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 Erica Hwin

As general dentists, oftentimes we’re the first people to be looking into the mouths of young patients. I know for many of us, treating children can be stressful, and we just want them in and out of there ASAP, no dramas caused. But what if we told you that by doing a simple examination and asking a few key questions, we could make the world of difference to their overall development?

Dr Derek Mahony has been leading the field of orthodontics and early airway intervention for decades now. In this episode, we discuss the links between teeth, the airways and a child’s development. We discuss the importance of a general dentist’s role, the questions we should be asking parents, and what to look out for during our examination of the child.

Resources Mentioned:

American Association of Orthodontics FAQ: https://www3.aaoinfo.org/_/frequently-asked-questions/

BEARS Questionnaire:

https://www.med.upenn.edu/cbti/assets/user-content/documents/BEARS%20Sleep%20Screening%20Tool.pdf


Dr Derek Mahony

Dr. Mahony is a Specialist Orthodontist who has been in private practice for over 30 years. He has built his practice, clinical teaching, and worldwide reputation in offering early interceptive orthodontic treatment. Dr. Mahony is an invited reviewer for many dental journals, in the field of facial development, and its association with nasal breathing. He has been involved in leading research linking maxillary arch expansion to reducing a number of systemic disorders such as bed wetting and ADHD.


Dental Practitioner Support

Dental Practitioner Support is the first national 24/7 telephone and online service to support dental practitioner health and wellbeing in Australia.

The service is free, confidential and independent. Remember, good practice involves seeking support when you need it. Dental practitioners can call and speak to an experienced team ready to provide advice on a wide range of issues, including mental and physical health, workplace issues and general wellbeing.

Call them anytime you need, and even save the number in your phone so that it’s there on the day that you need it.

1800 377 700 or visit the website www.dpsupport.org.au


Clinical Aligner Excellence

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Aligners are becoming an integral part of private practice. Whether you are new to aligner therapy or an experienced practitioner, the opportunities are vast. But how do you do it at a high standard, efficiently and profitably?

Dr Geoff Hall and Dr Jesse Green have come together to help with these key problems through Clear Aligner Excellence – their latest education platform.

Visit clearex.com.au for more information. You can expect a wealth of knowledge to help improve your practice as well as huge discounts on major aligner therapy companies and lab fees.

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