Breathe. Grow. Sleep. Dental Professionals CAN Change Overall Health!
Friday, May 7
Course Description: Dr. Courtney Richter will discuss the role that dental professionals can play in identifying congenital and negative environmental factors that can alter growth and development. She will show how tongue posture and open mouth breathing can affect faces and alignment of teeth. Finally, Dr. Richter will discuss how and when to refer young patients for co-therapy with other professionals to ensure proper intervention occurs before pediatric patients become symptomatic.
Dr. Carlton will follow with discussion of how to identify and properly treat adult patients if they are already experiencing symptoms of Sleep Breathing Disorders. He will review current trends and designs in Oral Appliances to properly treat these patients with or without bruxism and temporomandibular Dysfunction.
- The importance of recognizing and screening for congenital issues and negative environmental factors that affect tongue posture, facial development, and occlusion, as well as sleep disorders.
- The importance of proper intervention for prevention of poor oral posture, airway disorders, and ideal device selection for treatment of airway disorders.
- The future of co-therapy between hygienists, dentists, orthodontists, ENTs, and oral myofunctional therapists/trainers.