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The Twelve Suggestions

OK, I am not Moses, and this message is not Commandments from Mt. Sinai, but I am invested in a towering mountain of current knowledge that has converted my understanding of dentistry. I aspire to be a disciple of truth but must admit that truth is often the needle in the haystack, yet to be […]

Gnashing of Teeth

Interestingly, the Bible has quite a lot to say about the teeth. Song of Solomon expresses their beauty as a flock of cleanly washed sheep bearing twins which is correct anatomy and poetic allegory. Other passages both Old and New Testaments have a fearful connotation of life out of control marked by weeping and gnashing […]

Pillow Fight, A to ZZZZ

Believe it or not, your bed is a battle ground, but be glad the fight is on a mattress with pillows not up on “hacksaw ridge” strewn with rock and ruin and daytime nightmares. The battle going on at night for each of us is the tug of war going on between the parasympathetic and […]

“Whoa Nelly”

A rush to judgment with a very critical nature is smoldering in dentistry over the neglect of duty and responsibility of orthodontists to tender and render air way analysis and intervention at pre-school ages.   Admittedly, this age has not received orthodontic attention, not because of neglect of duty or ignorance of causative factors such […]

Tired Teenagers – Beating Their Ever Present Opponent – Fatigue

Honest to (St.) Pete, Kids are too tired these days, I see it every day, yet the folks that can do something about it are sleeping through the alarm clock and need to wake up and smell the caffeine our kids use to keep going. I have blogged about sleep deprivation used by military interrogators […]

Time & Tide

“Time and tide wait for no man”, yet “there is a tide when taken at the flood leads on to prosperity”, so the right time for things to happen is important and no more so than in orthodontics. As the development clock ticks, things that are supposed to happen on time can be interfered with […]

The Breath of Life

“And the Lord God breathed into his (Adam’s) nostrils the breath of life” Gen. 2:7 Notice “nostrils” (nose) not mouth, not lungs. We are made to breathe through our nose not mouth which is made for eating. Nasal breathing is essential for proper facial development and early mouth breathing at an early age changes facial […]

“The Nose Knows”

Having just returned from a Johns Hopkins/All Children’s Hospital Pediatric Sleep Conference, I once again, had some measure of pride in my orthodontic profession’s contribution to the understanding of facial development that is now being medically accepted as significant to quality of life. The very things that have been such important orthodontic considerations for at […]

The Top 20 Orthodontic Benefits For Your Children

Correct birth defects of the mouth- cleft lip and palate Prevent mouth deforming habits- thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip and nail biting Correct and prevent  accidents to teeth Correct sleep disturbance Breathing disorders- mouth breathing Air way restrictions- identifying tonsil and adenoid problems- age 3-5 Tooth protection form clenching and grinding habits Tooth protection for […]

Indisputable Facts About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea is difficult enough to treat properly with the collaboration of knowledgeable doctors and dentists as teams so don’t have a fool for a patient treating yourself because of what you saw or read or hear.