Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Sleep Wrecked Kids: Helping Parents Raise Happy, Healthy Kids, One Sleep at a Time – Sharon Moore

Kids often suffer unknowingly from the consequences of sleep problems because their issue is frequently missed or dismissed by both health professionals and parents.

Sleep disorders are a major public health issue that can kick start a lifetime pattern of health, behavior, and learning problems. From ages 4-10, at least 25 percent of kids have sleep problems. Sleep Wrecked Kids guides parents towards good sleep as the norm, allowing themselves and their children to grow and thrive. Speech pathologist and myofunctional practitioner Sharon Moore teaches parents why ‘bad sleep’ is connected to a myriad of health problems, what ‘good sleep’ actually means, how to identify red flags for sleep problems, how to improve sleep quality by improving airway health, and so much more! Parents are empowered to not only get more sleep themselves but also to help their children get the sleep they need―every night.

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art – James Nestor

No matter what you eat, how much you exercise, how skinny or young or wise you are, none of it matters if you’re not breathing properly.

There is nothing more essential to our health and well-being than breathing: take air in, let it out, repeat twenty-five thousand times a day. Yet, as a species, humans have lost the ability to breathe correctly, with grave consequences.

Journalist James Nestor travels the world to figure out what went wrong and how to fix it. The answers aren’t found in pulmonology labs, as we might expect, but in the muddy digs of ancient burial sites, secret Soviet facilities, New Jersey choir schools, and the smoggy streets of São Paulo. Nestor tracks down men and women exploring the hidden science behind ancient breathing practices like Pranayama, Sudarshan Kriya, and Tummo and teams up with pulmonary tinkerers to scientifically test long-held beliefs about how we breathe.

Modern research is showing us that making even slight adjustments to the way we inhale and exhale can jump-start athletic performance, rejuvenate internal organs, halt snoring, asthma, and autoimmune disease, and even straighten scoliotic spines. None of this should be possible, and yet it is.

Drawing on thousands of years of medical texts and recent cutting-edge studies in pulmonology, psychology, biochemistry, and human physiology, Breath turns the conventional wisdom of what we thought we knew about our most basic biological function on its head. You will never breathe the same again.

JAWS: The Story of a Hidden Epidemic – Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich

There’s a silent epidemic in western civilization, and it is right under our noses. Our jaws are getting smaller and our teeth crooked and crowded, creating not only aesthetic challenges but also difficulties with breathing. Modern orthodontics has persuaded us that braces and oral devices can correct these problems. While teeth can certainly be straightened, what about the underlying causes of this rapid shift in oral evolution and the health risks posed by obstructed airways?

Sandra Kahn and Paul R. Ehrlich, a pioneering orthodontist and a world-renowned evolutionist, respectively, present the biological, dietary, and cultural changes that have driven us toward this major health challenge. They propose simple adjustments that can alleviate this developing crisis, as well as a major alternative to orthodontics that promises more significant long-term relief. Jaws will change your life. Every parent should read this book.

The Cause and Cure of Malocclusion – John Mew

There is little consensus amongst orthodontists on either the cause or cure of malocclusion. Despite this, a relatively uniform type of treatment has developed in many parts of the world, involving the extraction of some teeth, followed by fixed mechanics to align the remainder. This mix has some unfortunate side-effects and a tendency to relapse in the long-term. It has also been severely criticized by world-renowned scientists, such as Lisle Johnston, because it is “At bottom largely an empirical process that is little influenced by theory inferred from any of the life sciences.”

In 1981 and 2004, Professor Mew published a new hypothesis for the etiology of malocclusion, suggesting it was primarily due to increased vertical growth precipitated by current lifestyles and can be cured by correcting oral posture. If this hypothesis is correct, and it has never been seriously challenged on scientific grounds, then it calls into question the basis on which most orthodox treatment is conducted. Despite this, a relatively uniform type of treatment has developed in many parts of the world, involving the extraction of some teeth, followed by fixed mechanics to align the remainder. This mix has some unfortunate side-effects and a tendency to relapse in the long-term.

There is clear evidence to show that most current treatment increases vertical growth and that vertical growth damages facial appearance. This is probably the single greatest concern within orthodontics, and so far, no method has been able to demonstrate an effective long-term solution. To overcome this problem, Mew developed Orthotropics®, an entirely new concept of treatment using simple appliances to take the maxilla forward and then training the patient to correct their oral posture and muscle tone so that the teeth can align themselves.

Recent scientific research has provided powerful evidence that Orthotropics® is currently the only method that can convert vertical to horizontal growth, obtain long term dental stability, and gain the greatest improvement in facial appearance. This provides an interesting opportunity for many pediatric and general dentists who could provide this treatment for 5 to 8-year children.

The Oxygen Advantage: Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques to Help You Become Healthier, Slimmer, Faster – Patrick McKeown

A simple yet revolutionary approach to improving your body’s oxygen use, increasing your health, weight loss, and sports performance—whether you’re a recovering couch potato or an Ironman triathlon champion. With a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Dr. Joseph Mercola.

Achieve more with less effort: The secret to weight loss, fitness, and wellness lies in the most basic and most overlooked function of your body—how you breathe. One of the biggest obstacles to better health and fitness is a rarely identified problem: chronic over-breathing. We often take many more breaths than we need—without realizing it—contributing to poor health and fitness, including a host of disorders, from anxiety and asthma to insomnia and heart problems.

In The Oxygen Advantage, the man who has trained over 5,000 people—including Olympic and professional athletes—in reduced breathing exercises now shares his scientifically validated techniques to help you breathe more efficiently. Patrick McKeown teaches you the fundamental relationship between oxygen and the body, then gets you started with a Body Oxygen Level Test (BOLT) to determine how efficiently your body uses oxygen. He then shows you how to increase your BOLT score by using light breathing exercises and learning how to simulate high altitude training, a technique used by Navy SEALs and professional athletes to help increase endurance, weight loss, and vital red blood cells to dramatically improve cardio-fitness.

Following his program, even the most out-of-shape person (including those with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma) can climb stairs, run for a bus, or play soccer without gasping for air, and everyone can achieve:

  • Easy weight loss and weight maintenance
  • Improved sleep and energy
  • Increased concentration
  • Reduced breathlessness during exercise
  • Heightened athletic performance
  • Improved cardiovascular health

With The Oxygen Advantage, you can look better, feel better, and do more—it’s as easy as breathing.

SOS 4 TOTS – Lawrence Kotlow DDS

Exposing the myths about breastfeeding and healing the heartbreak to make breastfeeding a joy.

Dr. Kotlow, a board-certified specialist in pediatric dentistry, has been serving the needs of infants and children from birth through the early teen-aged years since 1974. His practice specializes in preventive dentistry, newborn and infant care, the use of lasers for restoring decayed teeth, and oral surgery. His work with mothers and infants with breastfeeding difficulties due to tethered oral tissues (tongue-ties and lip-ties) is respected worldwide. His practice, located in Albany, New York, serves the dental needs of all children, including special needs children. He is a recognized international expert and lecturer on the use of lasers in treating children and pediatric dental care.

“As a parent who has had two children with tongue and lip ties, and as a clinician who has seen many patients struggling with the effects of both, it’s been hard to find comprehensive, thorough and easy to understand information on tongue and lip ties. This book is an excellent resource for dentists, obstetrician-gynecologists, midwives, lactation consultants, pediatricians, and parents who are looking for more information about how tongue/lip ties affect breastfeeding, speech, dental development, and overall pediatric health. Dr. Kotlow has put it all into one convenient place!” —Heather Lane, CNM, MSN

Tongue Tied – Richard Baxter

Chances are, you or someone you know is affected by a tongue-tie.

Common, yet little understood, tongue-ties can lead to a myriad of problems, including difficulty when nursing, speaking, or eating. In the most crucial and formative parts of children’s lives, tongue-ties have a significant effect on their well-being. Many parents and professionals alike want to know what can be done and how best to treat these patients and families.

And now, there are answers.

Starting with a broad history of tongue-ties, this invaluable guide covers 21st-century assessment techniques and treatment options available for tethered oral tissues. Various accounts of patient challenges and victories are prominently featured as well. With the proper diagnosis and treatment, tethered oral tissues can be released with minimal discomfort, resulting in lives free of struggles during nursing, speaking, and feeding, while also reducing the incidence of dental issues, headaches, and even neck pain for children through adults.

Aimed at both parents and professionals, Tongue-Tied encourages those affected while providing reassuring and valuable information. Dr. Baxter and his qualified team have pooled their expertise to make a difference in the lives of people. No longer will young patients and their parents suffer without answers.

Our Skulls Are Out-Evolving Us – Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Over the past 250 years, our skulls have been evolving. The changes that have occurred may be causing more harm than good though. This means that people now have crooked teeth and overbites. People are also dealing with shrunken nasal airways. Skeletons from 300 years ago have a more “perfect” skull that’s designed to function as it should. One of the major ways that the evolution of our skulls is impacting us is by affecting our sleep. When baby teeth are lost, there’s little room for adult teeth to come in. This causes alignment issues and then leads to sleep problems.

Pediatric obstructive sleep apnea and the critical role of oral-facial growth: evidences – Yu-Shu Huang and Christian Guilleminault

If you have heard about sleep apnea, you may be familiar with some of the risk factors. For example, sleep apnea affects older obese people. It also affects males more often than females. This can lead to some confusion about why children suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. Children who do not have any of the obvious risk factors, such as being obese, may have an underlying disorder of oral-facial growth. The way that the skull is shaped may be contributing to obstructive sleep apnea in children.

Maxillary transverse deficiency – James A. McNamara

Rapid maxillary expansion (RME) is used by orthodontists to correct crossbites. It has been effective treating crossbites so far, but it has not been used for many other procedures. Maxillary deficiency, on the other hand, may correlate with Class II malocclusions. This may look like maxillary skeletal protrusion in 10 to 15 percent of those with Class II malocclusions. 30% of Class II malocclusions may have maxillary skeletal retrusion.

Short Lingual Frenulum and Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Children – Yu-Shu Huang, Stacey Quo, J Andrew Berkowski and Christian Guilleminault

If a child has an abnormal short lingual frenulum, this can cause issues with the orofacial growth. The width of the upper airway may be at risk of collapsing. This is a concern because it may happen during sleep. Altogether, these issues in childhood can contribute to sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) throughouttheir lives. It’s important for sleep to be monitored in case there are any signs of SDB.

Can myofunctional therapy increase tongue tone and reduce symptoms in children with sleep-disordered breathing? – Maria Pia Villa, Melania Evangelisti, Susy Martella, Maria Barreto, and Marco Del Pozzo

If children have sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), both their sleep and breathing are affected by the skeletal structure. Some children with SDB might thrust their tongues and swallow abnormally. This is a result of nasal obstruction, which may be caused by the skull structure. Children may also breathe through their mouths as a result. Myofunctional therapy (MT) is used to resolve the issue so children can sleep safely and correctly.

Policy on Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

Purpose: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recognizes that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs in the pediatric population. Undiagnosed and/or untreated OSA is associated with cardiovascular complications, impaired growth (including failure to thrive), learning problems, and/or behavioral problems. In order to reduce such complications, AAPD encourages healthcare professionals to routinely screen their patients for increased risk for OSA and to facilitate medical referral when indicated.

Methods: This policy was developed by the Council on Clinical Affairs, and is based on a review of current dental and medical literature pertaining to obstructive sleep apnea including a search with PubMed”/MEDLINE using the terms: sleep apnea and dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sleep disordered breathing; fields: all; limits: within the last ten years, humans, all children zero to 18 years, English, clinical trials, and literature reviews. The search re- turned 3éi articles. The reviewers agreed upon the inclusion of 15 articles that met the defined criteria. When data did not appear sufficient or were inconclusive, policies were based upon expert and/or consensus opinion by experience researchers and clinicians.