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Prevent Crooked Teeth Campaign

For decades crooked teeth have been accepted as just bad luck – a genetic inevitability that often requires extractions and fixed braces. This is seen almost as a rite of passage for teenagers. However, there is increasing awareness that such treatment can exacerbate obstructive sleep apnoea and TMJ disorders, leaving people with a lifetime of health problems.

The petition has 15,184 signatures to date, 12July 2020.

This is a global petition so anyone can sign.

I do hope that many of you reading this will want to get involved.

July 4, 2020 at 11:06 am Leave a comment

Working Towards a Common Goal


This excellent Zoom Presentation on Facebook, 17 May, Sunday 07.00 Queensland time & Saturday 16,May, 22.00 UK.

Dr David McIntosh, ENT surgeon, associate professor, Queensland, Australia, and Dr Bill Harrell, Orthodontist with an interest in Dental Sleep Medicine, Alabama,USA, discussed the roles which each of them could perform to improve a patient’s airway. This integrative approach to treatment has been completely overlooked as dentistry and medicine advanced but along separate pathways.

The connection between a compromised airway and health issues has been recognised for many years. Dr McIntosh recalls that Joe, the fat boy, in Charles Dickens’ Pickwick Papers, presents with a sleep disturbance which later became known as “obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome”.

Sleep disorder breathing (SDB) results in lowered blood oxygenation leading to reduced brain activity.

During nasal breathing nitric acid from the paranasal sinuses is added to the air. This substance has a multitude of roles in the working of the body and one of significance is its affect on the growth hormone. Mouth breathing misses out on this most important compound.

Methods of treatment were discussed and the role of CPAP together with Oral Advancement Therapy was found to be a good combination as it reduced the reliance on the CPAP machine, which many patients find uncomfortable or impractical on a full time basis.

The message was:

– Screen routinely for Sleep Disordered Breathing.

– Correct the airway early & establish nasal breathing – 50% of facial growth is completed by the age of 5, 80% by 8 & 90% by 12-14.

– Medicine and Dentistry should be working together to fulfil these goals.

It’s time to put the mouth back in the body.


May 17, 2020 at 11:13 am 2 comments

Dr Derek Mahony’s recent video

Here is the link:
Dr Derek Mahony explains that when there is a skeletal or muscular imbalance early interceptive treatment is so important for the health of that child.

April 25, 2020 at 10:39 am Leave a comment

The new College of General Dentistry

The new College of General Dentistry is asking for your support. This initiative, promoted by Professor Nairn Wilson and the Faculty of General Dental Practice, will launch in 2020.

In January 2017 a joint article by Dr Mikako Hayashi, Osaka University, and Professor Nairn Wilson was published on the Opinion page of the British Dental Journal.

“ Medical authorities should encourage doctors, dentists, and other healthcare professionals to cooperate closely in daily clinical practice, education, and research to promote an inter-professional wellness regime—especially given their common interest in conditions such as diabetes and obesity, linked through sugar intake and (un)healthy eating.”

With this integrated approach to treatment being made a cornerstone of their mandate, it is my belief that we would do well to get involved and help drive this project forward.

“By registering as a Supporter, you will be adding your name to our growing list of people who believe that now is the time for general dentistry to be given the standing of its own medical college. By registering, you can also receive updates on our progress in founding the College.”

General dental practitioners, dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental technicians are being asked to give their support.

For the time being the college will be housed within the Royal College of Surgeons in London but in due course it is the intention to move to a separate location and pursue a Royal Charter. This will bring it in line with our medical colleagues and will raise the standing of general dental practice as a discipline in its own right.

This has been a long term ambition of Professor Nairn Wilson, CBE FDS, FFGDP, FFD, FKC. He is the Honorary Professor of Dentistry, former Professor of Restorative Dentistry and Dean and Head of King’s College London Dental Institute from 2001 until 2012.



December 16, 2019 at 10:28 am Leave a comment

As I live and breathe

As I live and breathe

Vogue magazine September 2019

This was the issue with guest editor, Meghan Markle, HRH the Duchess of Sussex. The main theme was “Strong Women” and pictured 15 examples on the front cover. Vogue also has features on Wellness & Beauty.

Kathleen Baird-Murray  entitles her article “ As I live and breathe” . It includes comments and advice by Augusto Vegas, a breathing expert and the co-founder of Survival Apnea.

In his own words:

“Breathing too much or too little, in any situation, will limit performance and have negative effects on health “.

Vegas points out that we are all prone to “over-breathing”- the term he gives to a reliance on our ribs and chest muscles instead of the diaphragm.

As a surfer, Vegas practised his breathing technique initially to improve his stamina and resilience in the water, but quickly realised how much it positively affected his daily life.

So the message about breathing is out there. What we need to do is to get the even more important message across to the general pubic that establishing nasal breathing in the young is paramount to their wellbeing.

You can read the whole article by following this link.

December 16, 2019 at 10:12 am Leave a comment

Interceptive Orthodontics

Dr Howard Farran interviews Dr Derek Mahony on Interceptive Orthodontics. This video also includes descriptions of technical advancement which have made adult treatment more acceptable. Topics discussed are more aesthetic options and shorter treatment times.

new techniques now available for adult treatment.


August 19, 2019 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

The Benefits of Early Treatment

* The MARA appliance is one of several that are used for early correction.

Dr Derek Mahony’s YouTube channel.



* Below is a section taken from the journal of the American Association of Orthodontics and Dento-Facial Orthopedics, July 2016 by the editor-in-Chief, Dr Rolf G Behrents.

One phase of two – For example, there is now clear and compelling evidence that early treatment for the first of two phases should be performed when a patient has protruding maxillary incisors. Such treatment is justified because reducing the protrusion protects the incisors from trauma and also improves esteem and social adjustment. This is simple to explain to patients and parents and is justified by the available evidence.”


* The Dispatches programme on Extraction versus Non – Extraction treatment.    cut & paste

August 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm Leave a comment

Airway Dentistry – an interesting interview

Dr Ted Belfor is a dentist prectising in New York. He recently gave this interview which gives an excellent account of how various elements in the body are interdependent and the importance of the airway.

Future Tech Podcast – 19 April 2019

June 14, 2019 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Mouth Breathing in Children – new video

New video by Dr German Ramirez-Yanez.

This explains the negative impact on facial growth and well being that results from mouth breathing.

Crowding of the teeth occurs because of the reduced space of the oral cavity.

May 11, 2019 at 9:02 am Leave a comment

ITV ” This Morning” 6 May Interview with Dr Mike Mew.

The title was “Give yourself a DIY facelift………with your tongue.

Dr Mike Mew explains the technique of “Mewing” which can improve the jaw line. Although this can be achieved at any age with enough effort, more dramatic changes take place in the young children while facial growth is still taking place.

May 10, 2019 at 5:11 pm Leave a comment

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