A team from Brazil did this trial. The AJO-DDO published the paper.

Effect of treatment of transverse maxillary deficiency using rapid palatal expansion on oral health-related quality of life in children: A randomized controlled trial.

Matheus Pithon et al.  AJO-DDO in press.

Professor Kevin O’Brien recently reviewed this paper on his blog and his summing up was as follows:

“Now and then, a team of investigators publishes an excellent paper. This new report outlines a trial that provides us with clinically important information on the effects of RPE.

Finally, I think that this paper should be widely read and quoted. It should reinforce our practice.”

Donald J Timms, ENT, & Michael J Trenouth, Consultant Orthodontist at the Royal Preston Hospital, carried out similar research in the late 80s and 90s and came to the same conclusion. My only comment is that there are less invasive ways in which to carry out this development.

December 4, 2021 at 11:44 am Leave a comment

International College of Dentistry

I am delighted and I feel very privileged to be a fellow of the International College of Dentistry. This is an amazing organisation that delivers humanitarian aid to so many areas around the world.

November 25, 2021 at 10:01 pm Leave a comment

Breathing is in the News Again!

Take a deep breath: it’s now prescribed by the NHS” – That was the headline of an article in the Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2021 which was written by Gavin Newsham. A further caption was “Most people are simply not aware they’re breathing poorly – and how that may affect their health.”

This article also refers to James Nestor’s excellent book: Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art and goes on to say – “Nestor says many modern ailments can be blamed on bad breathing, which in turn is largely a result of how humans have evolved to have smaller mouths, thus smaller airways.

Surely it is time that the role of dentofacial orthopaedics/orthotropics is given proper recognition and included in the undergraduate dental training programme.

November 23, 2021 at 12:50 pm Leave a comment

The New Definition of Oral Health and Relationship between Oral Health and Quality of Life – Patrick Hescot.

This article appeared in the Chinese Journal of Dental Research, 2017 . The author was President of the FDI and Expert for the World Health Organisation.

Click to access cjdr_20_4_hescot_p189.pdf

Oral health-related quality of life (OHRQOL) is a relatively new but rapidly growing notion. The concept of OHRQOL can become a tool to understand and shape not only the state of clinical practice, dental research and dental education but also that of community at large and genomic information.

This is based on a paradigmatic shift toward a patient-centred, bio- psychosocial approach to oral healthcare. 

November 15, 2021 at 5:43 pm Leave a comment

The Osteopathic Centre for Children, London.

13 November 2021: This was my 13th annual presentation to the OCC. “The Effect of Jaw Problems on the Rest of the Body – Exploring the wider role of dentistry and child health.” It was again by zoom.   Students of the OCC were joined with a number of osteopaths from various countries, eg: Brazil, South Africa, Singapore, and Italy. For those unable to attend the live event and for future teaching purposes, it was recorded. This session raised a considerable sum of money for this most worthwhile charity.

The presentation stressed the importance of good facial development in order to attain optimal nasal & pharyngeal airways and good posture. Osteopaths have an important role to play in monitoring this development and avoiding future problems.

November 13, 2021 at 3:08 pm 2 comments

Dr Derek Mahony introduces sleep physician, Dr Jim Papadopoulos.

November 9, 2021 at 2:19 pm Leave a comment

Dr Derek Mahony introduces ENT Surgeon Professor Narinder Singh

November 8, 2021 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

The new College of General Dentistry

Launched 21st October 2021

Developing a college for the 21st century:

Committed to patients’ interests

Authoritative thought leadership in holistic oral healthcare

Promoting inter-professional medical care

Defining career pathways and cultivating a passion for learning

Nurturing excellence in practice, with integrity

Team-oriented and inclusive

This event took place in the Barber-Surgeons’ Hall, Monkwell Square, London.

King Henry VIII gave the charter to celebrate the Act of Union between the Company of Barbers and the Guild or Fellowship of Surgeons in 1540 so it is fitting that the launch of this college should take place in this auspcious building.

October 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm Leave a comment

Dr Tom Pitts introduces his revolutionary system

This system, using fixed appliances, is so much more than straight teeth.

October 3, 2021 at 12:51 pm Leave a comment

Preventive Orthodontics

The Myobrace System addresses many of the underlying causes which ultimately result in crooked teeth.

This website describes how these appliances work and how interceptive treatment can be introduced in children s young as 3 years old.

September 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm Leave a comment

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