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Orthodontics Conversations Fortnite 17: When a dentist realises he's older than he thought

Stephen: Did you see that kid’s T-shirt?

Nurse: No

Stephen: It said “Floss like a boss”

Nurse: Oh. OK

Stephen: I think it’s great that they have T-shirts for 10 year olds with oral hygiene slogans. I think they wore that in specially because they were coming to orthodontist.

Nurse: Oh Steve. Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve. You are so not with it, aren’t you?

Stephen: So this had nothing to do with teeth, never mind interproximal, subgingival plaque removal?

Nurse: Steve, Steve, Steve. There are no words.

That’s how old I am. Plus I can remember Smokey and the Bandit on VHS.

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The Honest Dentist - Advertising in Dentistry in Ireland

Yesterday, I was talking about advertising salads and today I thought I'd briefly compare that to Advertising in Dentistry, in Ireland at least.

I guess both sets of adverts are subject to the regulation by Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland, but dentists are also regulated by The Dental Council of Ireland for most aspects of what they do - even extending beyond dentistry.

Up until fairly recently, advertising wasn't done by dentists. It was only starting to be permitted in the UK around the time I qualified, and I think in Ireland it was more recent than that. This is generally traced back to a report by the competition authority which recommended ...

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What lies beneath: Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Departments and Deep Dentistry

So today, I had to have a medical assessment for an insurance policy.

It was at Meridian Healthcare in Blanchardstown - I was very impressed at the care and attention from Dr Claire Cunningham and her nursing and admin colleagues. There was a multi-lead ECG connected to me while I walked on a treadmill that got faster and faster and steeper and steeper until I approached my maximum heart rate, there were also eye exams, height and weight measurements and various blood tests that were taken from me quite painlessly by a very skilled nurse. But the most unusual test for me, the one that stuck with me most was the ...

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Conversations: Week 10, March 2019

Parent: "My son's brace is broken again. I am not happy with this, that's the third time and the braces are only on 3 weeks. I don't think you've done a very good job here"

Swords Orthodontist: "What happened when the bracket came off?"

Patient: "Well I was eating a (insert well known brand name here) mint and it got stuck between my tooth and the wire of the brace so I tried to push it out of the way with the tooth brush and the bracket came off".

Parent: "He didn't tell me that."

Swords Orthodontist: "Do you remember when you got the braces on, and we gave you a list of foods that ...

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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) 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 time ...

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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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Dentistry, Suicide and the Stephen Hawking of Shred

This week Swords Orthodontics interrupted its usual activities on Friday, with a full day of training for all the team, except Brenda (who’d been on a similar day’s course last year) who stayed back at base to look after patient enquiries and get all the work done that can’t happen when the practice is in its normal busy mode.

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Stephen Murray and the team from Swords Orthodontics with dental business trainer Chris Barrow at a Your Smile Specialist event at the Carlton Hotel near Dublin Airport

 

When I parked the car, I saw a message in on my phone and checked it before ...

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