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New Continuing Professional Development Rules for Irish Dentists

This evening's Blog is mainly aimed at my colleagues. We're running Dental Photography Bootcamp again in Portmarnock and once again, we went about getting Verifiable Continuing Professional Development (vCPD) approval from the Dental Council of Ireland. We were informed that the Dental Council is updating its processes for CPD, and although at time of writing its website still uses terms like "verifiable CPD" it will now be differentiating between "STRUCTURED" and "SELF DIRECTED" CPD. I can't officially speak on behalf of the Dental Council, but I presume the instructions will be going out to Irish Dentists soon, and meantime, here's what I understand about the new instructions for dentists: you'll need to do...

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Dental Photography Bootcamp Is Back!

Tenn-shun!!!! Sir, yes, sir, it’s back,sir. Blood, sweat and tears and better dental photographs.* Dental Photography Bootcamp 2020 The small group practical workshop to get anyone started with the basics of Dental Photography. Stephen Murray of Swords Orthodontics is recruiting for a new intake at Dental Photography Bootcamp in April 2020 Why learn: You think that you need to take more photographs clinically but don’t know where to start, or you’re afraid you’ll get the wrong stuff, or it’ll cost too much OR You’re already taking pictures, but you’re not happy with the quality of them OR You want to delegate this to members of your team but haven’t the time to teach them yourself What we’ll cover: Equipment Accessories The classic 4 extral oral views The...

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Dental Photography in Dublin: The Cameras of Swords Orthodontics Part 2

Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ 70 This is the third Lumix DMC TZ (the TZ stands for Travel Zoom, apparently) that we’ve had in the practice. Although not an obvious choice for dental photography, its predecessor was very handy when we needed to shoot video and we didn’t have an SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera with video. It’s also handy for blogging situations like events when the camera on a phone isn’t suitable. The later models have a feature macro zoom which enables a limited capacity for dental photography but the flash is built into the body of the camera and not ideal for illuminating both sides of the mouth at the same...

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Dental Photography in Dublin: The Cameras of Swords Orthodontics Part 1

CANON EOS 450D The first digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) camera I bought, and still the one Michelle or I pick up every day at Swords Ortho to take intra-oral and extra-oral photos of a new patient or someone we’ve just finished ortho treatment for. Dozens of photos. Every day. Every week. Every month. Every year. Since 2010. Remarkable service. It’s outlasted the lens I bought with it. You can’t buy this new. The camera I bought to replace it in emergencies is still in the cupboard, waiting for the emergency to happen. It’s not unused (it’s our main camera for high quality video) but it’s also no longer in production by CANON and - you guessed it – it’s...

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