading it. Surprisingly (to me) for something written in 1897, it has very readable language and structure.

Obviously, it has to involve some of the most famous teeth in fiction but although I’m early into it, one line stuck in my mind – when the hero, Jonathan Harker sees Count Dracula stick his head out the wind he realises

“I was at first interested and somewhat amused, for it is ...

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