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Stephen Murray from Swords Orthodontics is interviewed for Dentaltown by Howard Farran

Stephen was interviewed for Dentaltown last week - this is a big deal for Stephen and Swords Orthodontics. Dentaltown is the biggest dentistry-related podcast and blogcast station in the world and they run their own newspapers for dentists and award ceremonies for the industry and the like. There haven't been many Irish dentists on the station (Richard Lee Kin from Mint Clinic has been on) so it was a big honour even to be asked.

Howard and I bump into each other on Twitter now and again, and he invited me a couple of years ago, but I finally ...

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Our Year in review

2019 Was a great year all around at Swords Orthodontics.

Here is a few of the highlights that have happened to us last year 2019..

Aesthetic dentistry awards.

In March we travelled to London for the aesthetic dentistry awards ceremony. It was held in the Landmark hotel which is a stunning setting as always. All of the team were very eager this year as we had worked really hard in 2018 and were very hopeful we would win an award so when our names were called three times for three separate awards we were all delighted. We won Best aesthetic practice Ireland, Interdisciplinary team orthodontic surgical and orthodontics child teenager fixed.

The baby boom

We ...

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You can't out-train a bad diet

You can't out train a bad diet

It's a phrase I picked up on an exercise video on YouTube, but I imagine the idea has been there for a long time before the internet was with us.

A few weeks ago I bought some airport-sized Toblerone bars for the team at Swords Ortho (don't tell the dentistry police). The ladies of Swords Orthodontics are particularly fond of white Toblerone, but for a bit of variety I got a mild chocolate/coconut one as well. It's a practice rule that I am forbidden to tell anyone what the calorie count is for a single triangle of this Swiss marvel.

I can tell the blog readers ...

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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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A thought about a very famous Murray - Murray Gell-Mann and the Gell-Mann Effect

A colleague of mine gave me a text last week to tell me that Murray Gell-Mann had died.

He's not exactly a house hold name, but within his field (extreme theoretical physics) he was a legend. I had heard of him in passing as he appears on the periphery of the legend of Richard Feynmann, a physicist who became a bit of a cult figure around the same time as Gell-Mann and of course, the name stood out to me.

There's a list of things in physics that he's famous for, and I don't understand most of them but his name is also connected to something that's not specific to physics - ...

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