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I went to an incredible meeting this weekend in Chicago that was put on by the American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry (AAMPD). It was titled “The Silent Airway Connection” and it was incredible to meet so many doctors and dentists who look at the same things I do. They taught me so much, and gave me so much knowledge and practical information to take home and use with my own patients.

Mouth breathing, sleep apnea, and tongue thrust are all symptoms of a much bigger issue– an airway problem that can sometimes be cured with a dental night guard.

Our airway and ability to breathe are our lifelines! These dentists and doctors of the AAPMD approach their patients looking at the airway first and the alignment of  the teeth last. What an incredible concept!

I have included a video that the AAPMD has posted on their website about a boy named Connor Deegan. I had the honor of meeting Connor this weekend at the event, and was truly inspired by his story. After learning his story, I feel that I have a greater responsibility to take a close look at the signs and symptoms of airway issues in all of my patients.  We cannot allow kids like Connor to fall through the cracks of our healthcare system any more.

 

 
 

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