11 May -Beyond BDS – Exploring the Wider Role of Dentistry – King’s Dental Institute, London.

April 29, 2015 at 10:36 am 1 comment

By kind invitation of the Dean, Professor Dianne Rekow, this lecture was given to 20 final year students. The subjects covered were: the Airway, Posture, TMD and Movement Disorders. The Associate Dean, Professor Mark Woolford, has invited me to repeat this lecture next year to BDS level 5 students. He has remarked that it contained information that was useful to the students.

Professor Woolford is involved in the Sleep Disorder Clinic at Guy’s Hospital. I believe that there is a growing awareness that dentists could play a greater role in this area and that there is a need for more collaboration between the disciplines of medicine & dentistry and this view is strongly supported by Professor Rekow.

Omar Lalani, Vancouver, has a website: http://www.righttogrow.org, and he is endeavouring to raise awareness of some of the limitations of teenage orthodontic treatment. His personal story makes disturbing reading.

This link is to a paper published in the Angle Orthodontist . vol.51 No.3 July 1981 177-202 Dr James A. McNamara

Components of Class II Malocclusion in 8-10 Years of Age.

It concludes that few Class II cases have a protrusive maxilla and most are either neutral or retrusive.

Another interesting paper:

Sleep. 2014 Oct 28. pii: sp-00423-14. [Epub ahead of print]

Myofunctional Therapy to Treat Obstructive Sleep Apnea: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Camaco M, Certal V, Abdullatif J, Zaghi S,  Ruoff CM, Capasso R, Kushida CA.


Current literature demonstrates that myofunctional therapy decreases AHI (Apnea-Hypopnea Indices) by approximately 50% in adults and 62% in children. Lowest oxygen saturations, snoring, and sleepiness outcomes improve in adults. Myofunctional therapy could serve as an adjunct to other OSA treatments.

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  • 1. drhelenjones  |  May 11, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Charlie Lei Ding, final year student at King’s Dental Institute, London emailed this comment to me.”Thanks for the excellent talk today, fascinating subject.”


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