Spring Scientific visit to Vietnam

March 11, 2012 at 10:14 pm 2 comments

30 March – 10 April  Spring Scientific visit to Vietnam organised by the British Society for General Dental Practice and the Anglo-Asian Odontological Group.

The conference was held on 5 April in Hoi An. The title of the presentation was “The Osteopathy / TMJ Connection”.  After a short introduction Dr Brendan Stack’s 10 minute video on movement disorders was shown. It was first shown at the American Academy of  Craniofacial Pain Symposium in Baltimore in july 2011. This video shows patients with Tourettes, Cervical Dystonia and other movemnet disorders treated with an intra-oral orthotic.

 Dr Stephen Glass, a paediatric neurologist, states that this work demonstrates that there is a need for re-examination of how we treat these patients and to research why an orthotic can bring about such dramatic results.

My presentation went on to explain why early recognition and correction of craniofacial imbalance ie: retrognathic mandibles, narrow maxillas and TMJ dysfunction,  is so important. As dentists, we can impact on our patients’ general health. We should recognise the signs and be able to offer appropriate treatment options.  I believe that this is part of  our duty of care.

 6 March    –  A presentation about the Functional Orthodontic Support Group, the Cranio Group and the British Society for the Study of Cranio-Mandibular Disorders at Dr Derek Mahony’s Mini Residency,   BDA, 64 Wimpole Street, London. There are 30 participant on this course.

The FOSG gives advice and support, encourages co-operation between mainstream and non-mainstream orthodontists. All participants were encouraged to join the Practitioner Group of the British Orthodontic Society.

As a panelist for the Dental Complaints Service I received training in Resolution and this strategy has proved highly successful and is endorsed by Dental Protection.

Consent forms and the winter issue of the Cranio journal were made available to them. Anyone wishing to receive these can contact me through this website.

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The Osteopathic Centre for Children, South London London School of Osteopathy 12 May 2012

2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Ruby Austin  |  April 18, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    At the Spring Scientific Meeting of the British Society of Dental Surgery Dr. Helen Jones gave a scintillating lecture on the “Osteopathy/TMJ connection” This lecture was a first exposure for many a learned colleague in the audience on how craniofacial imbalance could result in severe effects on general health and how it could be treated by alternative therapy rather then conventional orthodontics or maxillo-facial surgery. The lecture generated an extraordinary amount of discussion.
    As there is no single modality of treatment for any medical condition I for one felt that we professionals have to have an open mind and accept that our patients must be given the choice of alternative treatments when conventional therapy has failed. The meeting ended with a thunderous applause for Dr. Jones for the courage of her conviction in defending her position against formidable questioning from the audience

    Ruby Austin MBE

  • 2. drhelenjones  |  April 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Rash Patel MGDSRCS also sent me an email saying that the talk was very thought provoking and we all need to think outside the box sometimes.


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