Welcome to What I Wish I Knew by Dental Head Start. This is a podcast where we learn from people that have been there, made the mistakes, learnt the lessons and have developed into the accomplished dental professionals they are today.

It’s your weekly mentoring session.

Hosted by Dr Erica Hwin

Teeth, tongues, thumbs and tonsils. There are so many things to look out for in a growing child and it can be hard to know what requires intervention and what’s a normal part of development. 

This is Part 2 of our series with Dr Shereen Lim on Sleep Disordered Breathing and Airway Health in young children. If you haven’t already be sure to check out Part 1 (TIP #125 – Childhood Bruxism: A Case Study).

In today’s episode we go through the nitty gritty of what to look out for in a clinical examination of a young child and the tell-tale signs that there may be something else going on that’s affecting the way that they are breathing, sleeping, developing and thriving overall.

Dr Shereen Lim

Shereen Lim is an Australia-based dentist with a post graduate diploma in dental sleep medicine from the University of Western Australia. She was one of Australia’s first handful of dentists to obtain a qualification in dental sleep medicine. She has been involved in managing snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea for over a decade and has seen the physical, developmental, mental, and emotional problems that are often associated with these breathing disturbances throughout the lifespan. Her mission is to highlight root causes and promote airway health, or a shift from managing disease and symptoms towards ensuring healthy nasal breathing and good airway development from infancy. She works in private practice and has a special focus on unlocking greater health and wellness through addressing tongue ties, oral dysfunction (during infant feeding, swallowing, breathing, chewing, and speech), and guiding good jaw development during childhood.

Find Dr Shereen Lim’s book Breathe, Sleep Thrive


AHC – What You Should Know Free Webinar Series

Have you ever stumble upon an oral lesion and thought twice about what you should do? Is it normal? Will it go away? Should we be worried?

What can you as a general dentist look out for in your oral cancer screening?

Australian Hands On Courses is running a free webinar with Dr Amanda Phoon Nguyen on her top 10 tips for general dentists when it comes to oral cancer screening and early detection. As part of their mission to help graduates accelerate their growth and reach their utmost potential, AHC is running a series of free online webinars on What You Should Know. 

Understanding Oral Medicine is Module 5 of the series and will be a live webinar Tuesday 25/7 7:00PM AEST. Spots are limited so make sure you sign up via the link in our show notes and stay in the loop for the ongoing series which is free for all students and graduates.


Admetec Loupes by Byron Medical

Lightweight, sturdy and stylish, Admetec’s refractive Ergoloupes are designed to optimise your posture, so you’re not popping a disc trying to prep the distal of that 47. Level up your scales and cleans when you can actually see every tiny fleck of calculus fly off the tooth. With a tiny wireless battery that clips on magnetically and switches out seamlessly even mid procedure, say goodbye to getting tangled in your wires and the painful indents on your nose bridge from having to support heavy loupes.

Byron Medical are Australian based, and are quick and easy to get in touch with and address any issues you have. They’ll even come to your workplace for your initial consult and fitting session. 

For more information, visit https://www.byronmedical.com.au

And don’t forget to mention Dental Head Start, to get a special added bonus with your loupes. 

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